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If parental alcohol misuse is a concern and a child may be unsafe in its own home, care proceedings will be initiated. In cases such as these, alcohol testing is relied upon to help decision making. Understanding the pattern and extent of alcohol misuse can help assess the risk to the child. Tests may also be relied upon to prove abstinence.

When the results of alcohol tests can have such significant effects on a family unit, you need to be confident that the testing results are accurate – and above all – presented on time.

Quality of alcohol testing affects judicial decisions

Life-changing care proceedings need decisions that are backed by scientific evidence. For this, you need to use a trusted and competent testing laboratory. AlphaBiolabs specialises in alcohol testing and has worked with social workers and family law solicitors for 15 years. Our legal alcohol testing is recognised and admissible to UK courts.

Our in-house laboratory is accredited by UKAS to ISO 17025 standard (No. 2773), which means you can be confident of getting accurate results. We also follow the consensus on hair alcohol testing for chronic excessive alcohol consumption published by the Society of Hair Testing (June 2009).

In addition, our alcohol testing methods are the fastest available. We can turnaround results within 5–7 days, essential for meeting tight court deadlines.

Wide range of alcohol tests for the family law courts

AlphaBiolabs offers a full legal alcohol testing service ranging from breath point-of-care tests, blood analysis to assess liver function (LFT), carbohydrate deficient transferrin (CDT) and mean corpuscular volume (MCV), nail testing, and 3 or 6-month hair analyses to show chronic and excessive alcohol consumption over a period of time.

Continuous results are also available using an innovative ankle bracelet called SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring®. The use of a SCRAM bracelet can help enforce participant sobriety and ultimately prove abstinence. An added advantage is that the real-time results mean that the wearer can be monitored whilst within the family unit. More information on the tests available can be read in Child protection alcohol test.

Evidence-based reports

Together with the other available evidence, our Statement of Witness reports will be invaluable in helping you determine the outcome for your care proceeding case.

The reports work within the framework of Family Law and follow Part 25 of the Family Procedure Rules (2010). They are clear, concise and won’t baffle you with science. The reports include all of the details of the alcohol tests performed, the results in full and a conclusion based on the evidence. In addition, to save you time deciphering the content, our reporting scientists also provide their expert opinion where they interpret the results. Whether you are a private individual, a social worker or solicitor, we can help you with expert advice on legal alcohol testing, including SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring®. Please call 0333 600 1300 or email us at info@alphabiolabs.com.

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