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Hair Alcohol Testing

By Bart Icles

Alcohol consumption is standard behaviour in society to include drinking at parties, heading to the bar after work to unwind, or having a glass or two of wine at home. This behaviour for some people can lead from being casual, occasional drinkers to being alcohol abusers.

The issue of excessive alcohol use is a serious one and every effort is being exerted to resolve it. Not only is it hazardous to one’s health, but is also highly destructive, particularly in connection to the alcohol abuser’s relationships with the people within their environment. Constantly relying on alcohol as a crutch poses problems and endangers one’s family.

Being an alcohol abuser often calls into question people’s ability to raise their children or their performance at work. In child custody cases, if you are known to be an alcoholic or a recovering one, you are expected to undergo alcohol tests in order to monitor your progress. This could decide a case, and a positive result of alcohol use provides evidence of being an unfit parent.

Alcohol tests are also required in many workplaces, especially in companies that strongly enforce its anti-drug and alcohol policies. This step is usually taken if an employee has been exhibiting erratic behavior and whose productivity has plunged dramatically, prompting the company to take action in order to maintain a safe workplace environment.

There are many different types of alcohol tests. One of the more commonly known test is the Breathalyzer, in which people blow into a device that computes the level of alcohol present in their breath. Urinalysis is another commonly used method, along with blood alcohol tests. However, compared with the hair alcohol test, the former two techniques have a much smaller window of detection, meaning they are not capable of detecting alcohol use beyond three days before the test. This makes them much easier to fool, rendering the results useless. The hair alcohol test differs because it can detect alcohol consumption from up to six months before.

The hair alcohol test is seeing much more favorable reactions because it is very non-invasive, and people have proven to be generally comfortable with the process. Moreover, the use of hair samples are not subjected to tampering, ensuring accurate results. With this manner of testing, alcoholics will be able to get the support they need since their drinking habits are being positively identified and monitored.

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Icles, Bart "Hair Alcohol Testing." Hair Alcohol Testing. 25 Jun. 2010. 3 Aug 2014 <>.

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Icles, B (2010, June 25). Hair Alcohol Testing. Retrieved August 3, 2014, from

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