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Alcohol testing kits

Alcohol testing kits

Topic created on, Wednesday, February 22, 2017 , from Bodmin

Hi, the organisation I work for is considering using some kind of alcohol testing kits in the accommodation we run. We manage stage 2 & 3 houses which are dry houses (we also run stage 4 which are managed differently). We are discussing the use of alcohol testing kits to aid us in detecting people who are using alcohol and returning to the houses. We often know who is drinking but it is difficult to prove when dealing with experienced drinkers who are good at hiding the signs. How do other organisations use these? How do the clients take it? Which kits are best to use? Are they expensive? Thanks in advance Andrew Sealey St Petrocs Society

Tag:   alcohol (1)     detox (1)     supported accommodation (1)    

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(Drug & Alcohol Outreach Worker), from Brighton Hi Andrew, I have previous experience of breathalysing clients in a drug and alcohol service. Due to the fact that on that program we had a zero tolerance approach to alcohol use (it was a two week abstinence based alcohol detox program) we breathalysed people on a daily basis and those who blew a positive reading for alcohol were given advice about contacting their Care Coordinator and asked to come back. We had policies and procedures in place to govern this practice. I have also worked on other group work programs in the past where alcohol use was tolerated but intoxication was not allowed and we used breathalysers there and used the drink drive limit of 35mcg as our guide line and if people blew more than that they were excluded from that days group. I do think that breathalysers are expensive (I have no exact cost) but they would enable your staff team to have a means of monitoring the levels of alcohol use of your clients. I hope this helps. Best wishes, Martin (Martin Curtis, Drug & Alcohol OUtreach Worker, Brighton).
(Drug & Alcohol Outreach Worker), from Brighton Hi Andrew, I have previous experience of breathalysing clients in a drug and alcohol service. Due to the fact that on that program we had a zero tolerance approach to alcohol use (it was a two week abstinence based alcohol detox program) we breathalysed people on a daily basis and those who blew a positive reading for alcohol were given advice about contacting their Care Coordinator and asked to come back. We had policies and procedures in place to govern this practice. I have also worked on other group work programs in the past where alcohol use was tolerated but intoxication was not allowed and we used breathalysers there and used the drink drive limit of 35mcg as our guide line and if people blew more than that they were excluded from that days group. I do think that breathalysers are expensive (I have no exact cost) but they would enable your staff team to have a means of monitoring the levels of alcohol use of your clients. I hope this helps. Best wishes, Martin (Martin Curtis, Drug & Alcohol OUtreach Worker, Brighton).

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