Increasing the Timeframe for Alcohol Tests

Increasing the Timeframe for Alcohol Tests

Just imagine that you have been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault. You can clearly see that the other driver is drunk but for one reason or another, there is no way of administering a test for alcohol until a few hours or a day later. You may find yourself facing liability for an incident that is actually not your fault because of this.

This sort of situation highlights one of the main problems facing alcohol testing. In most cases, alcohol can only be tested when it is still present in the system. This real time testing for alcohol works well enough when you’re screening drivers on the road or your employees before they enter a workplace. In such situations, the main problem is ensuring that the person isn’t under the influence of alcohol as they perform whichever duty they are supposed to perform.

However, there are times when you may not want a real time check for alcohol but to check for evidence of alcohol use at some earlier time. Analysing this type of exposure is particularly useful when you want to check for evidence of prior heavy use. In the past, there were not many ways of doing this and none that were cheap.

One of these tests is the Liver function test which is used to check for the amount of certain enzymes that are associated with heavy use of alcohol. The other test is hair strand analysis. Just as with other drugs and other substances that we consume, hair can retain evidence of alcohol use for much longer. The downside of both of these tests is that they cost a lot of money and take a lot of time. If the testing involves a large number of employees, the cost implications could be high.


ETG Alcohol Test Strips

The ETG 80 hour urine alcohol screen has been around since 2015 and it provides a viable solution to checking for evidence of alcohol use much later. These testing strips are simply dipped in the urine of the test subject and they are able to detect if the person consumed alcohol in the past 80 hours. The strips are designed to check for the presence of ETG which is an alcohol metabolite that can be detected up to 72 hours after alcohol was last metabolized- hence the 80 hour window for detection.

The obvious limitation of these strips is the 80 hour window for detecting alcohol use which means that any consumption before that may go unnoticed. However, this is still a significant improvement to what has been available in the past and there are many valid applications for these strips. In companies where people may be performing roles that require total abstinence, these strips can be very useful for testing. In rehabilitation facilities, these strips may help to detect evidence of a relapse early which may have significant results.

These testing strips are quite affordable and can be bought in batches or individually.


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