ICD-10-CM Code Y90

Evidence of alcohol involvement determined by blood alcohol level

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

Y90 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of evidence of alcohol involvement determined by blood alcohol level. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

Short Description:Evidence of alcohol involv determined by blood alcohol level
Long Description:Evidence of alcohol involvement determined by blood alcohol level

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • Y90.0 - Blood alcohol level of less than 20 mg/100 ml
  • Y90.1 - Blood alcohol level of 20-39 mg/100 ml
  • Y90.2 - Blood alcohol level of 40-59 mg/100 ml
  • Y90.3 - Blood alcohol level of 60-79 mg/100 ml
  • Y90.4 - Blood alcohol level of 80-99 mg/100 ml
  • Y90.5 - Blood alcohol level of 100-119 mg/100 ml
  • Y90.6 - Blood alcohol level of 120-199 mg/100 ml
  • Y90.7 - Blood alcohol level of 200-239 mg/100 ml
  • Y90.8 - Blood alcohol level of 240 mg/100 ml or more
  • Y90.9 - Presence of alcohol in blood, level not specified

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code Y90:

Code First

Code First
Certain conditions have both an underlying etiology and multiple body system manifestations due to the underlying etiology. For such conditions, the ICD-10-CM has a coding convention that requires the underlying condition be sequenced first followed by the manifestation. Wherever such a combination exists, there is a "use additional code" note at the etiology code, and a "code first" note at the manifestation code. These instructional notes indicate the proper sequencing order of the codes, etiology followed by manifestation.
  • any associated alcohol related disorders F10

Code Classification

  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Supplementary factors related to causes of morbidity classified elsewhere (Y90-Y99)
      • Evidence of alcohol involv determined by blood alcohol level (Y90)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


If you are like many Americans, you drink alcohol at least occasionally. For many people, moderate drinking is probably safe. It may even have health benefits, including reducing your risk of certain heart problems. For most women and for most people over 65, moderate drinking is no more than three drinks a day or seven drinks per week. For men under 65, it is no more than four drinks a day or 14 drinks per week.

Some people should not drink at all, including alcoholics, children, pregnant women, people taking certain medicines, and people with certain medical conditions. If you have questions about whether it is safe for you to drink, speak with your health care provider.

Anything more than moderate drinking can be risky. Heavy drinking can lead to alcoholism and alcohol abuse, as well as injuries, liver disease, heart disease, cancer, and other health problems. It can also cause problems at home, at work, and with friends.

NIH: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

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