Alcohol drinking history in your hair

Your alcohol habits revealed using a tuft of hair

A revolutionary hair analysis service reveals someone’s history of alcohol abuse over many months, and then tracks their treatment.

In 2005, 19% of men and 8% of women were classed as ’heavy drinkers’. Even more shocking is the fact that liver disease is the fifth highest cause of death in Britain. Alcoholics are just as prevalent in society as diabetics.

How is it done?

As the hair grows, it absorbs special markers called ‘fatty acid ethyl esters’ into its structure, which remain in the hair indefinitely. Some of these markers are only produced when there is alcohol in the bloodstream, and the more markers there are, the more alcohol you consumed.

What makes this analysis revolutionary is that it gives a history going back month-by-month or even years if required. No other method can do this. Afterwards, an alcoholic’s treatment can be monitored periodically as their hair grows.

Breath or bodily fluids only allow detection for drinking alcohol over the last few hours, and blood tests only relate to recent liver and metabolism damage. Hair analysis for alcohol extends this timescale capability enormously.

What are the benefits of knowing someone’s alcohol history?

  • Identify long-term alcohol addicts, offer help and improve treatment success rate
  • Prove a parent is fit to have custody of their children
  • Identify an alcohol abuser in a safety critical job
  • For forensic use, e.g. to prove whether a driver in a road accident was or was not in the habit of over indulging alcohol. (example: Princess Diana’s chauffeur, Henri Paul)
  • To prove someone does not have an alcohol problem and is fit to lead(for example running a political party, or head of a corporate business – all hair colours are suitable)
  • To prove someone is long-term abstinent and a suitable candidate for a liver transplant.

Adapted from a press release of Trimega Laboratories


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