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Is a urine analysis the same as an ETG test for Alcohol? I

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is a urine analysis the same as an ETG test for Alcohol?
JA: Is this a time sensitive issue? What type of specimen are they testing?
Customer: I was told about an complaint regarding potential concern for alcohol consumption on Wed. I am not on any probation or anything. I stopped consuming alc that day. i was just told i have to submit an UA tomorrow... VERY Time sensitive
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I have not had any alc for over 24 so far and it will be 40+ hours by the time I submit the sample... Is threre a difference in detection between UA and ETC?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 months ago.

Hello, this is Dr. David. I am reviewing your question now and will be with you momentarily.

Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 months ago.


urinalysis checks for red blood cells, white blood cells, bacteria, and signs of urine bacterial infections.

ETG is a urine test to check for alcohol prior use.

a UA would not test for alcohol use.

but a urine test for ETG can check for prior alcohol use in the past 50-80 hours prior to urine test.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
even if I stopped consuming alcohol approx 40-44 hours prior to the test I am hosed? Does the test come back pass fail or is there a level provided?
Also is there anything I can do the help pass this test? I am not on probation or anything. I had no reason to believe I would ever need to be tested.
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 months ago.

you are not hosed

you have a 50/50 chance of passing the test.

the ETG test is pass fail

Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 months ago.

is it your workplace asking for this urine test?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
No, it is the county... There was an allegation. As soon as I heard about it I did not consume any alc, however the county requested a clean sample prior to being allowed to be alone with my children (I will be 100% OK by Monday) or if I had heard about the allegation earlier. I never stated I had not had alc at all in the past 80 hours, just as soon I heard what was going on..
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Will it do me any good to consume a ton of water and not eat?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 months ago.

no, that most likely will not help.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I would love to call but I am not in a private area...
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 months ago.

that is fine

you don't have to accept additional phone consult services

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