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How does a urine alcohol test work? Is it acccurate?

How does a  urine alcohol test work? Is it acccurate?

Alcohol metabolite: The common alcohol urine test examines the urine for a metabolite of alcohol, ethyl glucronide. It can be detected up to five days after intake of alcohol, so called 80 hour test. It is accurate and may be too accurate in that the result may be positive for using alcohol gel for hand sanitation. ...Read more

Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more


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How long does a urine alcohol test result take to come back from the lab?

How long does a urine alcohol test result take to come back from the lab?

Depends: The test itself can be done in less than one day. However the lab may not run the test everyday and there may be delays in transport of the specimen to the lab and in reporting the results. In general your doctor should get the results in 2-5 days. ...Read more

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Dealing with Blood in Urine (Checklist)

Rule out infection as a cause with a urinalysis or culture
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Ask your doctor to review your medications to identify cause
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Rule out kidney stones with your doctor
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If male, schedule a prostate exam
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How does a urine alcohol test work? Is it acccurate?

Alcohol metabolite: The common alcohol urine test examines the urine for a metabolite of alcohol, ethyl glucronide. It can be detected up to five days after intake of alcohol, so called 80 hour test. It is accurate and may be too accurate in that the result may be positive for using alcohol gel for hand sanitation. ...Read more

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Is there a condition that would cause a urine alcohol test to be abnormally high?

Is there a condition that would cause a urine alcohol test to be abnormally high?

Ethyyl Glucuronide: Urine test for alcohol is so sensitive that it tcan give a false positive after any exposure to alcohol including alcohol from hand sanitizers, medications, cosmetics etc. Negative test is reliable. 90% of alcohol is broken down in the liver, rest comes out in urine, exhaled breath & sweat. Fructose ingestion increases alcohol metabolism & thus could result in a false high for alcohol metabolites. ...Read more

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Anyone have experience with urine alcohol tests? Same as blood alcohol?

Anyone have experience with urine alcohol tests? Same as blood alcohol?

No: Blood alcohol tests examined for alcohol. Urine test looks for a metabolite, ethyl glucronide and may be positive for up to five days. ...Read more

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What is the difference between your blood alcohol level and urine alcohol level?

What is the difference between your blood alcohol level and urine alcohol level?

Different sources: Blood alcohol level is measured from your blood, urine alcohol level is from a urine test. ...Read more