Hopes of reducing alcohol abuse and maintaining sobriety are now becoming a reality thanks to an innovative way of monitoring alcohol consumption. The SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring® (SCRAM CAM®)  alcohol-testing bracelet is worn on the ankle and tests for the presence of alcohol in perspiration every 30 minutes. Unlike hair strand analysis, which can build up a historic profile of excessive alcohol consumption over a period of up to 12 months, SCRAM CAM® is the first of its kind to detect the drinking of alcohol in real-time. The results are automatically gathered and uploaded without the need for an individual’s participation. As such, the frequency and pattern of alcohol consumption can be easily shown. Known as sobriety tagging, continuous monitoring can provide local authorities, courts and child-protection agencies with the tools to change behaviours in vulnerable and higher-risk alcohol-dependent clients.

This non-invasive method of testing for alcohol is unique and will be favoured by those who dread blood tests, injections and needles. It will also make it easier to adhere to low or no-alcohol schemes as samples are taken on a continuous basis, every half-an-hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The state-of-the-art technology can differentiate between very low alcohol consumption (such as 1–2 units) and environmental alcohol sources. The data speak for themselves: on any given day, 99.4% of all participants are completely sober and compliant while being monitored with SCRAM CAM®. This helps enforce participant sobriety, compliance and accountability.

The waterproof and tamper-evident bracelets are being launched this month by AlphaBiolabs. The company’s nine SCRAM CAM® alcohol-detection centres across the UK will fit the bracelets, monitor the results and provide reports after an agreed time period.

“This is the most accurate and comprehensive method of measuring alcohol on the market”, said Managing Director David Thomas. “A wealth of information is reported continuously in an easy-to-understand format.”

A pilot scheme involving voluntary sobriety tagging carried out by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council was successful in addressing alcohol-related crimes. It is hoped that many more organisations will benefit from the SCRAM CAM® bracelets encouraging compliance and providing evidence for Courts and Agencies in the case of higher-risk alcohol clients.