How to Prove Alcohol Abstinence

How to Prove Alcohol Abstinence

Alcohol Testing

Testing a person’s hair, blood, or fingernails for drug and alcohol consumption has been a common way to accurately establish substance abuse. The results are able to be used in life changing scenarios, such as child custody cases, workplace screening, or reissuing a person’s driving license.... Read More

12th April 2017
Effects of Legal Highs Can Be Reported with Pilot Scheme

Effects of Legal Highs Can Be Reported with Pilot Scheme

Are New Psychoactive Substances dangerous? New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), previously known as ‘legal highs’ can pose serious risks to the health of the user. They are easily accessible and often do not hold the same perceived threat to health as other drugs, however, the effects can be far... Read More

29th March 2017
Paternity Testing – What are your options?

Paternity Testing – What are your options?

What is a paternity test? A paternity test is an accurate method to establish the biological father of a child. The procedure involves collecting a DNA sample from the child and the alleged father, in some cases a sample from the biological mother is also collected. A standard paternity test... Read More

16th March 2017

Alcohol and the Risk of Cancer

According to Cancer Research UK alcohol increases the risk of 7 types of cancer, including breast, mouth, and bowel cancers. Not everyone who drinks alcohol will get cancer, however, research has shown that certain types of cancer are more commonly found in people who drink more alcohol than others... Read More

7th March 2017
 Alcohol Testing: What you need to know

Alcohol Testing: What you need to know

Alcohol is one of the highest contributing factors to domestic violence, abuse, health issues and the breakdown within families and issues in workplace situations. Testing for alcohol provides a scientifically proven method to monitor an individual's alcohol use over a period of time. An alcohol... Read More

23rd February 2017

25K Calls Reporting Drug & Alcohol Abuse Around Children

The NSPCC released figures on Monday, 11th February that show the extent of children’s exposure to alcohol and drug abuse in the UK. The figures show that there have been over 25,000 calls made to their helpline reporting drug and alcohol abuse near children over the past 3 years. On average,... Read More

14th February 2017

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’?

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

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
The Rise of Spice in UK Prisons

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
Thousands of Drivers Caught Over the Alcohol Limit

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