A court will rely upon alcohol testing results in cases where parental alcohol misuse is a concern. In cases such as this when a child may be unsafe in its own home, care proceedings will be initiated. The results of alcohol tests can help authorities understand the pattern and extent of alcohol misuse so they can help assess the risk to the child. Alcohol tests can also be used by court to prove abstinence.

When the results of alcohol tests can have such significant effects on a family unit, it is essential that the testing results are accurate, and importantly, presented on time. For this, you need to use a trusted and competent testing laboratory. AlphaBiolabs’ legal alcohol testing is recognised and admissible to UK courts. We specialise in alcohol testing and have worked with social workers and family law solicitors for over 15 years.

AlphaBiolabs offers a full legal alcohol testing service for the Family Law Court, ranging from breath point-of-care tests; blood analysis to assess phosphatidylethanol (PEth), liver function (LFT), carbohydrate deficient transferrin (CDT) and mean corpuscular volume (MCV); nail testing; body hair testing and 3 or 6-month hair strand testing 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 of real-time results means that the wearer can be monitored whilst within the family unit.

Accurate alcohol test for court

AlphaBiolabs has an in-house laboratory that 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 3 days, which is essential for meeting tight court deadlines.

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 are clear, concise and won’t baffle you with science. They 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. The reports work within the framework of Family Law and follow Part 25 of the Family Procedure Rules (2010).

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Life-changing care proceedings need decisions that are backed by scientific evidence. AlphaBiolabs can help with expert advice on legal alcohol testing for the UK Family Law Court, whether you are a private individual, a social worker or a solicitor. For more information, please call 0333 600 1300 or email us at

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