The Alcohol ETG Urine Test
For decades, simple urine tests and breathalyzers were used to detect if one has consumed alcohol recently, but no method was able to answer if one has consumed alcohol in the past 3 to 4 days. This is because alcohol dissipates itself from the system in a matter of hours.
Labs have come up with a new protocol, which is being tagged as “gold standard of alcohol testing” for it can tell if someone has consumed alcohol up to 80 hours prior. This latest method works on the concept of Alcohol Biomarkers.
Alcohol biomarkers are the physiological compounds that are produced when alcohol is metabolized by the body. They are used as an indication of consumption of alcohol. A direct biomarker is Ethyl Glucuronide (ETG), which forms the basis of this latest alcohol detection method, which is also known as The ETG test (Alcohol / ETG Hair and Folical Testing).
The Alcohol ETG Urine Test is a biomarker test that detects the presence of ethyl glucuronide in the urine samples. Actually, alcohol, when metabolized by the liver, forms ethyl glucuronic acid i.e. when someone consumes alcohol, in the liver, a compound called glucuronic acid reacts with it and forms Ethyl glucuronide as a metabolite. Alcohol dissipates within few hours but ETG particles remains in the system for as long as 80 hours.
This amazing sensitivity makes this method most suitable to be applied in a diverse array of situations to find illegal, long-term alcohol consumption. Since its implementation, this test has gained wide popularity & acceptance all across the globe.
This test is also conducted in the corporate world to profile the alcohol habits, and use of illicit drugs by their prospective employees.
This test can greatly facilitate alcohol detection in those individuals who are legally prohibited from consuming alcohol, either by the law or by their employer.
EtG Urine Testing Benefits:
Detect recent usage more accurately and for a longer time period compared with standard testing
Great for abstinence and zero tolerance circumstances, such as monitoring in alcohol treatment programs
Provide an accurate and reliable indication of alcohol ingestion within the previous 3 to 4 days
EtG is only detectable when alcohol is ingested and is not produced as a result of alcohol fermentation (medical conditions such as diabetes)
EtG test function as an early warning system that can identify relapse patterns
EtG tests can be accurate and reliable when performed by LC/MS/MS on state of the art equipment
EtG tests can also be run on urine specimens in conjunction with other drug testing methods.