Blood alcohol (BAC) is the standard test following a positive breathanalyser test in roadside testing and in suspicion testing at workplace. As a forensic laboratory we measure the alcohol in compliance with the high standards of forensic toxicology so that the results can be used without restrictions in legal proceedings. We test several thousand blood samples for BAC per year.
In Germany the limit for the absolute unfitness to drive is 1.1 ‰ and the driver loses his driver´s license if the measured BAC is equal or above 1.6 ‰. We routinely test for BAC according to German forensic toxicology guidelines such that our results are legally defensible. Moreover, our team of forensic toxicologists provides oral and written expert witness for more than 25 years.
CDT or Carbohydrate Deficient Transferrin is a variant of the transferrin protein. Excessive alcohol consumption for several weeks causes an increase of the CDT concentration in the blood. Two or three weeks after reduction of alcohol intake or after abstinence the CDT value normalizes.
CDT is a good marker of recent alcohol consumption and is superior to liver values ALT, AST, GGT or the blood count value MCV. However, it can not be used to prove abstinence. This can only be achieved by measuring ethylglucuronide (EtG) as the direct metabolite of alcohol in urine, serum or hair.
In order to reach the best analytical results we measure the different CDT fractions at our laboratory with a chromatographic method (HPLC).