Synonyms/Also Known as
Ethyl Alcohol, Alcohol, Blood Alcohol Level
Drugs of Abuse Screen, Emergency and Overdose Drug Testing, Complete Blood Count, Glucose, Electrolytes
Why get tested?
To measure the amount of ethanol present in blood and to determine if a person has consumed ethanol or not.
When to get tested?
When there are signs and symptoms related to intoxication or ethanol poisoning. When a person is suspected of violating law related to alcohol consumption and as a part of panel testing for drugs of abuse.
Test preparation needed
No special preparation required
About The Test
How is it used
1. Which sample is a better option?
Blood, breath, urine, and/or saliva samples may be tested. Blood ethanol testing may also be ordered to confirm breath testing or as an alternative to breath testing. Urine testing may also be done as an alternative method. Saliva alcohol testing is not widely used.
2. Does everyone have same rates of alcohol metabolism?
Alcohol metabolism rate depends on race, sex, body weight, certain drugs and food consumption etc.
3. Can alcohol be metabolised faster?
Alcohol must be metabolized and eliminated by the liver. Food will slow the absorption of ethanol and coffee relieves intoxication, but neither will speed up the metabolism.