Ethanol CPT: 80307

Expected Turnaround Time

Within 1-3 day

Specimen Requirements


Urine (random)


5 mL


Urine bottle

Storage Instructions

Room temperature. Refrigerate or freeze if any delay in shipment to the lab.

Stability Requirements

Temperature Period
Room Temperature 1 day
Refrigerated 3 days
Frozen Unstable
Freeze/thaw/ cycles Unstable

Patient Information

To determine if a person has consumed ethanol and to measure the level of ethanol in order to detect and evaluate impairment, intoxication, or overdose.

When someone has signs and symptoms that suggest intoxication or ethanol poisoning; when a person is suspected of violating drinking-related laws, or as part of a drug testing panel.

Urine samples are collected in sterile, plastic containers. Sometimes a single urine sample is collected and sometimes two separate samples may be collected, with the first discarded and the second collected after a measured time.