Saliva Alcohol Test - AlcoScreen
SKU #: A-SAL
While legal, alcohol poses many risks to your health and when abused often poses a threat to public safety. In 2001, according to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) more than half a million people were hurt in crashes where police reported alcohol was present. Fortunately there are affordable and accurate home alcohol tests available to a consumer to test at their convenience whether alcohol is being used or abused
The AlcoScreen is a saliva test that works because the concentration of alcohol in saliva is comparable to that of blood. By saturating the test strip with saliva, you can determine by the test strip's color change whether your blood alcohol concentration is at 0.02%, 0.04%, 0.08% or 0.30%.
In addition to measuring your blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the AlcoScreen can also be used to measure the presence of alcohol in fluids. This is a very useful aspect of this alcohol test for parents or others (high school counselors, coaches, adult supervisors, employers) wanting to know whether alcohol is being concealed. In the case of alcohol testing other liquids, the AlcoScreen strip will turn very dark brown or black if alcohol is present.
An alcohol test is a far more useful measure of impairment than the charts describing the amount of alcohol in wine v. beer, or in the number of drinks that will likely cause such and such a degree of impairment. There are many factors that can affect your actual blood alcohol concentration - gender, body mass, activity level, eating habits and alcohol tolerance among them. Only an alcohol test that is as accurate as the AlcoScreen will tell you what your blood alcohol concentration actually is. In all states across the country, a BAC level of 0.08% is a criminal offense. For commercial drivers, a BAC level of 0.04% is also illegal. The AlcoScreen will qualitatively measure your BAC at both those levels, along with 0.02% and 0.3%. This is an extremely accurate and useful test.
Instructions - AlcoScreen Alcohol Test
1. Abstain from placing anything in the mouth for fifteen (15) minutes prior to starting the test. This includes non-alcoholic drinks, tobacco products, coffee, breath mints, food, etc.
2. Open the foil package and remove the alcohol test strip. Observe the reactive pad on the end of the test strip. The pad should be a light cream color. A test strip with a reagent pad which is dark tan in color or otherwise discolored must be discarded.
3. Saturate the reactive pad with saliva from mouth or sputum cup. Immediately start timer.
4. At two (2) minutes observe the color change (if any) in the reactive pad. A color change of green or blue indicates the presence of alcohol and a positive result. Results obtained after more than 2 minutes and 30 seconds may be erroneous.
5. Estimate the approximate blood alcohol concentration by comparing the color of the reagent pad with the color chart appearing on the test package.
Positive Result: The AlcoScreen alcohol test produces a color change in the presence of saliva alcohol ranging from a light green-gray color at 0.02% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to a dark blue-gray color near 0.30% BAC. Color blocks are provided within this range to allow an approximation of BAC to be made. AlcoScreen may also produce colors that appear to be between adjacent color blocks.
Alcoscreen is very sensitive to the presence of alcohol. A green color that is lighter than the 0.02% color block should be interpreted as being positive to the presence of alcohol in saliva but at less than the 0.02% level of BAC.
Negative Result:A result where the reagent pad shows no color change (remaining white or cream colored) should be interpreted as a negative result (meaning no alcohol present).
A result where the outer edges of the reagent pad produces a slight color but the majority of the pad remains colorless should be repeated to ensure complete saturation of the reagent pad with saliva. If the second result is the same, the results should be interpreted as being negative (no alcohol present).
Frequently Asked Questions - AlcoScreen Alcohol Test
Q: What is the range of colors I am looking for when I take this test?
A: There are four different color pads on this home drug test that indicate varying levels of blood alcohol content (BAC). The four levels (0.02%, 0.04%, 0.08% and 0.30%) are all in very distinguishable shades of green.
Q: Can the AlcoScreen detect if alcohol is in a drink?
A: Yes. The AlcoScreen test allows you to determine if there is alcohol in a beverage. This can help you to know if alcohol is being concealed.