Do you drink too much? Low normal or high consumption – how much is too much? Are you worried that your alcohol consumption is too high? Then you are not alone, welcome to take our test to get an objective assessment of your consumption.
The test is for you who want to gain insight into your alcohol consumption and how it can affect your health. The test is also for those who want to see how your values change when you change your alcohol habits. Research has shown that over 40 different disease states can be related to alcohol consumption and for many diseases alcohol is a contributing cause of the disease.
Phosphatidylethanol (PEth) is an alcohol marker that demonstrates long-term alcohol consumption. A single intoxication does not produce a significant increase in the PEth concentration in the blood, but with regular consumption of alcohol, the PEth value will increase gradually. The half-life of PEth in the blood is about 4 days, which means that high alcohol consumption can be measured even after several weeks of total abstinence.
In case of regular alcohol intake, elevated values of PEth are detected, which can be related to how much alcohol you have consumed. The PEth test is therefore recommended for those who are interested in seeing if your current alcohol consumption produces elevated values.
Based on this value, we can therefore conclude whether your alcohol intake can be considered harmful. In case of regular alcohol consumption in large quantities, elevated values may indicate that you are in the risk zone. The test acts as a warning bell and signals the need to change alcohol habits.
This is how it works: The test is performed at the reception by capillary sampling (prick in the finger) where a small amount of blood is taken and sent for analysis.
Sample response: You normally have a response within approx. 10 banking days (Mon-Fri) after our lab receives your sample as analysis takes place once a week. The test answer is sent digitally to your e-mail. Together with your test answer, you may receive recommendations and advice about your values in Swedish. The result is private and is not shared with the health record.
Do you suspect that your alcohol consumption may be harmful to your health or are you just interested in knowing the level of your recent consumption? Our PEth test gives you a value for your recent alcohol consumption.
Phosphatidylethanol (PEth) does not normally occur in the blood, but is formed in the cell membrane only when alcohol is present.
Single intake of alcohol to the level of intoxication does not affect the PEth value, but a more regular intake, at least one week of overconsumption, gives elevated values. PEth accumulates in the red blood cells and the concentration of PEth corresponds to the individual's alcohol consumption. The stronger the alcohol abuse, the higher the concentration of PEth. PEth can be measured up to 4 weeks after abstinence from alcohol and the half-life is calculated to be 4 days.
In the Public Health Agency's definition of risk consumption and the National Board of Health and Welfare's national guidelines for disease prevention, consumption higher than 14 standard glasses a week for men and nine standard glasses a week for women, that is, 2 glasses and 1 glass of wine per day, respectively.
12 grams of alcohol corresponds to approximately 33 cl of strong beer or 4 cl of spirits.
Test responses measure consumption of alcohol as below:
<0.05 μmol/L – No or low/sporadic intake
0.05-0.30 μmol/L – Moderate intake
>0.30 μmol/L – Overconsumption (regular and extensive intake)
The sampling is performed by experienced staff at one of our clinics in Stockholm and Gothenburg. Test results and (including any travel certificate) are sent digitally via e-mail.
We will always send you the test result within the same day.
Simple, safe and smooth sampling.
The sample is sent for analysis.
The result is sent digitally.