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.
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
Enter B433 in the search box to learn more about "Blood Alcohol Test: About This Test".
Current as of: October 9, 2017
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
©2006-2018 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Care instructions adapted under license by your healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.