What is alcohol?

Alcohol (ethanol or ethyl alcohol) is the ingredient found in wine, beer and spirits that causes drunkenness. Alcohol is formed when yeast ferments (breaks down without oxygen) the sugars in different food.

Alcohol is classed as a ‘sedative hypnotic’ drug, which means it acts to depress the central nervous system at high doses. At lower doses, alcohol can act as a stimulant, inducing feelings of euphoria and talkativeness, but drinking too much alcohol at one session can lead to drowsiness, respiratory depression, coma or even death.

Alcohol street names (Nicknames)

Juice, Hard stuff, Sauce, Hooch, Moonshine, Vino, Draft, Suds, Liquid bread, Oats soda, Tummy buster, Liquid courage, 12 oz. curl, Redneck wine

How long does alcohol stay in your hair?

For the majority of people, alcohol stays in body systems and can be detected by hair test for up to 90 days.

How long does alcohol stay in your saliva?

For the majority of people, alcohol stays in body systems and can be detected by saliva test from 1 to 5 days.

How long does alcohol stay in your urine?

For the majority of people, alcohol stays in body systems and can be detected by urine test from 3 to 5 days via Ethyl Gluconoride metabolite or 10-12 hours via traditional method.

How long does alcohol stay in your blood?

For the majority of people, alcohol stays in body systems and can be detected by blood test for up to 12 hrs.

The provided estimates are averaged and can vary upwards or downwards, depending upon many factors:

  • How long you have been taking alcohol;
  • Whether you have excessive weight;
  • Whether you have had physical activity before test;
  • Dehydration of your body;
  • Metabolism, height, age, sex and other factors.