Can you fail a drug test for alcohol?
Does Alcohol Show Up in a Drug Test?
As we continue to explore if alcohol will show up in a drug test, it is important to note that a standard urine or hair drug test does not test for alcohol. However, alcohol can be included in a urine or hair drug test if it specifically requested. Therefore if you’re interested in testing employees or individuals for both drugs and alcohol, simply consult with your drug testing provider to determine what type of program best meets your needs.
Which Alcohol Test Is Right For Me?
The two most common ways an employer can test for the presence of alcohol are through breath and saliva tests:
Breath: This method is the most common method for alcohol testing. Breathalyzer is the brand name of the original device and is the one of testing methods that provides a real time result and will measure impairment.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has established strict requirements for the devices used to perform breath alcohol tests. All devices used for DOT alcohol testing must be on the Conforming Products List (CPL)of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. We recommend that employers or individuals only utilize devices that meet these high standards.
Saliva: This detection method detects the presence of ethanol, a byproduct of beer, wine, and spirits. Although slightly more expensive than urine tests, saliva tests are easy to perform and can also detect alcohol ingested within the past day or two.
Finally, blood, hair and urine tests are most often used in forensic, legal and civil testing but infrequently in the workplace.