Alere Toxicology Laboratory

Laboratory Alcohol Testing

With leading laboratories and over 25 years of experience, our legally defensible alcohol testing can be relied upon to help you make informed decisions.

We have some of the most highly qualified, experienced and committed experts in the industry, all of whom integrate around a single binding philosophy that behind every test is a life. This means you don’t need to worry about the process of testing and can focus your attention on making effective use of the results.

We promote scientific and operational best practice and the high standards we set ourselves are reflected by the accreditations we have been awarded.


Leading Laboratories

  • UKAS ISO 17025:2017 accredited hair and urine laboratories
  • Hair analysis in line with the Society of Hair Testing (SoHT) guidelines
  • Blood testing service to support assessment of chronic excessive alcohol consumption through an approved third party laboratory accredited to UKAS ISO 15189
  • Analysis for direct metabolites of alcohol

Legally Defensible

Global Sample Collection Network

  • International network of over 900 Collecting Officers
  • Officers on call around the clock, every day of the year

Expert Scientific Support

  • Expert witness reports written by experienced scientists, providing you with professional and objective evidence

Our urine laboratory testing for ethanol (the alcohol found in all alcoholic drinks) indicates if a donor has ingested alcohol within the 24 hours prior to sample collection. With multiple cut-off levels available, we comply with a range of industry standards, including the maritime industry and the UK rail network.

All positive samples are then tested for fermentation to determine whether a positive result is due to the consumption of alcohol or due to a possible medical condition (e.g. diabetes or a bacterial infection).

Our hair alcohol marker testing offers combined testing for ethyl glucuronide (EtG) and the fatty acid ethyl ester (FAEE) ethyl palmitate, which are the metabolites of alcohol present in hair after the consumption of alcohol. Using the combination of EtG and FAEE testing provides more comprehensive information about chronic excessive alcohol use. This testing is in line with the 2019 Consensus for the Use of Alcohol Markers in Hair for Assessment of both Abstinence and Chronic Excessive Alcohol Consumption.

Corroborative blood alcohol testing: such as a liver function test (LFT) and a carbohydrate deficient transferrin (CDT) test provide additional support to a diagnosis of excessive alcohol use.

When used alongside hair alcohol marker testing a fuller picture relating to evidence of chronic excessive alcohol use can be provided. No single biological marker can currently be relied upon in isolation of other tests to determine a chronic alcohol problem, so blood tests are strongly recommended to be used in conjunction with a hair alcohol marker test.

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Quality You Can Trust

The right accreditations are more than a set of badges, they show you that we maintain the highest quality standards for our products and services.

Our Test Menu

We test for alcohol markers in both urine and hair.