Ordering Recommendation

Limited utility in the assessment of acute ethanol exposure. For the assessment of ethanol exposure up to several days post-exposure, Ethyl Glucuronide Screen with Reflex to Confirmation, Urine (2007912) is preferred.




Quantitative Gas Chromatography




1-4 days

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York DOH approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

Random urine.

Specimen Preparation

Transfer 4 mL urine without additives or preservatives to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 1 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature

Room temperature.

Unacceptable Conditions

Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 1 month; Frozen: 3 years (Avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles)

Reference Interval

Effective August 17, 2015

Drugs Covered Cutoff Concentrations
Ethanol 5 mg/dL
Ethyl Alcohol 5 mg/dL

Interpretive Data

Methodology: Quantitative Gas Chromatography with Flame Ionization Detection
Positive cutoff:
5 mg/dL

For medical purposes only; not valid for forensic use.

The absence of expected drug(s) and/or drug metabolite(s) may indicate inappropriate timing of specimen collection relative to drug administration, poor drug absorption, diluted/adulterated urine, or limitations of testing. The concentration value must be greater than or equal to the cutoff to be reported as positive. Interpretive questions should be directed to the laboratory.  

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
2010137 Alcohol, Urn, Quant 5645-7
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Alcohol, Urine, Quantitative