Alcohol, Ethyl

Test performed at York Hospital Laboratory.

Test Code

Alias/See Also

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
0.2 mL serum collected in a serum separator tube (SST)

Other Acceptable Specimens
0.2 mL serum collected in a no additive (red-top) tube, transferred to a plastic screw-cap vial 0.2 mL plasma collected in a lithium heparin (green-top) gel separator tube

Do not cleanse the sample daw site with alcohol or other volatile disinfectants.

Transport Temperature

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 2 days
Refrigerate: 2 weeks
Frozen: 1 month


Setup Schedule

Report Available
Next Day Available STAT 1/2 Hour

Reference Range
<10 mg/dL Detection Limit: 10 mg/dL Critical Values >300 mg/dL

Clinical Significance
The measurement of ethanol is used in the diagnosis and treatment of alcohol intoxication and poisoning. Chronic ethanol use has been linked to liver disease, high blood pressure, cardiac disease, and birth defects. Acute ethanol intoxication can result in coma and death.

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.