This is a blood PEth test used to check for alcohol misuse in the previous 3 - 4 weeks.
You should bring with you a valid photo ID such as a passport or driving license. No copies or mobile images are accepted.
Results take 5-7 working days * and will be emailed to you. They include a doctor's explanation of the results. Please note that we do not give out results by telephone as this information is confidential and there is no way of identifying a caller.
* Indicative timings only. Actual result may be earlier or slightly later.
Peth testing is often combined with a liver function blood test to check for any damage to the liver from excessive alcohol consumption.
Phosphatidylethanol testing, known as PEth testing, is a highly reliable blood test allowing the detection of chronic excessive alcohol abuse over the previous 3-4 weeks. With a sensitivity and accuracy rate of over 99% it is being widely adopted as a replacement to CDT, LFT & MCV testing which offers up to a 77% sensitivity rate.
The traditional blood testing (CDT, LFT & MCV) are known as indirect & toxic effect biomarkers. There are many factors such as hepatitis, liver disease and health issues that can result in an individual having either a false positive or false negative result even when these markers are combined.
The reason is that the testing is looking at the cells and organs to determine if they are operating in a healthy way or have been damaged. Alcohol is one of the main causes for damage to occur but someone with a cold or on certain prescription medication can also end up with a positive (out of healthy range) reading.
In contrast PEth Testing is a “direct biomarker” which means that it is only formed after someone has consumed alcohol. It also stays in the blood stream, attaching to the red blood cell membrane. When PEth is detected you can be confident that this is as a result of alcohol having been consumed.
The accepted detection period for PEth testing is up to three weeks however the (greater the exposure) larger the binge session(s) the longer the period of detection. Furthermore multiple binge sessions will also increase the period of detection.
In order to generate enough detectable PEth the individual must drink in a way that raises their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level. This is the same situation as with drink driving. Consuming small sips of alcohol does not raise the BAC levels.
Research has indicated that a PEth test can differentiate between incidental exposure (such as hand sanitizer) and the intentional consumption of alcohol. Furthermore the level of alcohol required to be consumed to produce a positive reading is far higher than any level possible through incidental exposure.
1. Please enter the name(s) and date of birth(s) of the person(s) taking the test at the top of the page. These details are essential to uniquely identify your sample by the laboratory and you will be unable to proceed further without them.
2. Pay online by credit or debit card.
3. Initially, you will receive an automatic reply to confirm that we have received your instructions.
4. Your test request will then be processed between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Once processed, you will receive a text message and email to confirm that you can now attend Patient Reception to have the test. Please wait for this confirmation before making your way to Patient Reception, otherwise they will be unaware that you will be attending.
5. You can attend Patient Reception at any time during opening hours of 7am-7pm, Monday-Friday, and 7am-1pm on Saturday. It is closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. The only exception is for Chain of Custody tests as these need an appointment.
7. Make sure to bring an original photo ID such as a passport or driving license. A copy or phone image is not acceptable.
8. Results will be sent by email as soon as they are available.
All laboratories need information regarding the client to identify their individual sample.
Tests cannot be done without these details.
The minimum requirement is the full name and date of birth.
All laboratory tests need a photo ID to be shown at Patient Reception at the time of the test.
This is to ensure that it is the client who is taking the test.
Drug and alcohol test results often need to be shown to courts or other agencies and must be valid.
Only a valid passport or driving license is accepted.
Originals must be shown. No copies or images on a phone.