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Also known as: Ethyl Alcohol; Alcohol; EtOH; Blood Alcohol Level; BAL; Blood Alcohol Content; BAC
Formal name: Ethanol

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine if a person has consumed ethanol and to measure the amount of ethanol present

When to Get Tested?

When someone has signs and symptoms that suggest intoxication or ethanol poisoning; when a person is suspected of violating drinking-related laws, or as part of a drug testing panel

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in the arm, a urine sample, or sometimes a breath sample; rarely, saliva is collected. Blood, urine, and saliva samples must be sent to a laboratory for analysis. A breath sample is analyzed immediately on site using a breathalyzer.

Test Preparation Needed?