ETG Frequently Asked Questions

What is ETG Testing?

How long can ETG be detected in urine?

How accurate is an ETG test?

What is a positive ETG test?

What causes false positive ETG tests?

How can I pass a ETG test?

Can I drink water or do anything to help pass?

What is considered light vs. moderate vs. heavy drinking?

Understanding Ethyl Glucuronide (EtG) and EtG Testing: Your Guide to Alcohol Detection
What is EtG?

Ethyl glucuronide (EtG) is a direct metabolite of alcohol (ethanol). When your body breaks down alcohol, EtG is formed and excreted in your urine and sweat. Unlike alcohol itself, EtG can be detected for a longer period of time, making it a valuable tool for monitoring recent alcohol consumption.

What is EtG testing?

EtG testing is a laboratory procedure that measures the amount of EtG in a person’s urine or sweat. It can be used to detect alcohol consumption for up to 80 hours after the last drink. This makes it a more sensitive and reliable method for identifying recent alcohol use compared to breathalyzer tests, which only detect alcohol in the breath and only for a short period of time.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about EtG and EtG testing:

Q: How long can EtG be detected in the body?

A: EtG can be detected in urine for up to 80 hours after the last drink. In sweat, it can be detected for a few days depending on the individual and factors like sweat rate and amount of alcohol consumed.

Q: How accurate is EtG testing?

A: EtG testing is highly accurate for detecting recent alcohol consumption. However, the specific detection window may vary depending on the laboratory and testing method used.

Q: What are some limitations of EtG testing?

A: EtG testing cannot determine the amount of alcohol consumed or the level of intoxication. It can also be affected by certain medications and medical conditions.

Q: Why is EtG testing used?

A: EtG testing is used for various purposes, including:

Monitoring alcohol consumption in probation or treatment programs
Detecting alcohol use in workplace safety testing
Investigating alcohol-related incidents
Determining suitability for organ donation
Q: What happens if I test positive for EtG?

A: If you test positive for EtG, the consequences will depend on the context of the test. In some cases, you may face legal penalties or disciplinary action. In other cases, a positive test may simply be used to monitor your alcohol consumption or help you make informed decisions about your health.

It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional or legal expert if you have any questions or concerns about EtG testing.