What To Expect from an Alcohol ETG Test (ETG Test Strips)

Alcohol Use Today

Alcohol Use Today

Alcohol abuse has been an ongoing problem on a global scale for quite some time.  According to, In 2012, 3.3 million deaths, or 5.9 percent of all global deaths (7.6 percent for men and 4.0 percent for women), were attributable to alcohol consumption.

What about today in the United States? We can see the effects of alcohol consumption in police reports, incarceration statistics, and the overflow of rehabilitation clinics. goes on to report: An estimated 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. The first is tobacco, and the second is poor diet and physical inactivity.

Binge drinking, EtG strips, people drinking beer

Binge Drinking

Binge drinking is becoming more common, especially with young adults.  Drinking is socially acceptable here in the United States; in some locations – more than others.

Prevalence of Binge Drinking and Heavy Alcohol Use: In 2018, 26.45 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they engaged in binge drinking in the past month; 6.6 percent reported that they engaged in heavy alcohol use in the past month.

Certainly, these statistics are a cause for concern in today’s society and many of us are directly affected by those who suffer from Alcohol Use Disorder.  Sobriety is important in today’s workforce, and employers are becoming more stringent when it comes to who they hire on.

What options are available to verify sobriety, and how does one promote this in the workplace?  In answer to the growing problem of alcohol abuse, many companies are implementing policies that promote a Drug-Free workplace, for the benefit of the company as well as the staff. How can they accomplish this?

EtG Alcohol Test Strips, 12 Panel Test Strips,

What Is an EtG Alcohol Test?

An ETG test is a urine drug test that is used to detect Ethyl glucuronide levels in the body.  Ethyl glucuronide is a byproduct of ethanol which is formed in the body after consuming alcohol.

These Urine Drug tests are in the form of testing strips, or urine drug testing kits or cups.  The ETG Testing strips are simple to use and deliver quick and accurate results.

Ease of Use

Contrast the ETG test strips with urine drug testing cups. Drug testing cups are more self-contained, and simply require the donor to leave the specimen sealed in the cup and submit the cup/kit to the drug test administrator.

An ETG test is a very sensitive and very effective way to verify sobriety.  These tests are commonly used in conjunction with other standardized drug tests in fields such as Public Safety, Transportation, and Healthcare.

What is the Detection time for Ethyl Glucuronide?

EtG Tests can read positive results even from the lowest exposure to alcohol.  ETG test strips will detect Ethyl glucuronide in urine up to 80 hours, or 3.3 days after initial consumption.

This is important to know because this is one of the distinguishing characteristics of an ETG test versus a regular Alcohol (ALC) Test.  ETG test strips that can be purchased in 25 Packs or purchased in conjunction with an order of Drug Testing Cups.

ETG Test strips

When Are ETG Tests Used?

ETG Test strips are more commonly used to test for sobriety – due to its high sensitivity to alcohol levels.  However, if your future employer requires you to take an EtG Test, it’s important to understand a few things regarding the process and how to prepare for it.

Generally speaking, ETG tests are not usually included on a standard drug test.  However, if someone is in a probation program, DUI/DWI program, they can expect ETG (Ethyl glucuronide) to be included in their drug test.

There are many household products that contain ethanol.  It’s important to consider this before using the ETG testing strips.  Because of this, some drug tests that incorporate the use of ETG tests may need to have the test results verified.

How to Use an ETG Test (ETG Test Strips)

ETG Alcohol Test Strips Procedure:

  1. Remove the EtG test strips from its sealed pouch, or remove from the canister, and use it as soon as possible. For the best results, the test should be performed within an hour. The canister should be closed tightly after removing the EtG strips.
  2. Hold the etg test strips by the end, where the product name is printed. To avoid contamination, do not touch the strip membrane.
  3. Holding the strip vertically, dip the test strip in the urine specimen for at least 10-15 seconds. Do not immerse past the maximum line (MAX) on the test strip.
  4. After the test has finished running, remove the alcohol strip from the specimen and place it on a non-absorbent flat surface. Start the timer and wait for the colored band(s) to appear. The result should be read 5 minutes. Do not interpret the result after 10 minutes.

EtG Test Strip positive


Only one colored band appears, in the control region ©. No apparent colored band appears in the test region (T)

EtG Test Strip negative


Two colored bands appear on the membrane. One brand appears in the control regions © and another band appears in the test region (T).

EtG Test Strip invalid


Control band fails to appear. Results from any test which has not produced a control band at the specified read time must be discarded. Please review the procedure and repeat with a new test. If the problems persist, discontinue using the kit immediately and contact your local distributor.

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Here at 12 Panel Now, we are happy to provide information and spread awareness regarding these topics and more!  Every Tuesday, we publish a Blog with information on current events, as well as insights regarding our products!

We also provide the nation’s most affordable Drug Testing Supplies, including Drug Testing Cups and Strips both for personal, and medical use.  Our selection of Urine Drug Testing cups is one of the nations most affordable and reliable.  Urine Drug Tests only take minutes to perform and evaluate.

If you are concerned about your levels or would like to test someone you know, we have Single Use Drug Test Kits available as well.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us or send us an email!


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