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Ethanol Blood Test

An Ethanol Blood Test is a blood alcohol level test.

Sample Report

Test Code: 017996

CPT Code: 80320

Also Known As: Alcohol, Blood; Blood Alcohol Level; Blood Ethanol Level; Ethyl Alcohol, Blood; EtOH


Gas chromatography (GC)

Specimen Type: Blood


No special preparation required.

Test Results:

2-3 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.



Alcohol consumption is a common part of many people’s lives.  Social gatherings and sporting events often include drinking alcohol in excess of what would be considered moderate consumption.  Moderate drinking is broadly defined as one alcoholic beverage a day for women and two drinks a day for men.  However, how the body metabolizes alcohol depends on much more than just gender.  Weight, genetics, and overall health are factors that also contribute to the body’s ability to process alcohol.  So, how much is too much?  An alcohol blood test (also known as an ethanol blood test) ordered online from Walk-in Labs offers the opportunity for individuals to test the effect of alcohol consumption on themselves specifically.  High levels of alcohol in the blood when alcohol consumption has been low can indicate a problem in liver functioning and would require follow up testing to determine a cause.  Another common use for alcohol blood tests is for legal purposes to see if someone is too intoxicated for certain activities, such as driving.  

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