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Alcohol Testing

There are many good reasons to test for alcohol misuse.

Most commonly, tests are needed to establish whether someone is misusing alcohol. Tests can be carried out in a range of circumstances.

Atkinson Lewis is not a laboratory, rather we act as a support service to compliment laboratory work.

For some, this means managing the process, from sample collection through to delivery and reporting of laboratory findings.

For others, it means providing a Medical Interpretation, so findings can be seen in context and easily understood by the layman. 

It all depends on your situation and what you need to establish.


Methods of Alcohol Testing

Alcohol stays in some parts of the body longer than others, so when it comes to choosing a testing method our first consideration is the window of detection.

A blood test will provide a "snap shot" of alcohol intake in the last three to four weeks.  Testing includes FBC (Full Blood Count), LFT (Liver Function Test) CDT (Carbohydrate Deficient Transferrin) and other liver enzymes.

Hair tests for EtG (Ethyl Glucuronide) and FAEEs (Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters) markers provide an "average" view of alcohol intake.

Lab results can be delivered within 3 working days of receipt of the sample.

Atkinson Lewis offer a 5 working day turnaround of results together with a Medical Interpretation.
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Atkinson Lewis can also offer a 3 working day turnaround at an additional cost.


We can help you to choose the right testing and reporting package

When you contact us, we will discuss your needs and make some recommendations, based on many years of managing alcohol tests from end to end.

Our experts are here to lighten the load. Here are some ways we can help:


Hair, Blood and Oral Fluid, collected by fully trained phlebotomists



Detecting drug use through hair and urine tests


Psychiatric Assessments

Providing a medical context for challenging behaviour


Psychological Assessments

Personality and behaviour tests for troubled parents and carers


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Analysis Services


  • Drug Testing

    Via Hair using our Standard 9 Drug Panel
  • Alcohol Testing

    Via Blood to include CDT (Carbohydrate Deficient Transferrin), LFT (Liver Function Test) and FBC (Full Blood Count)
  • Alcohol Testing

    Via Hair to include EtG (Ethyl Glucuronide) and FAEEs (Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters)
  • DNA Testing

    • Paternity
    • Grandparentage
    • Avuncular
    • Y-STR
    • Siblingship
    • Missing Parent
  • Other Testing

    • Steroids
    • Legal Highs “NPS” (New Psychoactive Substances)
    • Other Prescribed/Illicit Drugs outside the Standard 9 Drug Panel