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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 a person has been drinking or whether someone has an alcohol-use problem.
A test for blood alcohol level is done to:
A health professional takes a sample of your teen's blood.
Call 911 anytime you think your teen 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 teen's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
Follow-up care is a key part of your teen's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your teen is having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines your teen takes. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have the test results.
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Current as of: February 5, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
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