Using Transdermal Alcohol Monitoring to Detect Low-Level Drinking

John D. Roache, Tara E. Karns, Nathalie Hill-Kapturczak, Jillian Mullen, Yuanyuan Liang, Richard J. Lamb, Donald M. Dougherty

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Background: Several studies demonstrate the utility of Alcohol Monitoring Systems' (AMS) transdermal alcohol concentration (TAC) monitor to objectively quantify drinking. AMS standard criteria (i.e., TAC >0.02 g/dl) used for drinking detection are deliberately conservative, but consequently only detect drinking equivalent to 5 or more standard drinks. Our study sought to characterize the sensitivity of TAC measurement to detect low-level drinking defined as the consumption of 1 to 3 beers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1120-1127
Number of pages8
JournalAlcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • Alcohol Consumption
  • Heavy Drinking
  • Low-Level Drinking
  • Transdermal Alcohol Concentration
  • Transdermal Alcohol Monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Toxicology


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