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SCRAM Bracelets: How do They Work?

SCRAM bracelets are an innovative way to carry out continuous alcohol monitoring, profiling a day-by-day pattern of alcohol use by a person. A SCRAM bracelet is fitted to the ankle of an individual and  is typically worn for 30, 60 or 90 days.

The bracelet tests for the presence of alcohol every 30 minutes of every day the bracelet is worn. It can be used to ascertain a detailed pattern of alcohol consumption over a specific period which can be used in a legal setting.

How do SCRAM bracelets work?

SCRAM bracelets test  for the presence of alcohol over a period using scientifically proven technology that is the first of its kind, making them unique. They work by testing for alcohol excreted transdermally (through the skin), which is an entirely non-invasive way to detect alcohol.

SCRAM bracelets can differentiate between the consumption of alcohol and external environmental sources of alcohol, such as the use of products which contain alcohol. Additionally, the bracelets have temperature and infrared sensors that can detect attempts of tampering or obstruction.

The bracelets connect with a Base Station for readings to be transmitted. Information from the bracelet is sent to the Base Station wirelessly twice a day. If the participant is not in range of the Base Station, the bracelet will still gather information and transmit readings when the participant is back in range of the Base Station.

The bracelets cause minimal disruption to an individual’s day-to-day life, as they can still shower, work out, and go about everyday life and activities.

How accurate are SCRAM bracelets?

SCRAM bracelets cannot confirm complete abstinence from alcohol; however, even low alcohol consumption (1-2 units) can be picked up by the bracelet. In addition, they are Legal Aid Agency approved and can be used for many legal purposes.

SCRAM bracelets differentiate between actual alcohol consumption and environmental alcohol because a reading that peaks suddenly will indicate that an environmental factor has caused the result. Drinking alcohol usually will show a gradual, curved reading as the alcohol level in the body slowly increases as the drinking event progresses.

How does the testing process work?

SCRAM bracelets are fitted and removed by Lextox Collectors, who are trained and experienced in fitting them. A Lextox Sample Collector will meet the individual at their location to install the SCRAM Base Station and to fit the bracelet to the participant’s ankle.

Once the SCRAM bracelet is fitted, one of our dedicated experts prepares a report detailing any alcohol consumption events every 30 days. These reports will also provide details of any attempts to prevent the bracelet from working.

For more information on SCRAM continuous alcohol monitoring, call our team on 029 2048 4141 or email [email protected] and a team member will get back to you as soon as possible.

Published 07/02/23 – All information correct at time of publication