Tests for Alcohol Use
There are a variety of diagnostic tests that are put to use in the medical community to test for how much
alcohol an individual has consumed and how exactly the consumption of alcohol has affected the persons bodily
Alcohol can have a devastating effect on many different organs of the body including the liver, the kidneys and
Some of the most commonly done medical diagnostic tests are liver function tests, full blood count and blood
Liver function tests (abbreviated to LFTs or LFs) take into account liver enzymes. The liver function tests are
sets of clinical biochemistry laboratory blood tests that are geared towards illuminating information about the
condition of a persons liver.
When it comes to liver related problems, initially there are no symptoms at all but these give way to mild
symptoms. It is essential that liver problems be found out early because left unchecked, liver related diseases
could be deadly. Hepatitis can sometimes be a part of any number of liver diseases.
Tests for hepatitis need to be conducted by a medical technologist who will test the plasma or serum of a
patients and this sample is always collected by a phlebotomist. The standard liver panel includes a variety of
measurements such as total protein (TP), albumin (Alb), alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST),
alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and total bilirubin (TBIL).
Other medical tests that are often done when LFT tests are done include gamma glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT), 5
nucleotidase (5NTD), coagulation tests such as INR and serum glucose such as BG and Glu. A full blood count (FBC)
or a complete blood count (CBC) is also sometimes known as a full blood exam (FBE).
This is also sometimes called a hemogram. The full blood count is a type of medical test that a physician orders
for a patient and this test provides information regarding the cells that are to be found in a persons
A medical technologist performs the test on the patient and then communicates the results to the patients
Did You Know
The problems that come from being raised by an alcoholic are generally
environmental and with a lot of hard work can be overcome.
Generally, when a child is raised around alcohol and excessive drinking there is a
tendency for that child to use alcohol as adults. Many times children grow up and conduct
themselves and their families in a way that is very similar to the way they were raised.
It takes a conscious effort to "break the cycle" of addiction that they have
witnessed and not carry on that same lifestyle to their children.
The problems that are genetic are more difficult to overcome but once the child is
aware that her or she will have a tendency toward addiction they can change the way they deal with
stress and other risk factors to help avoid alcoholism.
A gene can determine whether a person will have a tendency toward an addiction
In addition, there are personality and mental health examinations that can be done
that can let a person know if they are at risk of being an addict.
Professional addiction counselors recommend that if a person has the gene or tests
positive on the examinations they should abstain from the use of alcohol.
The genetic push toward addiction is so strong that to tempt the body by using
addictive substances is considered risky behavior and should not be attempted.
There are three kinds of cells that are found in the blood and these include red blood cells (erythrocytes),
white blood cells (leukocytes) and thrombocytes (or platelets).
If the blood count of a patients is either abnormally low or abnormally high this could point to the presence
of a disease or worse, more than on kind of disease.
Blood alcohol content (or BAC) is another type of medical diagnostic test that is sometimes also referred to as
blood alcohol concentration and this means basically a measurement of the concentration of alcohol that is to
be found in a persons bloodstream.
In order to help the loved one work through their alcohol addiction, the family members must
accept that they did not cause the alcoholism, they cannot cure the alcoholism, and they cannot
control the alcoholism.
The BAC test is measured by mass, or mass by volume or sometimes as a combination of the two.
To use an example, a blood alcohol content that is 0.20% will indicate that in a persons bloodstream they have
two grams of alcohol for every 1000 grams of blood.
To look at it another way, this means that there is 0.2 grams of alcohol for every 100 millilitres (also known
as decilitres) of blood.