AttoLife is the new name of Anglia DNA. Read more here.

Hair Alcohol Testing

AttoLife excels in advanced alcohol testing by analysing hair samples, providing an insightful and reliable method for assessing alcohol consumption over an extended time period. Hair Alcohol Testing is recognised for its accuracy and can serve as a vital tool in various legal, employment, and healthcare settings.

  • UKAS accredited to ISO 17025
  • Renowned standard in alcohol testing
Get a Quote
Hair Alcohol Test


Long-Term Monitoring

Hair Alcohol Testing offers insight into a donors’ history of alcohol intake, beneficial for ongoing cases, treatment plans, or monitoring sobriety over a period of months.

Long-Term Monitoring



Head hair samples are collected discreetly and the process can be carried out in any location.



Evidentially Sound

Hair samples for alcohol testing are taken directly by a professional, ensuring a full chain of custody.

Evidentially Sound

Why Hair Alcohol Testing?

Hair Alcohol Testing is considered a highly reliable method for assessing chronic alcohol use. Hair on the human scalp grows approximately 1 centimetre per month. Alcohol consumption is reflected in the hair through the presence of certain biomarkers, Ethyl Glucuronide (EtG) and Ethyl Palmitate (EtPa), which are incorporated into the hair shaft.

For chronic alcohol assessment, hair analysis usually covers 3 to 6 months, offering a more long-term overview compared to blood or breath tests. It is particularly valuable for legal cases, custody disputes, employee screening, and monitoring treatment programs.

Get a Quote
Hair Alcohol Testing

How Hair Alcohol Testing Works

Is Hair Alcohol Testing Right for You?

Strengths of Hair Alcohol Testing

Provides a long-term history of alcohol intake, typically 3-6 months

Highly accurate in detecting specific alcohol markers

Legally defensible as the hair is collected by a professional

Non-invasive without the need for specialised collection environments

Suitable for most people as multiple body sites can be used

Limitations of Hair Alcohol Testing

Requires a certain length of hair, typically, a 3 cm sample reflects a 3-month history

Cosmetic hair treatments (e.g. bleaching, perming) can affect test accuracy

Markers might not be detectable immediately after consumption; it takes days for markers to be incorporated into the hair shaft.

Contamination from hair products containing alcohol must be considered