Alcohol

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Alcohol can be detected in the urine by test strip.

The metaboweed product ethylglucuronide (EtG) is measured.

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EtG is formed in the liver and gradually excreted via the urine. In contrast to blood alcohol, it is broken down more slowly by the body and is therefore excreted with a time delay via the urine. Depending on the amount of alcohol in the body, EtG can be made visible by urine test for between 12 and 48 hours. The more alcohol is in the body, the longer it can be detected by an examination.

The measurement via urine test strips serves as a short-term examination method, which detects alcohol consumption in the last 1 to 3 days.

Sources

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Status of information: Autumn 2019