Alcohol testing in hair can establish a consumption history for up to six months
Alcohol has been reported as the most dangerous drug in the UK1. Trimega Laboratories offer a non-invasive service to detect excessive consumption of alcohol over a period of time. Unlike traditional methods, alcohol testing in hair can establish dependency for periods of up to six months.
Around 3.5 million children under 16 live with at least one binge drinking parent, according to the Silent Voices report published by The Children’s Commissioner for England in September 2012.
Our expert team of researchers and scientists have developed a system that indicates or rules out alcohol misuse. This makes Trimega Laboratories the first company to offer a hair alcohol test commercially and has the largest database of alcohol testing results in child protection cases.
Once history of alcohol abuse is established using Trimega's techniques, an alcoholic's treatment can then be monitored periodically.
Benefits of a hair alcohol testing
|Hair Alcohol Testing||Traditional Methods|
|Window of detection||Up to 6 months||< 4 weeks|
|Regularity of testing||One-off testing||Regular testing (which can be more costly and disruptive to the testee)|
|Results||False positives are reduced||Risk of false positives|
|Re-testing||Possible||Not possible due to short window of detection (especially for saliva or urine based testing)|
|Samples and Storage||Harder to tamper with the sample||Increased risk of tampering|
Who uses this service?
- Child Protection Sector
- Corporate Sector
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1 Report published by the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (2010) Nutt, D.J;King, L.A;Philips, L.D "Drugs harms in the UK:A multicriteria decision analysis" The Lancet 376 (9752):1558-1565.