Alcohol Testing For Child Protection

Alcohol Testing For Child Protection

Alcohol tests serve different purposes to different people. For an employer, the test may be a way of ensuring that they maintain a safe working environment and limit potential loses by persons who are under the influence. In the case of child protection, the issue of testing could however, be a little complicated. An employer may simply be interested in whether or not the person is under the influence during the job but in the case of parents who have had substance abuse problems in the past, testing for alcohol may involve a lot more than simply checking for evidence of alcohol in the system.

Typical Example one

Single parents who have had a history of alcohol abuse may be required to undergo regular tests to prove that they have been abstaining from alcohol. In such cases, the person must be able to provide reliable evidence of their sobriety.

A urine test may be necessary so as to show that the person hasn’t consumed alcohol in the past four days and a breath test may also be important to show that the person isn’t under the influence at the time of testing. In addition to these tests, you may also need a clinical assessment to be performed by someone who has access to your medical history.

The need for conducting all these tests and having these assessments is that when trying to demonstrate that you are capable of taking care of your child, it is important to demonstrate not just evidence of sobriety but a commitment to staying sober. This is the reason why a psychological evaluation is also an important part of the clinical assessment as this can provide indications of whether or not you’re likely to fall back into addiction. This is the only way of ensuring that the child will be safe in the long term.


Typical Example Two

Two people may be separated but still sharing joint custody of their children. It is possible that during this period, one of the two could feel that the other person is developing a substance abuse problem. The other party may subsequently be ordered to take a clinical test to establish whether or not they have the problem in question.

Testing in this case will not be about checking for short term alcohol consumption but checking for evidence that the alcohol use has reached chronic levels. This means that urine tests and breath tests will not suffice. In this case, blood testing and testing of hair fibres are the most effective tests.

Additionally, excessive use of alcohol will have certain effects on the body and some of these effects such as damage to the liver can be seen in the blood. The blood can thus be useful in highlighting such a problem. Hair sample testing can provide a better profile of the pattern of abuse. Evidence of alcohol abuse can be detected in hair for much longer.

In both the two cases above, there was need for alcohol testing but there are several differences that showcase the need to be able to utilize more than one type of alcohol test.

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