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If a social worker does not believe that a child can remain safely in its own home, care proceedings will be initiated. Children’s Services will ask the court to look at the child’s situation and decide if it needs a legal order to keep it safe.

When alcohol addiction is the root of the problem, alcohol testing is relied upon to help decision making. Understanding the level and pattern of alcohol misuse can help assess the risk to the child. It can also help prove abstinence.

In these cases, not only do you need to ensure that the decisions you make are backed by scientific evidence, you need to be confident that the testing results are accurate – and above all – presented on time.

Use an accredited laboratory

Life-changing care proceedings require a trusted and competent testing laboratory. AlphaBiolabs specialises in alcohol testing and we have worked with social workers and family law lawyers for 15 years. Our legal alcohol testing is recognised and admissible to UK courts.

We understand that the quality of the alcohol analysis matters because the results affect judicial decisions. Our 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 processes are the fastest available with results within 5-7 days.

Testing services

AlphaBiolabs offers a full alcohol testing service ranging from breath point-of-care tests, blood analysis to assess liver function and carbohydrate deficient transferrin (CDT) analysis, 3 or 6-month hair analyses to show chronic and excessive alcohol consumption over a period of time, and continuous results using an innovative alcohol monitoring bracelet. More information on the tests available can be read in Child protection alcohol test.

Easy-to-understand reports

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

Together with the other available evidence, our reports will be invaluable in helping you determine the outcome for your care proceeding case. For expert advice or further information on legal alcohol testing, including SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring®, please call 0333 600 1300 or email us at