What is Dry January?
Dry January is a campaign by Alcohol Concern that challenges people to give up drinking alcohol throughout January. The campaign has grown in popularity since it first began in 2012, and was given a boost in 2015 when Public Health England got involved. Alcohol Concern say that taking part in the campaign is ‘a chance to ditch the hangover, reduce the waistline, and save some serious £££’. Many people taking part in Dry... Read More
Over the past 5 years the use of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), also known as ‘legal highs’, has become a growing problem in UK prisons.
Research has found that the synthetic cannabinoid ‘Spice’ was seized 737 times in prisons in 2014, a significant jump from just 15 in 2010. The growth in use of these substances is believed to have caused an increase in violent behaviour, suicides, and reoffending. These substances are thought to be... Read More
According to the DVLA, over 8,000 drivers have been caught driving whilst over the limit on two occasions in the space of 5 years (2011 – 2015).
Between 2011 and 2015 over 200,000 people were given DR10 endorsements on their license for driving or attempting to drive whilst over the legal alcohol limit. Over 400 drivers were banned for drink-driving three times during this period, and two drivers were prosecuted 6 times.
Consequences of... Read More
Using head hair to test for alcohol abuse is one of the most accurate and established methods available. However, we advise that hair testing should never be used in isolation and should be combined with other testing methods, such as blood testing. When there is a combination of testing methods, the results will be even more accurate.
There are multiple types of testing that can be conducted on hair samples that will determine the levels of... Read More
Each person who is taking part in the paternity test must give written consent to allow their DNA sample to be taken and tested. To achieve the most accurate and conclusive result, the biological mother should also be tested rather than only testing the father and child.
If the child is under 16, a person who has parental responsibility of the child may give consent on their behalf. If the child can understand the nature of the test and the... Read More