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Indirect Markers of Alcohol Consumption: LFT, CDT, and MCV

Indirect Markers of Alcohol Consumption: LFT, CDT, and MCV

The majority of blood alcohol testing conducted is based on indirect markers, and these tests look at how the body and its organs are functioning. They check to see if they are functioning within normal ranges or outside the normal range. The indirect markers that are used for testing are often... Read More

1st February 2017
What are New Psychoactive Substances and ‘legal highs’?

What are New Psychoactive Substances and ‘legal highs’?

Drug Testing

New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) contain substances that produce similar effects to drugs like cocaine, cannabis, and ecstasy.  They are commonly referred to as ‘legal highs’, which gives a false impression about how dangerous they can be. Since the introduction of the Psychoactive Substances... Read More

24th January 2017
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Dry January: Tips on how to avoid alcohol and the benefits

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... Read More

18th January 2017
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The Rise of Spice in UK Prisons

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... Read More

17th January 2017
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Thousands of Drivers Caught Over the Alcohol Limit

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... Read More

10th January 2017
Different types of hair used for alcohol testing

Different types of hair used for alcohol testing

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,... Read More

9th January 2017
Is consent needed for a paternity test?

Is consent needed for a paternity test?

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... Read More

12th December 2016

We Do The Best Nails In Town

Drug Testing

6th December 2016 Hair testing has been used as common practice for years in relation to drug and alcohol testing.  Many don’t realise that there could be a more convenient and reliable alternative in nail testing. Does your client have minimal body hair and need to provide a significant... Read More

6th December 2016

The Risks of Alcohol During Pregnancy

Is drinking alcohol safe whilst pregnant? The UK Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines recommend to not consume any alcohol if you are pregnant, or trying to become pregnant, in order to keep the risks to your baby at a minimum. There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink whilst pregnant,... Read More

28th November 2016

Do you need to cut down your alcohol intake?

Drinking alcohol can have negative effects on your body, appearance, mental health, and lifestyle. You may have thought about cutting down on your alcohol intake for various reasons, and minimising your drinking or stopping all together can have a highly positive impact on your overall health.... Read More

21st November 2016
UK Drinking Patterns – Age and Gender

UK Drinking Patterns – Age and Gender

The amount of alcohol a person consumes can be affected by a number of factors, such as their age, gender, location, income, and lifestyle. We have researched how drinking patterns differ between male and females and different age groups. For example, men are more likely than women to drink for... Read More

14th November 2016

MDMA and Ecstasy can increase mental health issues

According to the EMCDDA (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction) ecstasy is much stronger than before and is growing in popularity amongst young people. The 2016 report shows evidence of an increased availability of high-dose MDMA tablets and of MDMA in powder and crystal forms... Read More

31st August 2016

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