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Determination of indigenous and foreign alcoholic beverages' levels in urine by quantitative infrared spectroscopy

FO Oladeinde, EI Nwankwo, OA Moronkola, MA Amosu, B Farayola

Abstract


The comparative levels of indigenous and foreign alcoholic beverages in the urine of 24 University students after drinking a cup or shot of the beverages have been reported. The Fourier Transform infrared  spectroscopy was used for the analysis. From the results, the percentage content of alcohol (%v/v) in burukutu, palmwine, beer, Ogogoro, gin
and ethanol (standard) were 3.2, 6.8, 7.0, 40.0, 41.0 and 96.0 respectively. Similarly, the average levels of alcoholic beverages in the urine (mg/dL) of the students were 120, 200, 210, 220 and 230mg/dL respectively. In conclusion, the present work has shown that there is a relationship between the levels of alcohol consumed and those excreted.
Secondly, the study has provided a scientific basis that some of our local beverages such as palmwine, and ogogoro can serve as good substitutes for some of the foreign beverages such as beer and gin respectively.



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