Intended for the clinical, workplace, and home environments requiring the ability to test for current alcohol consumption and up to 24 hours after ingestion. In zero tolerance and instances of abstinence enforcement, the alcohol urine test from 12 Panel Medical are some of the most advanced alcohol urine tests available.
Standard SAMHSA-5 paneled urine tests do not have the capability of testing for alcohol. Immunoassay testing strips for alcohol are a cost-effective and minimally invasive method for detecting the presence of alcohol almost immediately after ingestion. Rapid results test results are available within 5 minutes of testing, are 100% user-friendly and 99% accurate.
The liver metabolizes approximately 90 to 95 percent of the alcohol a person consumes. If the amount of alcohol consumed exceeds the amount the liver can sufficiently process within one hour. The alcohol contained in the blood and those levels referred to as the blood alcohol content (BAC).
The remaining 5 to 10 percent of alcohol excreted through the lungs as well as in the form of sweat and urine. Alcohol urine tests detect the alcohol eliminated through urine. Immunoassay testing membranes are sensitive to even the lowest levels of the ethanol, the intoxicating chemical compound found in alcohol. They are recommended in zero tolerance and abstinence enforcement settings wherein very recent alcohol intoxication must detect, including:
- DUI or DWI programs
- Rehabilitation programs
- Professional monitoring programs
- Liver transplant patients
- Court cases
- Probation and parole
The accuracy of alcohol urine tests is reliable for up to 24 hours following ingestion. Where detection for up to 80 hours following ingestion is required, operators might consider conducting ETG alcohol tests, which detect ethyl glucuronide, a metabolite of alcohol, for longer detection periods.
Approximately 0.5 to 2 percent of the alcohol a person ingests eliminated through the urine. Alcohol urine tests detect the presence of ethanol in the urine. Which metabolized within an hour of consuming alcohol. The accuracy of alcohol urine tests greatly decreases after 12 hours and, after 24 hours, the alcohol urine test cutoff levels for ethanol are no longer an accurate indicator of alcohol consumption.
The most advanced alcohol urine tests use immunoassay technology to detect ethanol, the first and most detectable metabolite of alcohol immediately following consumption. Cutoff concentrations for ethanol are preset at >0.04%.
The length of time that alcohol is detectable in the body are also highly dependent on several other variables. These include age, gender, weight, the amount of alcohol consumed, the amount of food consumed before ingestion, and overall physical health.
A sample urine specimen must collect from the donor for testing. When the urine specimen is ready for testing, the operator will remove the alcohol urine test strip from the protective packaging.
The testing strip may damage by extended exposure to light and air. Do not remove the strip until ready to perform the test to ensure the most reliable results. If the testing strip removed from packaging more than 1 hour prior to testing, the results should not interpret.
Do not touch the strip membrane. Bacteria from hands and surfaces may contaminate the testing strip and invalidate results.
Hold the alcohol urine test strip where the product name is printed. Carefully place the testing strip membrane into the cup, in a vertical position. Do not immerse the strip past the MAX line on the testing strip.
Allow the strip to absorb as much of the sample as possible, immersing the membrane in the specimen for at least 10 to 15 seconds. You might notice color moving across the strip, but the results cannot read before five minutes. Do not interpret results after 10 minutes.
If the specimen contains more than the pre-determined alcohol urine test cutoff levels, the result is positive. This indicated by one colored band in the control region and no colored band in the test region. Positive results should send to a toxicology laboratory for confirmation.
A negative result indicated by one colored band in the control region. One colored band in the test region. A negative result indicates that the specimen does not reach the alcohol urine test cutoff levels.
If no colored band appears in the control indicator of the alcohol urine test, the result is invalid. The test must perform again. If the problem persists, you may contact your local distributor.
Alcohol urine tests are particularly sensitive to false-positives as a result of passive exposure to products containing alcohol. For that reason, alcohol tests should followed-up with an ETG and ETS test, which detects other metabolites of ethanol. The detection of other biomarkers more accurately determines alcohol use.