Sign in →

Test Code ALC Ethanol, Serum/Plasma LAB46

Test Method

Enzymatic Rate; Beckman DXC600

Specimen Requirement

0.5 mL serum or plasma is required.

Additional Specimen Collection Information

Collect blood in a lithium heparin green-top or
red-top tube. Serum and plasma gel tubes are NOT acceptable. Care
must be taken in the preparation of the arm for venipuncture when
drawing a specimen for alcohol, since alcohol cannot be used as the
cleansing agent. Phisohex, Betadine or any suitable nonalcoholic
cleansing agent is to be used since medical blood alcohols are
admissable in court. The tube must remain unopened prior to

Reference Values

< 10 mg/dL


Testing is performed Monday through Sunday.

Routine: Typically completed within 4 hours after the
specimen arrives at the testing site.

Expedite: Typically completed within 1.5 hours after the
specimen arrives at the testing site.

STAT: Typically completed within 30 minutes after the specimen
arrives at the testing site.

Useful For

Detection of ethanol (ethyl alcohol) in blood to document prior
consumption or administration of ethanol.

Quantification of the concentration of ethanol in blood
correlates directly with degree of intoxication.


LOINC Code Information

35240-1 Ethanol [Mass Or Moles/Volume] In Serum Or Plasma

CPT Code Information

Insurances following Medicare rules: G0480

Other insurances:

80320 Alcohols