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If this situation occurs, most companies will give an applicant another chance at their expense to clear up the test results.
It is always wise not to "over do" anything the night prior to testing.
Mild to moderate alcohol use is not generally a problem, unless you have a health condition that requires that you not drink. But excessive alcohol use, as indicated through liver function, can indeed cause higher ratings or declines.
The casual use of alcohol can also have a direct impact on your life insurance in several ways. Alcohol consumption in the hours prior to a blood test will often cause some liver enzyme elevations. These small elevations could make the difference between rating categories causing you to pay a higher premium than you would have otherwise.
In some cases it is also possible that a small elevation could cause you to be declined for life insurance. Consider a person who had a DUI conviction twenty years ago. On it's own, this might not have any impact on a current life insurance application. Likewise slight liver function test elevations may not be a major concern to the underwriter. However, in combination this may lead to the impression that there is a long term alcohol problem.
This is one of the reasons that we always recommend that applicants abstain from alcohol consumption for at least 24 hours prior to their exam.