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How Long Does Alcohol Stay In The System For A Urine Test?

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Connor Sephton answered
Urinalysis is a commonly-used method to determine whether somebody has a drinking problem.

Many workplaces use random drug-screening to ensure that their employees don’t suffer from alcohol dependency, because if they did, that could endanger the lives of themselves and those around them.

Traditional forms of urine testing had the capability to reveal any alcohol consumption over the past 48 hours. However, new forms of testing such as EtG allow experts to ascertain whether alcohol has been metabolized in the bloodstream at any point over the past 80 hours.

Urine tests are extremely accurate, but they can’t help experts determine how much alcohol has been consumed. If a former alcoholic has been insistent that they haven’t drunk alcohol at all in recent days, a urine test can prove or disprove their claims.

It’s important to remember that even though urinalysis is a short-term way of determining whether there is alcohol in the bloodstream, there are other methods that can show drug or alcohol abuse over a period of weeks and months.

For example, taking a sweat sample can allow drug and alcohol use to be measured over the past seven days, whereas testing hair from the scalp can ascertain the extent to which substances have been abused over the past six weeks.

If you think that you have a drinking problem, trying to avoid urine tests and confrontation is not the way forward. Instead, consider finding support from a rehabilitation centre who will do all they can to guide you to a clean and sober life.

After this, your main worry won’t be avoiding the next drug screening in your place of work. Instead, you’ll be able to think about your family, friends, and focus on doing a really excellent job when you’re on your shift. Don’t let alcohol destroy you.
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I'm on probation, and I just found out that I passed my drug test having drunk six beers two days before the test. You should be able to pass an EtG test, unless you drank a lot.
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Drink alot like what? I drink everyday but my last drink was lastnight....if i have to take a test in three days i should pass urine and etg test right
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Basic testing can detect the presence of alcohol for up to 24 hours after you finish drinking (but usually it's out a lot quicker than that, as the other answer states).

You would practically have to show up for the urine test drunk to be positive for alcohol. EtG tests can detect Ethyl Glucuronide (the metabolite of alcohol) for up to 72 hours after drinking.
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I DRINK EVERYDAY N LAST I DRINK WAS LASTNIGHT...IF I STAY SOBOR FOR THE NEXT THREE DAYS N GO TO MY TESTING I SHOULD PASS URINE AND ETG TEST RIGHT
Krystal DeLaRosa Profile
If it is a basic test, alcohol is detectable for up to 24 hours. In an EtG test, which only tests for alcohol, it is detectable for up to 72 hours.
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Ellie Hoe answered
Logically, alcohol is no longer in the system a few hours after drinking. This is because alcohol is metabolized and excreted quickly after drinking. Breakdown of alcohol takes place in the liver and is excreted through the kidneys via the urine. No urine tests can detect alcohol in urine 2-3 hours after drinking.

In urine however, metabolites of alcohol are also present. One of the metabolites of alcohol is called ethyl glucuronide that can stay in the system for 80 hours. If the urine test for alcohol tests for levels of ethyl glucuronide then the person can be tested positive for up to 80 hours after drinking.

This test is not able to find out the quantity of alcohol drunk, it can only detect the fact that somebody has drunk alcohol.
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hello...I had approx. 4 mix drinks just during the evening on fri. I stopped around 10pm. I had only one today (sat) around 3, but then didn't drink it all. im not drinkink any more and have been drinking green tea and water. I have a drug/alc test on tues between 9am-5pm. will I be ok even if I go at 9am??? HELP...REALLY SCARED
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denise goodwin answered
Alcohol usually leaves the system within 24 hours, after which it turns to sugar in the body. Depending on what type of test the probation office uses, you should be fine after 1 day. If they are using the 5 panel drug test I'd recommend giving it 48 hours just to be sure.
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trixi cuts answered
A few drinks are out in 24 hours. The body retains the by-product that it produces, for anywhere up to 72-80 hours. Most tests are the cheap dipstick kind, and you should be negative within 24 hours.

If they are using the expensive EtG test, you can test positive for up to 80 hours, but most likely you will be charged for this one, so you will know if you're having this test.

If its your first check-in it's most likely you will be tested positive, but they are expecting that, so they will "pass" your first test as the state only gives you 24/48 hours for first check-in because you've only just been told by the court of these conditions.

As for pre-trial release, each is different as each county hires different companies for that.
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Anonymous answered
Not long. Usually by the next morning you're okay, unless you drank a lot really late. So maybe give it a day.
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Anonymous answered
It depends how much you had to drink. On average it takes no more than 24 hours if you've drunk a lot, and only a few hours if you've had just one or two.
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Anonymous answered
According to everything I have heard and read the longest amount of time it will be in your system is 24 hours. I'm sure this varies a little here and there so I would say give it 36 hours to be completely safe.

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