Ethyl Glucuronide, often referred to as ETG, is a metabolite of alcohol (ethanol). The presence of ETG in urine can be used to detect alcohol consumption even after the ethanol is no longer measurable.
ETG testing is typically used to monitor alcohol consumption in individuals who are legally restricted from drinking alcohol or restricted from drinking by their employers.
The Benefits of ETG Testing
- Compared to other standard tests, ETG tests are able to detect recent alcohol consumption more accurately and for a longer period after consumption.
- ETG tests provide strong indication that alcohol was ingested within the previous 3-4 days.
- Can be used for monitoring individuals in alcohol abuse treatment and prevention programs.
Is ETG Testing Prone to False Positives?
While it is possible for ETG tests to result in a false positive, it’s unlikely.
ETG is only detected in urine when alcohol is consumed. While other household products such as mouthwash and cough syrups contain alcohol/ethanol, the likelihood of an ETG test returning a positive result due to those products is quite low.
If measurable ethanol is detected in urine and ETG is also detected at a high level, then these indicators together provide strong evidence that alcoholic beverages have been consumed.
Where Can I Order ETG Alcohol Tests?
ETG alcohol tests can be ordered here. Alternatively, contact us at 1-800-648-9563 to discuss alcohol testing with a certified Drug Test Consultant.