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How long after drinking are blood alcohol tests accurate

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Dr. Stephen Beene
Hospital-based practice 32 years experience
No: NO. Hypoglycemia can be associated with severe cirrhosis but this is usually in cases that are near end-stage

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Passing an alcohol: Test is the very least of your problems. Alcohol is metabolized in the liver, and sweating and urinating remove only a very tiny amount. We metabolize... Read More
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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Very low if 1 drink: If all you had was one drink, it is most likely that you will have fully metabolized the alcohol by that time. If, however, the last drink was at the ... Read More
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Probably yes: Alcohol has an approximate detection time of 12-24 hours in urine in routine tests. The detection time for alcohol depends upon the maximum level of b... Read More
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Depends: On how much you were drinking, how long it was since you had your last drink, and to some extent your tolerance to alcohol and your size. If your alco... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Alcohol and meds: It may prove to stay in your system longer, but not raise the levels over all.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David LaMond
Bariatrics 20 years experience
Alcohol=sugar: Alcohol is the same as sugar in your body. After consuming any type of sugar, your body produces insulin, the storage hormone of sugar/carbs, to proc... Read More
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
How was the sample: Preserved? Five weeks is generally too long to store whole blood and it will deteriorate. Was it for medical testing or for legal reasons? If it was l... Read More
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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It goes up the more: you drink. Depending on gender and to some extent size, it goes up about 200 mg% (0.02) with each drink, also dependent on how quickly you drink, and... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Depends: Your metabolism, length of time between and since last drink, if you consume food at the same time, and the type of drink may all affect blood alcohol... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not a linear one: It depends on the size and gender of the person. However, your brain function gets impaired with the first drink. Alcohol is a poison and it never did... Read More

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