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Manage your drinking this Dry January

Manage your drinking this Dry January

As the new year begins, many of us will be considering how we can make improvements to our mental and physical wellbeing in 2024. For some, cutting down on alcohol will be at the top of the list of New Year’s resolutions. And that’s where Dry January comes in. Founded...
Sober celebrities choosing to go without alcohol

Sober celebrities choosing to go without alcohol

A recent Healthy Ireland survey revealed that 22% of the population (aged 15+) are categorised as binge drinkers. But by way of contrast, whether for health and lifestyle choices or for other personal reasons, Drinkaware found that 11% of Irish adults never drink...
Cocaine use in Ireland reaches an all-time high

Cocaine use in Ireland reaches an all-time high

Figures from the Health Research Board (HRB) have found that cocaine is now the most common problem drug in Ireland with a 259% increase in the number of cases between 2016 and 2022, accounting for around 30% of drug treatment programmes. The same study also found...
Alcohol testing for people with short hair

Alcohol testing for people with short hair

Due to advances in research, technology and techniques, AlphaBiolabs is now able to offer alcohol testing for head hair samples that are just 1cm in length.   This means if someone only has 1cm of head hair, we will still be able to test it and look for levels of the...
DNA tests for court: when to use the most powerful test available?

DNA tests for court: when to use the most powerful test available?

All relationship DNA tests work in the same way – by analysing the DNA samples of individuals and comparing them to identify matching DNA at a number of markers (loci).  Every person inherits half of their genetic material from each of their parents, meaning that...
Take action this World Mental Health Day

Take action this World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day takes place on 10th October 2023. Founded by the World Federation for Mental Health, this year will be the 75th anniversary of the campaign. The theme for 2023 is ‘Mental health is a universal human right’ and event supporters including the...
Twin birth rates are declining in Ireland: here’s why

Twin birth rates are declining in Ireland: here’s why

In Ireland, almost 2 in 100 births are twins. While global data has shown that the rate of multiple births has gradually increased since the 1980s, with factors such as fertility treatments and women starting their families later on in life contributing to this, new...