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Urine Alcohol Tests: What You Need to Know

Clinically Reviewed By Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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ImageMany people are asked to take a urine alcohol test as a condition of employment, or in the event that they are involved in an incident in which consumption is suspected.

As the most commonly abused substance in the United States, alcohol can lead to a variety of trouble, especially in the event that it is consumed on the job.

Alcohol is the only tested drug for which there is a relation between impairment and a test result. For an employer, a urine alcohol test allows them to determine if the presence of alcohol is below or above the legal impairment level.

No matter if you are the person interested in the results, such as an employer, or the person taking the test, there are two things required to get started:

  • A valid testing technique to ensure that a clear result is produced
  • The ability to compare the final result to blood alcohol

What is the Purpose?

There is more than one purpose of a urine alcohol test. As an employer, you may be looking to determine if a person has been drinking alcohol, not if they are legally impaired. On the other hand, there are times when the administering party simply wants to know if a person has consumed alcohol within a certain period of time.

There are many advantages of urine alcohol testing, including the fact that it is inexpensive and simple to administer, as long as a drug testing program is in place.

If you have never taken part in a urine alcohol test in the past, there is not much to it. Employers who want to set this up need to contract with a reputable drug testing provider, as this will ensure an efficient process as well as accurate results.

For many years, urine alcohol tests have been used to detect alcohol in the human body.

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