Pathology Handbook

Ethanol

Synonyms

Alcohol, Ethyl Alcohol, Grain Alcohol

Clinical Indications

Occasionally needed in the investigation of possible intoxication.
Samples cannot be accepted for analysis of alcohol for legal purposes (e.g. drink driving).

Request Form

Request on ICE

Availability

On request

Specific Criteria

Post-mortem samples must have been agreed with Consultant Biochemist

Turnaround Time

Same day

Specimen

Plasma sample collected into fluoride-oxalate preservative

Volume

2 ml

Container

Vacutainer grey top

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled or incorrectly labelled sample

Reference Range

The legal limit for driving a motor vehicle is 80 mg/dL blood

Poisoning

See advice from National Poisons Information Service