80 Hour Alcohol Test
What is it and How is it Used?
EtG or ETS testing is a urine based laboratory test which can detect the presence of alcohol within 80-hours of a person drinking. The test looks for Ethyl Glucuronide and Ethyl Sulfate in the urine and it can tell within a short period of time if someone has consumed alcohol within a given 2-3 day period. These tests look for metabolites in the urine, which are produced only when alcohol has been consumed.
ETS/EtG is excreted from the body in a number of different ways and these tests are extremely sensitive in nature and nearly impossible to falsify. The 80-hour alcohol test is reliable and accurate in verifying if someone has been abstaining from alcohol and it detects even the smallest level up to 3 ½ days after a person last consumed.
EtG testing is not subject to fermentation or cross-reactivity and it is simple, accurate and highly reliable. Because alcohol is present in a lot of different over the counter products like cough medicine, mouth wash and cleaning products. Such instances are very rare, but if you have been in contact with alcohol in certain products, it is best to know it can result in a positive test result on an 80-hour alcohol test.
Do you wonder how this test is used or administered? An EtG test is used to monitor people on parole, working in health care or other capacities where alcohol abstinence is a must. Doctors, dentists, nurses, police officers and other medical and emergency personnel could be subject to taking one of these tests, in order to ensure sobriety and to determine if there are any individuals who may have a problem with drinking on the job.
Are there different levels of EtG testing? There are three different levels of EtG testing and these include 100 ng, 250 ng, and 500 ng. The test is performed under the guidance of a licensed medical professional and is performed in a laboratory setting in order to ensure there is no tampering on the part of the test subject.
Are there any medications which could make an EtG test positive when a person has not been drinking? This is a common question and so far, only ethyl alcohol seems to produce EtG or ETS. Many medications contain alcohol in low levels and it is possible if you have consumed one of these medications for there to be a positive result on the test.
People who go into an alcohol treatment center for rehab are often given an 80-hour alcohol test in order to maintain sobriety and to find out if the individual has consumed alcohol while in treatment. It is important for people trying to become sober to continue abstaining from alcohol consumption, otherwise treatment will not work.
There are many positive reasons for administering an 80-hour alcohol test and it can help reduce alcohol abuse, help bring home the reality of someone’s drinking problem and it can also help someone stay sober after treatment has concluded as well.
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