Beyond Crime: Tackling Alcohol Misuse

SCRAM CAM sobriety tags in the United Kingdom

SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring™ delivers 24/7 monitoring that addresses antisocial behavior, alcohol-fuelled crime, and alcohol misuse.

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In the U.K., alcohol:

  • Contributes to 44% of all domestic violence cases
  • Is a factor in nearly ½ of all violent crimes
  • Costs U.K. citizens between £8b and £13b annually just in alcohol-related crime

In response, officials have intensified their efforts to mandate sobriety initiatives, leveraging some proven programme models from the U.S. as well as SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM CAM) technology. After a cooperative study in 2013 by the University of Glasgow and the University of St Andrews, pilots have sprung up throughout the U.K. Most notable is a large-scale pilot in London, where the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and the Ministry of Justice are utilizing SCRAM CAM sobriety tags in a variety of applications.

News Release

Public supports use of sobriety tags

A recent poll of U.K. residents found that 94 percent of people support the use of sobriety tags for offenders who commit crimes while under the influence of alcohol. The tags are also seen as a more effective sentencing method than community sentences, curfews, or fines.

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Ensuring Sobriety

Sober Days, Not Sober Moments

These pilots are utilizing sobriety tags to enforce Sober Days. Each Sober Day™ is defined as a 24-hour period where someone can confirm sobriety via testing and can confirm there was no drinking and no attempts to tamper or circumvent testing. To have a Sober Day, every 24 hours a participant must:

  • Be able to present evidence-based confirmation of sobriety
  • Be monitored transdermally in order to meet the required test frequency
  • Be tested a minimum of once per hour every
  • Be tested automatically, with no requirement to participate in testing

Every day, 99.3% of all SCRAM CAM participants are completely sober and compliant, meeting the requirements for a Sober Day.

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The Sobriety Tag

SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring

The U.K. programmes are utilizing SCRAM Systems’ flagship alcohol technology, the SCRAM CAM sobriety tags. Having monitored nearly half a million participants and conducted more than 2 billion alcohol tests, the tags are considered to be the world’s most widely used transdermal testing system, providing evidence of alcohol consumption. 

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Case Study

Sobriety Tagging Improves Service User Engagement, Addresses Alcohol Offences

Blackburn with Darwen has had a long-standing commitment to provide early intervention initiatives and find innovative solutions to address alcohol misuse and overcome coexisting. Intrigued by successes in London’s Drug and Family Court, in July 2014 the local council started to explore the idea of introducing a voluntary alcohol tagging programme to address alcohol-related crimes. The resulting pilot—the first-of-its-kind in the UK—has benefitted a variety of cohorts, ranging from repeat alcohol dependent service users to family law cases and domestic abuse cases.

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Our Partners

AlphaBiolabs partnered with SCRAM Systems in 2017. AlphaBiolabs has consistently led in the family law sector by innovating new DNA, drug, and alcohol testing services. The company has earned many awards and accreditations for its work, and offers advice and support from its in-house experts.

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In 2015 we added Lextox to our list of worldwide SCRAM Systems Authorized Service Partners. Lextox specializes in providing substance abuse testing as a component of family law and child care proceedings throughout the U.K.

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In 2012 SCRAM Systems officially partnered with Alere Toxicology, a global leader in drug testing. Alere was our first SCRAM Systems Authorized Service Partner outside North America, and their goal is to deliver SCRAM CAM as an assessment and treatment tool to non-criminal individuals struggling with alcohol abuse and addiction.

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Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement

The Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement (AAMR) is a period of mandated sobriety that courts can impose on offenders under Community Orders and Suspended Sentence Orders. The AAMR allows authorities to directly address a core factor within the offending behaviour (alcohol misuse), whilst permitting the offender to remain in the community.

Compliance is monitored by fitting a transdermal alcohol bracelet (“sobriety tag”) to the offender’s ankle. The tag measures alcohol consumption by testing the individual’s perspiration. The AAMR was made available to all London Courts through a phased roll out that began in April 2016. In 2017 an additional AAMR pilot was initiated in Humberside, Lincolnshire, and North Yorkshire.

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London Compulsory Sobriety Project

In 2014, the Mayor of London launched the U.K.’s first scheme to enforce alcohol abstinence through the compulsory use of SCRAM CAM. This pilot programme is part of the Mayor’s pledge for new sentencing powers to tackle the impact of alcohol-related crime and disorder in London. The pilots are being run with the cooperation of the Ministry of Justice and the Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime (MOPAC).

In 2015, Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to expand the use of SCRAM CAM sobriety tags throughout England and Wales.

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University of St Andrews

Peer-Reviewed Study

The School of Medicine, University of St Andrews published a peer-reviewed study that involved the use of SCRAM CAM technology with University students.

“An Experimental Trial Exploring the Impact of Continuous Transdermal Alcohol Monitoring upon Alcohol Consumption in a Cohort of Male Students”

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By Fergus G. Neville, Damien J. Williams, Christine A. Goodall, Jeffrey S. Murer, Peter D. Donnelly

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Sales and Programme Information

For more information on SCRAM Systems programmes in the United Kingdom, please contact:

Amit Sethi
EU Head of Operations

Joe Weston
UK Account Manager

Office Location

Level 18
40 Bank Street (HQ3)
Canary Wharf, London E14 5NR 
United Kingdom
Tel: 020 3059 7797

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