Drugs and Alcohol News UK

Here is a round up of the stories making the UK BBC news recently

”Alcohol Concern Cymru: End pub energy drinks promotion ”

BBC News 21/9/11

”An alcohol campaign group wants pubs and clubs to stop promoting caffeine energy drinks as mixers for spirits.

Alcohol Concern Cymru claims they can mask the effects of alcohol so drinkers may be less aware of how drunk they are.

It wants producers to carry warnings in their marketing campaigns ”

Read the full story here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-14993122

Police investigate Bracknell mephedrone dealers BBC News 23/9/11

”Police are to crack down on dealers of the illegal drug mephedrone after Berkshire counsellors reported a rise in the number of people seeking help over the drug.

Bracknell Forest Council says it has seen double the number of under 18s seeking help since April, compared with last year.

It issued a warning about an extra strong batch of the drug last month.

Counsellors are concerned as users can become mentally addicted to the drug”

Read the full story here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-15032010

To purchase drug and alcohol testing kits online UK

Drug testing kits for parents to use at home

Drug Testing Kits

Drug testing kits now becoming more widely available

We are frequently contacted by anxious parents, seeking advice on what to do following events leading to a suspicion of drug experimentation involving their teenage son or daughter and which drug testing kits are best for home use.

There is no standard reply, and only the family can decide on the right course of action, but getting to the bottom or truth is often the most challenging issue facing parents (before they decide on what to do, if anything)

Most teenagers when challenged will deny drug use. They know the issues this will cause them to address with their parents, and seek to avoid the confrontation and consequences.

But asking a teenager to take a drug and alcohol test need not be as confrontational as imagined. The ability to negotiate future testing, can be motivational in achieving the avoidance behaviour saught by the parent, while arming the teenager with an acceptable excuse against peer pressure.

Drug testing in a crisis situation can be more problematic, but this is often the situation presented to the parent, and again being able to indentify and quantify the issues allows informed choices to be made by the responsible adult.

What do I screen for is the next question.

Targeted specific single drug tests are available for all the common drug groups recreationally used by teenagers (with the exeption of methadrone (meow meow)) but in the initial screening stage we recommend an multi drug test kit be used as this will cover a range of common drugs and will ensure nothing is missed and may even educate the user on the common contaminants (not everything sold as pills, contains what the dealer suggests)

The best method of testing for drugs is a urine sample as it looks back over a longer period (3-5 days) compare this to saliva testing with 12-36 hrs drug detection at best. If you are going to do a random drug test as part of a contract, then urine testing wins hands down, its cheaper and will need to be done less often. The advantage of using saliva drug testing kits is the convenience and lack of opportunity to adulterate the sample. Saliva testing is great for immediate testing post “at risk” times, ie after parties or night club visits.

Where can I buy a drug test kit ? You can buy drug testing kits online or from some local chemists & pharmacies.

More info or to buy home drug & alcohol testing kits suitable for home use by parents online

Best Breathalyzer for Christmas 2011

Which is the best breathalyzer for my money ?

Every year at around this time of year we are asked this question. For many it is the start of the autumn and winter social calender that prompts a personal breathalyzer purchase.

Why buy a breathalyzer you may ask ?
With the start of the office party season looming many people want to be able to check  that they are ok to drive ‘the morning after the night before’

We would never advocate drinking and driving as it is so dangerous. It is much safer to take a taxi or get a lift with a non drinking colleague to the party. However there has been a lot of cases in the news over the last couple of years of people being breathalyzed on their way to work, and still being over the limit !

Others are simply researching for a great christmas gift for a male relative, boyfriend or friend. I’m sorry I know it’s only September, but christmas cards are in the charity shops already and it certainly makes a change from socks.

We thought you may find it useful if we reviewed, what are in our opinion the best value for money breathalyzers on the market for christmas 2011

Accuracy and reliability matters

When making a breathalyzer purchase online for yourself or to give as a gift it is important to remember that accuracy and reliability of readings are important, and that you do get what you pay for. Avoid cheap keyring breathalyzers as they are just for fun breathalyzers really, and should not be relied upon.

Instead choose a quality personal digital breathalyzer such as the latest model  DA5000 breathalyzer which once again continues to offer great value for money for christmas 2011 or a single use disposable breathalyzer if you only need an occaisonal test

If you are happy to spend a little more then opt for superior & more robust AL7000 breathalyzer with clip in clip out sensor.

Click here to see a range of great value quality digital breathalyzers & single use disposable breathalyzers for christmas 2011 that are available to buy online 

Let us know what you think and which are your favourite breathalyzers for 2011 if you have a breathalyzer review then please leave it in comments.

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