Monday and Tuesday November 21st – 22nd from noon to noon

Location: RMV in Linköping

Registration: Open for members. Deadline for registration is November 4th

Cost: Free


Course description

This focus is interpretation of ethanol (and some other volatiles) in driving under the

influence, violent crimes, and in autopsy cases. The ethanol kinetics after single and

repeated intake will be discussed in the context of time-of- dose estimations using

BAC and UAC as well as direct ethanol metabolites such as ethyl glucuronide. The

implications for the hip flask defence will be discussed. The participants will have the

opportunity to practically defend opinions during the course. The course will also

highlight the differences and similarities between the Nordic countries’ legislations

around alcohol and driving as well as the national laboratories’ strategy to analyse

and interpret results. In the part on post mortem alcohol we will discuss the formation

of ethanol and other alcohols and how to investigate possible artefacts using different

matrices and ethanol metabolites.



Monday November 21st: Ante mortem ethanol interpretation

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-13.15 Welcome

13.15-15.00 DUI legislation and practises in the Nordic countries – short communications from country representatives

15.00-15.20 Refreshment break

15.20-16.00 Ethanol absorption, distribution, and elimination (Robert Kronstrand)

16.00-17.00 Ethyl glucuronide to interpret time of intake (Gudrun Høiseth)

17.15-18.15 Dose estimations and back-calculations; practical session


Tuesday November 22nd: Post mortem alcohol interpretation

09.00-10.00 Post mortem alcohols, a review (Fredrik Kugelberg)

10.00-10.15 Refreshment break

10.15-11.15 Alcohol markers in post mortem toxicology (Gudrun Høiseth)

11.15-12.00 Case discussions; practical session

12.00-13.00 Lunch