A blood alcohol test measures the amount of alcohol in the body. This measurement is called the blood alcohol concentration, or BAC.
The blood alcohol test measures only the amount of alcohol in the blood at the time the sample is taken. It does not show how long you've been drinking or whether you have an alcohol-use problem.
A test for blood alcohol level is done to:
A health professional takes a sample of your blood.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: May 8, 2018
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
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