WHAT IS A SALIVA ALCOHOL SCREEN?
Ethyl alcohol is an intoxicating ingredient found in beer, wine and liquor. Alcohol is produced by the fermentation of yeast, sugars and starches. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that is rapidly absorbed from the stomach into the bloodstream. Alcohol is metabolized in the liver but the liver can only metabolize a small amount of alcohol at a time, leaving the excess alcohol to circulate throughout the bloodstream. The immediate effects of alcohol on the body are directly related to the amount consumed. Individual reactions to alcohol vary and are influenced by many factors such as age, gender and the amount of food consumed before drinking.
In most states, a person with an alcohol level of great than 0.08% is considered legally intoxicated. Some states and employers have stricter regulations.
WHAT IS THE PRICE FOR A SALIVA ALCOHOL SCREEN?
*Price and availability may vary by location – contact your local ANY LAB TEST NOW®
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY LAB TEST RESULTS?
The test results from the Saliva Alcohol Screen are available within minutes after the specimen collection.
WHAT ARE ALCOHOL’S HEALTH AFFECTS?
Excessive drinking, whether heavy drinking or binge drinking has been associated with numerous health problems. Some of these are listed below.
- Chronic diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatitis, various cancers and high blood pressure
- Unintentional injuries, such as motor vehicle traffic crashes, falls, drowning, burns and firearm injuries
- Violence such as child abuse
- Harm to a developing fetus if a woman drinks while pregnant, such as fetal alcohol disorders
- Alcohol abuse or dependence.
WHY DO I NEED AN ORAL FLUID ALCOHOL SCREEN?
A saliva alcohol screen may be used as an alternative to a breath alcohol test by non-DOT employers, although a separate confirmation may be required on presumptive positive screens. Parents may also wish to check their children as part of the Trust But Verify Program. Schools may also require an alcohol screen for certain events such as dances.
OTHER RELEVANT TESTS:
Customers that choose the saliva alcohol screen may also select a drug test for employment. ANY LAB TEST NOW® also offers alcohol tests that can detect usage with in the past week or several months. Speak with your friendly medical assistant if you need more information about the alcohol testing services available. Some customers may choose wellness tests such as a liver function panel if they have concerns about the effects of alcohol on their body.
Normal Results: ≤0.02% is considered negative by most employers.
For results above 0.02%, a second confirmation retest may be needed.
HIGH RESULTS INDICATE:
High levels could indicate that a person is under the influence of alcohol.
WHAT TYPE OF PHYSICIAN SHOULD I SEE?
If your results are ‘abnormal’ or ‘out of range’ from the normal, please contact your primary care physician.