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Also known as: Ethyl Alcohol; Alcohol; EtOH
Formal name: Ethanol

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To find out if a person has drunk alcohol and to measure the amount of alcohol present in the body

When to Get Tested?

When a patient has symptoms that suggest drunkenness or alcohol toxicity,  or when a person is suspected of breaking drinking-related laws or as part of a drug testing panel for pre-employment or other purposes.

Sample Required?

Ethanol (Ethyl alcohol) can be measured in a blood or urine sample, in breath or (rarely) in saliva. Blood, urine, and saliva samples must be sent to a laboratory for analysis. A breath sample is analysed immediately on site using a breath analyser ("breathalyser").

Test Preparation Needed?