Blood Alcohol Testing

Blood Alcohol Testing  

A blood alcohol test can measure the amount of alcohol in your body. Alcohol is quickly absorbed into the blood and can be measured within minutes of having an alcoholic beverage. The amount of alcohol in the blood reaches its highest level about an hour after drinking. Food in the stomach can increase the amount of time it takes for the blood alcohol to reach its highest level. About 90% of alcohol is broken down in the liver. The rest of the alcohol is passed out of the body in urine and your breath.

Alcohol will have a noticeable effect on the body, even if consumed in small amounts. In larger amounts, alcohol acts as a sedative and depresses the central nervous system.

A blood alcohol test is used most commonly to find out whether you are legally drunk or intoxicated. If this test is being done for legal reasons, a consent form may be required, but refusing to take the test could have legal consequences.

New Dawn has an extensive outreach program that works with several local communities. New Dawn works closely with Local church groups, youth groups, diversion programs and other organizations in their efforts to achieve the best possible outcome for all of our youth. It is our mission to help fight the expanding drug problem that plagues our communities, our schools and our homes.   

Why It Is Done

  • Check the amount of alcohol in the blood when a person is suspected of being legally drunk (intoxicated). Symptoms of alcohol intoxication include confusion, lack of coordination, unsteadiness that makes it hard to stand or walk, or erratic or unsafe driving.
  • Find the cause of altered mental status, such as unclear thinking, confusion, or coma.
  • Check to see whether alcohol is present in the blood at times when the consumption of alcohol is prohibited-for example, in underage people suspected of drinking or in people enrolled in an alcohol treatment program.

Support Services

New Dawn can also assist if more resources are needed. We are committed to helping our community and the families within it. We understand that in a time of crisis it can seem impossible to know where to go, who to call or even where to start. That is why NDDC will facilitate it all for you; we will find the best facility that meets the needs of your loved one.

We remove the stress so that your sole focus is recovery. New Dawn has partnered up with many rehabilitation facilities, therapists, and counselors across the United States that are as committed to helping communities and families as we are.

For more information on our programs and all other resources please call us at:

Toll Free (855) 693-3296
Our Office (703) 369-2199
From our Family to yours,
Jacqueline L. Fallon, President NDDC