Background to alcohol testing

Alcohol, despite being legal and widely available, is recognised as one of the most harmful of the drugs of abuse. Excessive use has a dramatic impact on a person’s social responsibility and behaviour.

Alcohol only remains for around 24 to 48 hours in the blood, breath or even urine and it does not become incorporated into the hair at all as such, alcohol as a marker is worthless in trying to establish a history of use for more than 1 or 2 days. Several tests are available to help determine if there has been excessive drinking historically, but unfortunately none of these tests independently are very good at answering this question, making alcohol a difficult drug to test for and monitor.

Through extensive research and development, the Forensic Testing Service (FTS) now provide a new approach to providing the answers. Results derived from a menu of tests over time, produce a more accurate and reliable assessment of alcohol abuse and FTS then provide a clear and concise interpretation of all results in a report that is meaningful and easy to understand.

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