Child Custody Cases Get Needed Support From Hair Alcohol Testing

By: Melissa Peterman

Hair drug testing has been around for more than 10 years but hair alcohol testing has just recently been unveiled as a significant piece of evidence for child custody cases. Previously, if a parent was accused of being an alcoholic or an abuser of alcohol, a urine alcohol test was given but the alcohol concentration was not always accurate and what's more, is that the urinalysis test only showed up to a weeks worth of abuse- not providing the courts the evidence they needed say of six months minimum or a years worth of evidence being ideal. With the new alcohol testing device of hair alcohol testing, courts can now see a person's range of alcohol use up to 12 months!

If the lawyer or case worker or courts request that the mother or father undergo Alcohol detection drug service testing, then a certified nurse will come to the parent's home or office and collect a small sample of scalp hair and either physically take it to a lab or have it sent to a lab where the hair alcohol testing is done. The hair alcohol testing lab takes the hair sample through a series of tests that reveal when a person has consumed alcohol and approximately how much they consumed. A special EtG alcohol test can show alcohol use in segments of time which is unlike any other test in the world. EtG, ethyl glucuronide is a metabolite only produced when alcohol is in the bloodstream.

As hair grows it absorbs everything we ingest from chemicals to food and drugs and alcohol. Fatty Ethel Esters, FAEE are formed as part of the hair's structure as a result of drug and alcohol consumption, which remain indefinitely. And the more alcohol that is consumed creates more EtG markers present in the hair shaft.

Hair alcohol testing disproves just as much as it proves whether someone is an abuser of alcohol. A child custody case worker could have an innocent parent take the hair alcohol test and prove that they haven't been drinking for months and that they are a fit parent. Hair alcohol testing is accepted as certified evidence for court cases in America and the United Kingdom. Until now, there was not a way for people to be tested for alcohol for months of abuse or prove months of sobriety. This exciting new test was only recently developed by a team of British and German scientists and has changed the way alcohol screening for child custody cases are performed today.

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