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had a random 9 panel urine drug screen done,do they test for

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had a random 9 panel urine drug screen done,do they test for alcohol and if so how long will it take for 16 12oz beers to be undetected with an alcoholics liver? This was a VA state (Fairfax Co) test that cost $50.00 which they sent to Mischigan lab. I was told looking for drugs which is NOT a problem, however i drank ALOT 3 days prior
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Drug Testing
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 5 years ago.

A 9 panel drug screen does not test for alcohol.
The 9 panel screen tests for amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, opiates, PCP, barbituates, methadone, benzodiazepines and propoxyphene.

Alcohol is metabolized at a rate of approximately 1 drink per hour. If you had also been tested for alcohol, it would be positive for approximately 16 hours (or, if metabolized a bit more slowly-24 hours). If the lab used EtG testing, this test could potentially be positive from 26 to 80 hours after last drink.

Again, a 9 panel screen does not include alcohol so you should be fine.

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