With remote monitoring, monitor a person’s alcohol level in real-time and from anywhere
Remote alcohol monitoring enables the courts, employers and treatment providers to accurately track and assess individuals with alcohol abuse or addiction disorders, and alcohol-related legal issues.
Additionally, remote alcohol monitoring offers friends and family members peace of mind that loved ones are safely consuming alcohol or maintaining sobriety when they can’t be with them.
The statistics regarding alcohol addiction disorders are staggering.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 17 percent of men and 8 percent of women will be dependent on alcohol in their lifetime. The Centers for Disease Control reports that on average one person is killed in a motor vehicle crash that involves an alcohol-impaired driver every hour in the U.S.
The benefits of remote alcohol monitoring are clear, but there are a limited number of viable and affordable options for individuals who need or are required to use remote alcohol monitoring. Read on for an overview of current options.
Remote Alcohol Monitoring Options Compared
Continuous Alcohol Monitoring Devices
Courts often order subjects charged with DUI or DWI to abstain from alcohol. To monitor a subject’s alcohol consumption, the court has several options. Wearable alcohol monitoring devices continuously monitor subjects’ BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) transdermally, sensing alcohol that is expired from the skin.
Portable Alcohol Monitoring Devices
Courts may also require subjects to use portable alcohol monitoring devices that use the same technology that officers use to administer field sobriety tests. Monitoring authorities determine the number of tests offenders are required to take per day, and users may receive automatic reminders. The monitoring authorities can change the number of tests or the test schedule at any time.
Cost: Modest to Expensive
Smartphone-based Alcohol Monitoring Devices
BACtrack View is the world’s first smartphone-based remote BAC monitoring system. Like other portable alcohol monitoring devices, BACtrack View is comprised of a professional-grade breathalyzer using fuel-cell technology to accurately test breath samples for alcohol and a camera. In this case, the camera is used is the one on a user’s smartphone.