Drug and alcohol testing

Drug & Alcohol Testing Services

Drug & Alcohol Testing designed for the legal profession, the workplace, and members of the public

AlphaBiolabs provides accredited drug and alcohol testing services to suit a variety of customer needs: from court-admissible drug and alcohol tests, to drug and alcohol testing for the workplace, through to peace of mind drug and alcohol tests for members of the public.

Our state-of-the-art laboratory tests for a wide variety of drugs, using the following methods:

  • Hair
  • Nails
  • Oral fluid (saliva)
  • Urine

We also test for alcohol, using the following methods:

  • Hair
  • Nails
  • Blood
  • Breath
  • Alcohol monitoring using SCRAM CAM®

To discuss which drug test or alcohol test is best for you, call us now on 0333 600 1300, email info@alphabiolabs.com, or complete the form opposite to request a call back.

To discuss which drug test or alcohol test is best for you, call us now on 0333 600 1300, email info@alphabiolabs.com, or complete the form below to request a call back.

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Drug testing

Drug testing with hair

Hair drug testing is an extremely useful form of testing and can be used to support other methods such as oral fluid (saliva) or urine testing.

It provides a comprehensive picture of a person’s drug use and is known as a ‘wide window’ form of testing, as it can determine a history of drug intake for up to 12 months.

For more information or to get a quote, please call 0333 600 1300 or email info@alphabiolabs.com

Drug testing with nail clippings

Nail testing is ideal for cases where hair drug testing is not possible, such as when the donor has little or no hair, or for religious reasons.

Unlike hair drug testing, nail testing won’t give a historic segmented pattern of drug use, but it will give an overview of up to 12 months.

For more information or to get a quote, please call 0333 600 1300 or email info@alphabiolabs.com

Oral fluid drug testing

Oral fluid/urine drug testing

These tests use a sample of saliva or urine to determine whether someone is using drugs.

This form of testing is particularly useful for on-site / point of care testing, as an immediate negative result usually means that no further action is required. A non-negative result will undergo confirmatory laboratory testing to determine exactly what substance was taken and in what quantities.

Oral fluid and urine are known as a ‘narrow window’ form of testing, as the period of detection is up to 48 hours for oral fluid, and up to 4 days for urine. However, this can depend on the particular substance taken.

For more information or to get a quote, please call 0333 600 1300 or email info@alphabiolabs.com

Alcohol testing

Alcohol testing with hair

Alcohol abuse can be detected in head hair by testing for two different alcohol metabolites – ethyl glucuronide (EtG) and ethyl palmitate (EtPa), which is a fatty acid ethyl ester (FAEE). These metabolites can both be found and extracted from the hair.

Performing both hair alcohol tests strengthens the evidence to determine whether or not alcohol has been chronically abused. Some types of body hair can also be analysed for EtG.

For more information or to get a quote, please call 0333 600 1300 or email info@alphabiolabs.com

Alcohol testing with nail clippings

Nail alcohol testing analyses samples for a specific long-term marker of ethanol called ethyl glucuronide (EtG).

These EtG biomarkers become trapped within the keratin fibres along the length of the nail and can provide up to a 12-month overview of alcohol use.

For more information or to get a quote, please call 0333 600 1300 or email info@alphabiolabs.com

Blood alcohol testing

Blood testing to detect alcohol biomarkers is highly recommended in conjunction with hair alcohol testing to give a comprehensive insight into an individual’s alcohol use.

Blood alcohol tests include:

  • Phosphatidylethanol (PEth) – a direct marker of alcohol and therefore the most accurate of the blood tests to determine alcohol abuse
  • Liver function test (LFT) – looks at the functionality of the liver, in the same way a medical professional would
  • Carbohydrate deficient transferrin (CDT) – provides a 4-week window of detection and is a very good indicator if someone is drinking alcohol to chronic and excessive levels
  • Mean corpuscular volume (MCV) – an elevated MCV marker is an indicator of ingested alcohol

For more information or to get a quote, please call 0333 600 1300 or email info@alphabiolabs.com

Breath alcohol testing

The person being tested blows into a breath alcohol device, and the results are given as a digital readout number. This number is the breath alcohol concentration (BAC), and shows the level of alcohol in the breath at the time the test was taken. It does not measure historical use of alcohol.

AlphaBiolabs can provide a number of devices for breath alcohol testing, depending on your specific needs.

For more information or to get a quote, please call 0333 600 1300 or email info@alphabiolabs.com

SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring®

SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring® (SCRAM CAM®) is an innovative way of continuously testing a participant’s alcohol consumption over a period of time.

The tamper-proof SCRAM CAM® bracelet can be worn on the ankle for any period of time, depending on the needs of the client.

The bracelet provides a comprehensive profile of a participant’s drinking activities throughout the entire day and night through its transdermal method of detection (through the skin) every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day.

For more information or to get a quote, please call 0333 600 1300 or email info@alphabiolabs.com

Home Drug & Alcohol Tests

Home Drug & Alcohol Tests

Whether you have concerns about a child or family member abusing drugs or alcohol, or just want a test for other personal reasons, AlphaBiolabs offers a range of home drug & alcohol tests for your peace of mind.

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