Hair Alcohol Test
Our Hair Follicle Test for Alcohol determines if a person has been drinking regularly in the past 90 days. This test is typically ordered by courts following DUI infractions, ex-spouses in custody disputes, clinicians treating alcoholism, and families concerned about underage drinking. This alcohol hair test can be combined with a hair follicle drug test in order to test for drugs and alcohol at the same time.
Urine tests and breathalyzers aren’t the only way to test for alcohol use. In some instances, an alcohol hair follicle test is preferable since it has a much longer detection window than other types of testing. For court cases and in medical treatment settings, a hair follicle test for alcohol is often the preferred method of testing. Individuals and employers can register online or call (888) 378-2499.
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Hair Alcohol Test$600
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Schedule an Alcohol Hair Test?
To order an hair follicle test for alcohol, register online or call us at (888) 378-2499 for assistance. We will send you a registration code that can be used at the nearest lab to the city, state and/or zip code you choose. When the person being tested walks into the lab, they simply present the registration code along with their photo ID.
When Will I Get My Results?
Results for hair follicle tests are usually available in five to seven business days. Non-negative test results take longer, as they must be confirmed by the lab.
How Long Does Alcohol Stay in Hair?
Alcohol’s metabolite, EtG, stays in your hair for up to 90 days. While a hair follicle alcohol test can’t tell you when the person had a drink, it does indicate an average EtG level. It won’t register for a single drink, but rather habitual or binge drinking.
How Accurate Are Hair Tests for Alcohol?
Hair follicle alcohol testing produces reliable and accurate results if you’re testing for frequent and/or heavy alcohol use in the past three months. It is not a good indicator of casual alcohol consumption, nor can it be used to identify current or very recent alcohol use; it takes approximately five days for alcohol to be detectable in a person’s hair.
About Our Hair Alcohol Test
Who Should Register for Our Hair Follicle Alcohol Test and Why
Hair follicle tests are used by those who need an alcohol test that provides the longest possible detection window for alcohol use.
You should consider hair follicle alcohol testing (EtG) if you are:
Combined with a hair follicle drug test, this professional lab test can be used to detect both drugs and alcohol simultaneously.
How a Hair Follicle EtG Alcohol Test Works
Our hair testing looks for ethyl glucuronide (EtG), which is one of the two metabolites that occur naturally in the body from the breakdown of ethanol. EtG is present in the hair long after ethanol can be measured. Ethanol is the substance in alcoholic drinks which causes intoxication.
To perform hair testing, our trained technicians cut approximately 60 to 100 strands of hair. This hair must be at least 1.5 inches in length per strand to be analyzed. We can use a hair sample from the head, leg, armpit, or chest. If the person’s head hair isn’t long enough, please choose the body hair option when you register. Many (though not all) of our clinics perform hair follicle tests. For those that do, only certain labs will perform the test on body hair. We will register you with the right clinic based on your location and your specific needs.
Hair Follicle Alcohol Testing vs Other Types of Alcohol Tests
The main difference between hair follicle testing, EtG urine alcohol tests and Peth alcohol tests, aside from the method of sample collection, is the length of time that prior alcohol use can be detected. Our urine alcohol test is the shortest, with a lookback of just 12 hours. EtG urine tests go back 3 days. The PEth alcohol test can show prior alcohol use for up to 3 weeks. Only the alcohol hair test can detect alcohol consumption for up to 90 days.
Why Choose Health Street
At Health Street, we provide testing for individuals and organizations, and can help you determine the best type of alcohol test for your circumstances. Give us a call if you have questions about our EtG hair alcohol test and other screening services, or you can visit our blog to learn more about our hair follicle tests.
Health Street offers many other options for alcohol testing. If you’d like to see a comprehensive list of all the tests that we offer, you can view all alcohol tests here.