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Date Posted: 11:50:12 07/27/06 Thu
Author: Clyde
Subject: Re: About that Beer...
In reply to: House 's message, "It Could Be The Beer!" on 10:50:39 07/27/06 Thu

>Saw this on a tri forum:
><a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retri">http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retri</a>
>"Effect of ethanol on the ratio between testosterone
>and epitestosterone in urine.
>Falk O, Palonek E, Bjorkhem I.
>Department of Clinical Chemistry, Huddinge Hospital,
>The testosterone/epitestosterone weight ratio in urine
>is used to detect cases of doping when an athlete has
>treated himself with exogenous testosterone. When this
>ratio exceeds 6, it is considered evidence of
>testosterone doping. We show here that intake of
>ethanol can affect this ratio. Ingestion of 110-160 g
>of ethanol, about 2 g per kilogram body weight,
>increased the ratio between testosterone and
>epitestosterone in urine from 1.14 +/- 0.07 to 1.52
>+/- 0.09 in four healthy male volunteers. The increase
>ranged from 30% to 90% in the different subjects
>studied (mean 41%). In cases where doping with
>testosterone is suspected, the possibility should be
>considered that at least part of an observed increased
>testosterone/epitestosterone ratio in urine is
>ascribable to previous ingestion of ethanol.
>PMID: 3390919 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]"

In retrospect, all the publicity around the beer almost makes it look like they were trying a little too hard. In the photo that I saw, Floyd was sitting in the car, holding a can so that it could be seen through the window: "Look everyone, <i>I'm having a beer.</i>" He didn't drink it the team bus or back the hotel, but rather where everyone would notice...

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