Breath alcohol testing
The person being tested for alcohol use blows into a breath alcohol device, and the results are given as a digital readout. The readout is number, known as the breath alcohol concentration (BAC), which shows the level of alcohol in the breath at the time the test was taken. It does not measure past use of alcohol.
We have a number of devices we can use for breath alcohol testing dependent on your individual needs.
Blood alcohol testing
We recommend a blood test to detect alcohol biomarkers in conjunction with clinical assessment to gain a greater insight into an individual’s alcohol use.
Blood alcohol tests are made up of a liver function test and a carbohydrate deficient transferrin test. One test looks at the functionality of the liver, the same way a medical professional would. The other test gives a 4-week window of detection period and is a reliable indicator if someone is drinking alcohol to chronic and excessive levels.
Hair alcohol testing
Alcohol abuse can be detected in hair by testing for two different alcohol metabolites. The first metabolite is ethyl glucuronide (EtG) and the second metabolite is fatty acid ethyl ester (FAEE) and they can both be found and extracted from the hair. By performing both tests the evidence is strengthened to determine whether alcohol has been chronically abused.
SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring®
SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring® (SCRAM CAM®) is an innovative way of testing a participant’s alcohol consumption over a defined period of time. The tamper-proof SCRAM CAM® bracelet is worn on the ankle for between 1 and 120 days. Because of its transdermal method of detection (through the skin) every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, the non-invasive bracelet provides a comprehensive profile of a participant’s drinking activities throughout the entire day and night.