Urine Alcohol Drug Test Strips – 80 Hours ETG
- ETG test strips
- Also known as an 80 hour alcohol test
- Quick and simple urine test for alcohol
- ETG test strips with 500ng sensitivity
- Results in 3-5 minutes
These ETG test strips from Zoom Testing are designed to be a simple ‘dip and read’ alcohol test for detecting the presence of alcohol in urine. These CE marked alcohol ETG test strips gives a rapid read out for the presence of alcohol in the urine sample. They are perfect for an employer looking to enforce alcohol drug testing in the workplace.
Urine is the most practical specimen for alcohol testing in the workplace, specifically when the purpose of testing is to demonstrate that alcohol consumption has occurred. Alcohol concentration within the human body increases slowly after alcohol intake. The maximum alcohol concentration in human urine is in the period between 30 minutes to one hour after the last alcohol intake. After this maximum, the alcohol concentration in a human body decreases. The time taken for the alcohol concentration to reach zero, depends on the amount consumed. Alcohol may be detected in the urine for 1 to 2 hours longer than it is detected in the blood.
What is ETG?
Ethyl Glucuronide (ETG) is a metabolite of ethyl alcohol which is produced in the body by glucuronidation after exposure to ethanol, normally caused by drinking alcoholic drinks. ETG is used as a biomarker to test for ethanol use and to check for abstinence from alcohol in situations where drinking is not allowed.
These tests can help to check if alcohol is being used when it should not be, such as in cases of medically controlled withdrawal or in certain job areas where workplace drinking is prohibited.
ETG can be detected in urine up to approximately 80 hours after ethanol is ingested. ETG is a more accurate indicator of the recent exposure to alcohol than measuring for the presence of ethanol itself. Testing for: ETG (ETHANOL, ALCOHOL, ETHYL GLUCURONIDE)
When should I do the test?
This test can be carried out at any time. To perform the test:
- Remove the test strip from the foil pouch (do not break the seal of the foil pouch until you are ready to begin the test).
- Using a plastic cup, obtain a urine sample from the individual who is being tested.
- Carefully dip the testing strip into the urine sample, ensuring that the urine does NOT go above the MAX LINE. Allow the test to absorb the urine for about 10-15 seconds.
- After 15 seconds, remove the test from the urine, lay the test strip on a clean flat surface while the test lines develop.
- You can read negative results as soon as they appear but positive results must be read at least 5 minutes after removing from the urine. All results should be read within 10 minutes, otherwise a false reading may occur.
To read the results of your test you will need to do the following.
When looking at the test strip you will see a pink/red coloured line just below the test handle. This is the Control Line (C). The next line that may or may not appear below the control is called the Test Line (T).
The control line (C), has to show as this confirms that the test strip has worked properly.
If no control line appears the test strip hasn’t worked properly and you may need to do a further test.
A second pink/red coloured line below the control line, no matter how faint, should now appear. This is a negative result. If no further line appears below the control line then the individual has tested positive for that drug of abuse.
What should I do with the results?
If you obtain a negative result then the person tested has none of the tested drug of abuse in their body at this time. You may want to re-test again in a month’s time. If you obtain a positive result then a drug of abuse has been detected in the urine. You may want to do another test later, or at a further date to confirm the result.