Ordering Recommendation

Serum test to identify acute alcohol ingestion.




Quantitative Gas Chromatography




1-3 days

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York DOH approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

For medical purposes only. Timing of specimen collection: Dependent on time of exposure, test upon presentation to hospital.


Plain Red. Also acceptable: Lavender (EDTA), Pink (K2EDTA), or Gray (Potassium Oxalate/Sodium Fluoride).

Specimen Preparation

Separate from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 2 mL serum or plasma to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.3 mL) Cap tube tightly to minimize alcohol loss. When drawing a blood specimen for alcohol testing, use a nonalcohol-based cleanser at the venipuncture site.

Storage/Transport Temperature


Unacceptable Conditions

Whole blood. Plasma Separator Tubes (PST), Serum Separator Tubes (SST).


After separation from cells: Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 2 week; Frozen: 1 months

Reference Interval

Effective February 19, 2013

Normal Range Not established. Limit of detection varies based on instrumentation.
Therapeutic Range (Therapy for methanol toxicity): 100-200 mg/dL
Toxic Level Greater than 250 mg/dL

Interpretive Data

Toxic concentrations may cause inebriation, CNS depression, respiratory depression, mental and motor impairment and liver damage. In children, ethanol ingestion may cause hypoglycemia.

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes.

Compliance Category

Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)


Hotline History


CPT Codes

80320 (Alt code: G0480)


Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0090120 Ethanol, Serum or Plasma - Medical 14336-2
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  • Blood Alcohol Level
  • Ethanol Blood
  • Ethyl Alcohol
  • EtOH
Ethanol, Serum or Plasma - Medical