An innovative way of monitoring alcohol consumption is via a bracelet that is worn on the ankle. Known as an alcohol tag or alcohol bracelet, this clever device tests for the presence of alcohol in perspiration every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As such, it can detect the drinking of alcohol in real-time.

Innovative sensors are used in SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring® (SCRAM CAM®). Temperature and infrared sensors measure the reflective quality of the skin to ensure the bracelet is in place. The sensors also detect whether anything has been placed between the skin and the bracelet in an attempt to obstruct the alcohol testing. Other sensors on the strap and battery confirm that the bracelet is in place and on the intended subject. The alcohol tag also continuously conducts diagnostic tests to ensure the unit is functioning properly.

The sampling results are automatically gathered and uploaded to show the frequency and pattern of alcohol consumption. The SCRAM CAM® technology is so advanced it can differentiate between very low alcohol consumption (such as 1–2 units) and environmental sources. The bracelet is also waterproof and tamper-resistant.

AlphaBiolabs has 10 SCRAM CAM® alcohol-detection centres across the UK where the alcohol tags can be fitted by professionally trained staff. For more information on SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring® and our other alcohol testing methods, call AlphaBiolabs on 0333 600 1300 or email