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EtG Alcohol Test

An EtG Test for alcohol looks back 70 to 80 hours. EtG (Ethyl Glucuronide) is present in the body for approximately three days after drinking alcohol. This test is often ordered in child custody cases, to ensure the sobriety of a custodial parent, or whenever a person is required to be completely abstinent for a period of time.

Employers and individuals can find a clinic location and register online for an EtG test or call (888) 378-2499 to set up random alcohol testing.

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What is an EtG Alcohol test?

Ethyl glucuronide or EtG is a metabolite of alcohol. It becomes present in the urine a short while after a person begins to drink beer, wine, or liquor, and then lasts for approximately 70 to 80 hours. An EtG Urine Alcohol Test looks for this metabolite to indicate if a person has consumed alcohol over the past 3 days.

How is this different than a breath alcohol test?

While breath alcohol detects the level alcohol that is currently in the blood, the EtG Urine Alcohol Test allows for a much farther look back period. The actual levels of EtG are influenced by how far back during the window of detection that the person consumed the alcohol, and how much the person drank. However, the results of this test will not tell you exactly when a person consumed alcohol, or how much alcohol was consumed.

Who Should Order an EtG test?

When someone consumes alcohol (ethanol), the body metabolizes it at the rate of approximately one drink per 90 minutes. However, once the alcohol is gone, a side product of the body's metabolization, known as ethyl glucorinide, remains. This metabolite stays in the urine for about 3 days after the consumption of alcohol. Therefore, EtG tests should be ordered to check if someone has had any alcohol at all over a specific, extended time period. Since these tests look back 3 days, it is appropriate in certain situations, such as: when a parent with a known alcohol problem has had custody of children for the weekend; when a recovering alcoholic has returned from rehab and needs to be tested on an ongoing basis; when a college student agrees with his or her parents to remain alcohol free and get tested randomly.

What is the difference between Basic vs. EtG Alcohol Tests

One size does not fit all when it comes to alcohol testing. The version of the test that you choose should be based on your unique circumstances. Alcohol, unlike illegal substances, is permitted and fully legal in many circumstances, but not in others. As an employer, it is important to order the right test so as not to accidentally trample on your employees' legal rights to consume alcohol on their own time. If you're testing for private reasons, it's also vital to know which alcohol test best suits your needs.

Urine Alcohol - 12 hour lookback

The Basic Urine Alcohol Test is a less expensive test ($77) and does not screen for EtG at all. Rather, it tests only for "ethanol". In other words, it's looking for the actual presence of alcohol in the bloodstream, rather than a metabolite that might last longer than the alcohol itself. Once the actual alcohol has been excreted, it is no longer detectable by this basic test. This test is generally known to look back at the last 12 hours, but the timeframe can vary somewhat from person to person depending on the amount of alcohol consumed and other factors.

Combined EtG plus Drug Test

Health Street offers several combined drug and alcohol tests to save time and money by testing both in one panel. We have options to add a basic, an advanced, or a comprehensive screening for drugs.

Alcohol Testing During Divorce or Child Custody

If you are going through or a divorce and fear for the safety of your children when in the custody of your spouse or ex-spouse due to a known alcohol problem, Health Street can help. The best practice is to come to an agreement to test for the presence of alcohol on a set periodic basis, or on a random basis, depending on your situation. There are 6 factors to consider when crafting a drug or alcohol testing agreement during a divorce. Health Street can help manage the testing once the parties have come to an understanding about such matters as:
  • Frequency of Testing
  • Random vs. Scheduled vs. Post-Custodial Period
  • How the Results are Reported
  • Who Pays
  • Specific Version of the Test (EtG vs. Basic)

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By Stephen D Leonard, MD on August 1, 2021
I'm an FAA designated medical examiner, receiving reports on a pilot being monitored for an alcohol history. Your reports are timely and appropriate. I was puzzled the first time I got a notice that a credit card I didn't recognize, which turned out to be the pilot's, was being charged. You don't need to send me anything but the testing reports. But overall, all good.
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By Joe on July 21, 2021
Nice, helpful staff; but high prices.
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By David Tapp on June 28, 2021
Friendly staff. Wait times werent bad.
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By NG on June 4, 2021
Excellent service - helpful enrollment and careful follow through with good instructions and repeated updates
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By Macy Varnell on May 28, 2021
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By Dustin on May 7, 2021
Health Street was great. I got the EtG Alcohol test in MT. The customer service was amazing and very friendly. I got actual people when I called and they were able to handle all of my questions instantly. Great service, thank you.
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By Anonymous on April 23, 2021
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By N/A on March 20, 2021
Im so happy with results. It was court ordered and he always tampered with his test but health street def. caught it.
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By Elizabeth S on January 12, 2021
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