Urine Alcohol Test: Specimen Type: Urine
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Urine Alcohol Testing
Urine tests aren’t limited to looking for the evidence of drugs. At Test Smartly Labs we can also test the urine for the presence of alcohol. This is a preferred way of testing to see if someone has been drinking alcohol by several individuals, and especially employers and attorneys who need a glimpse into someone’s alcohol use (or abuse) for a longer period of time.
How Does Urine Alcohol Testing Work?
Breath alcohol tests and blood alcohol tests will let you know someone’s alcohol levels within 12-24 hours of drinking, but a urine alcohol test can show you how much someone’s been drinking up to 80 hours afterwards.
When we drink, we intake alcohol (also called ethanol). Ethanol enters our body and quickly goes to our bloodstream and other organs. Our body treats alcohol like any other substance we put into it – it quickly starts breaking it down.
As the body breaks down alcohol, it forms byproducts (also called metabolites) that travel around the body. These will stay in the body longer than the alcohol itself. The metabolites that ethanol give off are called EtG (ethyl glucuronide) and EtS (ethyl sulfate). These metabolites show up in urine and provide insight into if someone’s recently consumed alcohol, and how much.
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This is one of the most accurate alcohol tests there is.
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This is also a test that’s very difficult to cheat, and leaves little room for error.
- Wider Window
Because we’re dealing with metabolites, the detection window is much wider – it will pick up if someone has had alcohol in 3-4 days (rather than the 12-24 hours of breath and blood tests) if not longer.
Needing to routinely check if someone’s been drinking? Urine testing is a good option.
Be prepared for your drug test!
- Bring your Government Issued Picture ID
- Bring Drug Test Paperwork or Authorization
- Complete TSL Intake Form & HIPAA Disclosure
- Pay for your test on site
- Make sure you are hydrated if you are performing a Urine Test
- Expect to have your nail polish removed if getting a Nail Drug Test
- We do not need your prescription information but a Medical Review Officer
(MRO) may contact you after collection to verify your medications.
- For urine testing, plan on arriving 3 hours before we close (1 hr
minimum) to provide a cushion of time for a shy bladder situation.
- For hair testing, be sure to dry your hair completely before arriving.
- For nail testing, be sure to clean your nails with soap and water
before arriving. Also, artificial nails and polish must be removed.
What Are Your Hours?
- All Test Smartly Labs are open Monday through Friday, from 9am - 5pm
- The Overland Park Testing Center is also open from 9am – 1pm on Saturdays
Do We Need To Have An Appointment?
- No appointment is required to come into our labs, and all of our locations are on a walk-in basis. However, it is recommended you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing. If your situation requires special time considerations, please call us to determine if it would be better to arrange an appointment time.
Do I Need Doctors’ Orders For Testing?
- No doctors’ orders needed, we are a Direct-Access Testing Center. You are encouraged to consult your medical professional with your lab test results.
What’s The Turnaround Time For Lab Work?
- Average turnaround time is 2-5 business days depending on the complexity of the lab work. Most tests are available in 2-3 days.
Do You Need A List Of My Medications For A Drug Test?
- Per protocol, the lab techs are not allowed to receive or ask for your medications. A medical review officer or MRO, a licensed physician who specializes in toxicology, will call you and ask for your medications and your physician’s phone number if it’s detected in your sample during testing. The MRO will then call your physician to verify your medications.