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.
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?