A Chicago High School to Start Testing Students’ Hair for Alcohol Use

St. Viator Catholic High School in Chicago is already agressive with their drug testing, but they are soon to start testing students’ hair for alcohol use. This rare, highly sensitive test can show whether or not students have consumed alcohol in the last 3 months. More from the source:

The alcohol test measures ethyl glucuronide, or EtG, to indicate alcohol consumption in the previous three months, Elder said. He declined to discuss the company’s newly developed process for the test, but said it follows the guidelines of the World Health Organization.

The tests take about a week to process and are capable of indicating a minimum average consumption of two to three drinks per week, Elder said. The test won’t pick up on Communion wine or “a sip of Champagne at your sister’s wedding,” he said.

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