Which ethyl glucuronide (EtG) findings suggest alcoholism?

Updated: Nov 27, 2018
  • Author: Warren Thompson, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Features of EtG are as follows:

  • Becomes positive shortly after intake of alcohol, even in small amounts [5]

  • After complete cessation of alcohol intake, EtG can be detected in urine for up to 5 days after heavy binge drinking [6, 7]

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