EtG, or Ethyl Glucuronide, is the ingredient responsible for the intoxicating effect of wine, beer, and liquor and is produced by the fermentation of yeast, sugars, and starches.
Before EtG testing, the most widely available test to determine alcohol levels was through the detection of Ethyl Alcohol. This method is unreliable after four hours or less and not much use in family law cases unless the subject of the test was a severe alcoholic. Parents with less severe drinking problems, but problems nonetheless, could easily slip through the net simply by avoiding a drink for a few hours.
Alcohol breathalyzer monitoring improves co-parenting relationships when there are concerns about one of the parent’s alcohol consumption. After one year of monitoring I sent two surveys, one to my Soberlink monitoring participants and one to the concerned parent. Thirteen monitoring participants and six concerned parents responded.
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University, announced Outreach Smartphone Monitoring as one of the Top 25 programs in this year’s Innovations in American Government Awards competition.
Outreach Smartphone Monitoring (OSM) is an alcohol monitoring technology that is similar to the Soberlink alcohol monitoring technology. OSM system provides testing and monitoring software using the BacTrack breathalyzer device. OSM and BacTrack are two separate companies. Soberlink provides a complete service package (i.e., the device, testing and monitoring software and results analysis).