The First Annual African Meeting of Alcohol Toxicology

The First Annual African Meeting of Alcohol Toxicology

Do you want to know what happens when you drink alcohol? Do you want to know how long it takes to get tipsy or drunk? Or to understand the effect of food when drinking? Or the effect of carbonated drinks combined with alcohol? Do you want to know the biology behind alcohol and digestion? And how it affects the brain? Then this is the gathering for you! World leading forensic alcohol toxicologist, Jim Wigmore, will be in South Africa, joined by a number of local authoritative speakers in a two-day gathering discussing alcohol toxicology.

Wigmore is a forensic alcohol toxicologist, speaker, expert witness and author of Wigmore on Alcohol: Courtroom Alcohol Toxicology for the Medicolegal Professional. He worked with the Centre of Forensic Sciences (CFS) in Toronto, Canada, for almost three decades. An alumnus of the University of Toronto, he has served as a member of the Alcohol Test Committee, advised the federal Minister of Justice on breath and blood alcohol testing and testified in over 600 criminal trials at various levels of court.

Along with other speakers, Wigmore will lead discussions on alcohol consumption, medical and legal implications of alcohol levels in our bodies, the pharmacology of alcohol, detection and interpretation of alcohol results and the legal and occupational health framework of alcohol consumption. This gathering, the first annual African meeting on Alcohol Toxicology, will be on the from 23rd to 24th of April 2018, at the National Institute of Occupational Health at 25 Hospital St, Constitution Hill in Johannesburg.

The gathering is the first of a joint collaboration and initiative by the African Academy of Sciences, the National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH), Alcohol Breathalysers Pty (Ltd) and the University of the Witwatersrand’s Forensic Medicine and Pathology Department. It will raise interesting insights and discussion areas especially for law enforcement, the insurance sector, mining safety, occupational health and safety, those in the legal fraternity, forensic specialists and anyone else who deals with alcohol in the workplace and on the road.

Other exciting personalities speaking alongside Wigmore will include:

  • Tshepiso Mphamo from the National Metrology Institute of South Africa
  • Caryn Hepburb from Microsep Pty. Ltd.
  •  from the South African Society of Occupational Medicine
  • Advocate J. Scheeper from the National Prosecuting Authority
  • Ildi Fenyvesi Wainer from the Department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: University of the Witwatersrand
  • Thabo Seete from the Road Traffic Management Corporation

On the evening of the 23rd of April 2018, there will be a networking event at the landmark Rand Club in the heart of Johannesburg. Here, all attendees, speakers and sponsors will network and engage other stakeholders.

Attending this event will cost R3,000 per person for the entire two days. This includes all day meals and refreshments. Any bookings for 5 people and above will get a discounted cost of R2,000 per person. Those interested to attend can contact Ildi Wainer from University of Witwatersrand on her officer number: 011 489 1641, on her mobile: 083 452 1261 and on email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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