Ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, is an intoxicating ingredient found in beer, wine, and liquor produced by the fermentation of yeast, sugars, and starches. Intoxication can impair brain function, motor skills, cognitive abilities, decision making, and, as a result, one’s ability to work.
The effects of alcohol on an individual can vary based upon factors such as age, physical condition, amount of food consumed prior to drinking, use of drugs or medications, and the speed at which the alcohol was consumed. Alcohol abuse, which can lead to alcoholism, is a pattern of drinking that can cause harm to one's health, interpersonal relationships, and ability to work.
Workplace alcohol testing
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence estimates that close to 15 million full-time workers in the United States are heavy drinkers. Employees who habitually consume excessive amounts of alcohol may have a tendency to frequently be tardy, absent from work, suffer from health problems and pose a greater risk of harming themselves and others.
Quest Diagnostics provides accurate, reliable alcohol testing on a number of specimen types including urine, oral fluid, blood, and breath. The Q.E.D.® rapid alcohol test yields accurate, quantitative results using a simple-to-administer kit. This non-invasive test does not require a special collection facility and can be used for pre-employment, random, for cause, follow-up, and post-accident testing. All non-negative screening results using Q.E.D. should be confirmed by a laboratory.
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