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Ireland is drinking more spirits but beer is still top

Ireland is drinking more spirits but beer is still top

Ireland has increased its consumption of spirits by 5.6% over the past year, according to a new report published by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI). Spirits represented 20.5% of the alcohol sold last year, which points to the success of Irish gin and...
Secret DNA test

Secret DNA test

Is there any such thing as a secret DNA test? DNA testing can be an emotional time. You may not want your close family or friends to know that you are undertaking such relationship tests. For this reason, we ensure that all of our letters and testing kits are sent out...
Secret paternity test

Secret paternity test

Is there any such thing as a secret paternity test? Anyone undergoing DNA paternity testing can find it an emotional time. Understandably, you may not want close family or friends to know that you are undertaking such a relationship test. To collect a DNA sample for a...
Concerns over Dublin prescription drug abuse

Concerns over Dublin prescription drug abuse

Prescription drug abuse is on the rise among drug users in Dublin’s north inner city. The Ana Liffey Drug Project, which is spearheading a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of so-called street tablets, says it is becoming increasingly concerned. The...
Alcohol tag

Alcohol tag

SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring® (SCRAM CAM®) is an innovative way of monitoring alcohol consumption via a bracelet worn on the ankle. Known as an alcohol tag, sobriety tag or alcohol bracelet, this clever device tests for the presence of alcohol in perspiration...
Continuous monitoring is key to quitting alcohol

Continuous monitoring is key to quitting alcohol

Excessive alcohol consumption in Ireland has been shown to play a steady role in deaths related to drunken driving, suicide, assaults and domestic violence. In fact, alcohol is the cause of three deaths a day in Ireland, according to a 2016 report from the Health...
Is constant monitoring the answer to excess drinking?

Is constant monitoring the answer to excess drinking?

Following the recent Drinkaware survey that found that 74% of people think drinking to excess is just part of Irish culture, the charity has announced that reducing alcohol misuse is one of its three key areas to tackle. The two others being to tackle underage...
Drug testing cannabis

Drug testing cannabis

A wide variety of tests can be used to detect cannabis, including urine, oral fluid, hair as well as nail clippings. All of these tests vary in their windows of detection so recent or chronic use can be established. In addition, ingestion as opposed to environmental...
Privacy and DNA testing

Privacy and DNA testing

DNA is valuable. Last year, the pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline announced a $300 million deal with 23andMe to use home DNA results from its 5 million customers for new drug research. At the end of last year, Genomics Medicine Ireland announced it intended to gather DNA...