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SoHT Alcohol Consensus - The use of alcohol markers in hair

Following the 2019 International Congress of the Society of Hair Testing (SoHT) in Lille, a revised adaptation to the general consensus on alcohol testing has been formulated by a committee of experts to support the assessments drawn when conducting hair analysis of abstinence and chronic excessive... Read More

8th August 2019

A day in the life of a DNA Legal Client Manager - Immigration

Hi, My name is Terry Botting and I work for DNA Legal, based in the South West of the UK. I am a Client Manager and help hundreds of people every year with family reunification. The majority of the cases I complete are to support Home Office UK Visa applications, but I also work with clients... Read More

17th July 2019

Phosphatidylethanol (PEth) - The Superior Direct Alcohol Biomarker

Blog by Salah Breidi - Head of Forensic Toxicology There are some difficulties when testing alcohol in blood to determine if alcohol had been abused. Due to these challenges in testing alcohol consumption behaviours across society, in the most recent decades, intensive research has been... Read More

23rd May 2019
The impact of alcohol on your mental and physical health

The impact of alcohol on your mental and physical health

Many people are able to enjoy drinking alcohol in moderation, but there can be some serious side effects when a person binge drinks or drinks heavily over a long period of time. There are short and long-term effects of alcohol that can negatively impact your physical and mental health. The... Read More

21st February 2018
Nearly 60% of adults drink alcohol due to stress

Nearly 60% of adults drink alcohol due to stress

A recent research study by YouGov has revealed that almost 60% of adults in the UK are drinking alcohol in order to cope with the stress of every day life. The main objectives of the research were to provide an overview of adults’ drinking behaviour in the UK, explore the motivations for... Read More

30th January 2018
Hair Alcohol Testing: FAQs

Hair Alcohol Testing: FAQs

What is hair alcohol testing? A hair alcohol test is used to determine if a person has consumed alcohol over a certain period of time. The test works by examining the Etg (Ethyl Glucuronide) and FAEE (Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters) markers in your hair, and is one of the most accurate and established... Read More

24th November 2017
Drug & Alcohol Testing in the Workplace: Employee Rights

Drug & Alcohol Testing in the Workplace: Employee Rights

There are several reasons as to why a company may choose to implement a drug and alcohol testing policy for their employees. The misuse of drugs and alcohol can significantly impact a person’s ability to perform their standard day-to-day activities, leading to reduced productivity, as well as... Read More

17th November 2017
How long do drugs and alcohol stay in your system?

How long do drugs and alcohol stay in your system?

The length of time drugs and alcohol can be detected in your system for depends on a range of factors, including the type of test used, how much has been consumed, the strength of the substance, and the frequency of use. There is a range of samples that can be tested for drug and alcohol misuse... Read More

10th November 2017
Why DNA tests are important for immigration

Why DNA tests are important for immigration

Being able to prove a biological relationship with a DNA test is often an essential step in the immigration process. When a person applies to move to the UK in order to join their family members, they must be able to provide proof of a biological relationship between an applicant and a UK... Read More

4th November 2017
Alcohol and Your Health

Alcohol and Your Health

There is a strong link between alcohol consumption and a range of illnesses, including several cancers. The NHS state that ‘regularly drinking more than 14 units a week risks damaging your health’. In order to keep health risks from alcohol to a minimum, it is recommended that you drink no more... Read More

26th October 2017
Senior Toxicologist updates local community on DNA testing

Senior Toxicologist updates local community on DNA testing

DNA Legal’s head of toxicologist, Dr. Salah E. Breidi, was invited by the local Rotary Selwood Club in Frome, Somerset early this week to update the local community on the forensic science field which supports the legal criminal court. DNA Legal is consistently recognised for their commitment... Read More

16th October 2017
Hair Drug Testing: FAQ

Hair Drug Testing: FAQ

What is hair drug testing? Hair drug testing is an accurate method to establish a person’s history of drug use over a period of time. The test works by looking at metabolites of the drug that are absorbed into the blood and deposited into the hair. What drugs are included in a standard test... Read More

2nd August 2017

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