Remote Alcohol Monitoring: What It Is and How It Has Evolved

Remote Alcohol Monitoring: what it is, how it’s Evolved, and how BACtrack is a True Innovator in the Industry

Once upon a time, alcohol testing relied solely on blood and urine analyses. Nowadays, however, blood alcohol content (or BAC) can be traced through breathalyzer tests. The first practical roadside breath-testing device, popularly deemed the “drunkometer”, was developed in 1931 and while it was certainly a game-changer, these tests have come a long way over the years. One of the biggest evolutions in BAC technology is that individuals can now own and operate their own remote alcohol monitoring devices that are comparable in accuracy to those used by law enforcement.

There are a variety of reasons why an individual might be required to have his or her blood-alcohol levels tested, and these reasons tend to revolve around legal matters. These include things like sobriety testing necessary in certain child custody or domestic violence cases, or when employees are required to be tested at a new job, among other things. People also like to track their blood-alcohol levels for personal reasons. If someone is in recovery for a drinking problem, for example, or if they’re simply looking to slow down their drinking and need an accountability tool, remote alcohol monitoring can be quite beneficial.

Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is the standard measurement used to determine how drunk someone is. In many cases, particularly where drinking and driving are concerned, blood alcohol levels legally must remain under a certain level. In the United States, for instance, it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or above. This number is lower for drivers under the age of 21 with limits varying from state to state. If a driver is caught by the police driving with a BAC that exceeds the limit, they risk a DUI (driving under the influence)––the crime or offense of operating a motor vehicle while being impaired by a substance. This generally means that their driver’s license will be revoked for a period of time. Consequently, and moving forward, they’re often required to continue having their alcohol levels monitored if they wish to retain their driving privileges once they get their license back. In other situations, namely child custody or domestic abuse cases where alcohol consumption is the concern, subjects must abstain from drinking entirely. There are certainly other potential scenarios where alcohol levels need to be monitored, but the aforementioned tend to be the most common.

Alcohol monitoring can be handled in a variety of ways, and remote alcohol monitoring has been used for several decades now to test alcohol levels in a person’s system. The information collected through a remote alcohol monitoring device then gets sent to another party for evaluation. This can include relatives, courts and caseworkers (in situations like child custody or domestic abuse cases), and anyone else who’s closely involved in the person’s decision to abstain from drinking. When offenders get convicted and their offense involves alcohol, the sentence or probation conditions often include random sobriety testing. This is where remote alcohol monitoring devices come in handy. They also serve as great accountability tools, as mentioned, for anyone who simply wants to slow down their drinking or for those who might be trying to quit altogether.

The benefits of using remote alcohol monitoring devices are far reaching and to those who have firsthand experience with the more antiquated ways of testing, they’re pretty obvious as well. Not only are these devices convenient, but they’re also easy-to-use, affordable, and, most importantly, they can be used at home and at any time with barely any interruption in one’s day. Once-upon-a-time, the only option for blood-alcohol testing, barring tests ordered on the spot by police officers, would be to go into a facility and get tested. This typically would involve taking time out of the day to go in for regular urine analyses, thus cutting into work schedules, family time, and other responsibilities. Additionally, those getting tested would need to wait for a certain amount of time to lapse before receiving their test results. All-in-all, the old way is an inconvenient and time-consuming process.

These days, remote alcohol monitoring is taking the place of urinalysis testing more and more frequently, giving users instant results that they can easily share with family members, friends, and family courts. In fact, using a remote alcohol monitoring device means that someone can monitor a loved-one or self-test and share verified results with anyone in the world. Furthermore, with BACtrack technology, this can be done in real time, all using a handheld device that’s compact and easy to carry along.

BACtrack offers a range of options to consumers, and BACtrack View works using fuel-sensor technology––the same technology used in law-enforcement breathalyzers. This means it’s incredibly reliable and accurate. BACtrack Skyn, on the other hand, is the company’s wearable technology still in development (and available for research use). It works using transdermal testing to measure how much alcohol is in a person’s system. More precisely, it detects the level of ethanol vapor that’s present in their perspiration.

There are a number of sound and wonderful reasons why BACtrack stands out in the industry and continues to break new ground in breathalyzer technology. Sure, we might be a little biased, but the proud folks behind this amazing technology have made some pretty big strides. For starters, BACtrack was the first company to obtain FDA approval to manufacture and market breathalyzers for personal use to members of the general public back in 2004. Then, in April of 2013, it became the first breathalyzer available for commercial purchase that could be connected to a smartphone. The sophisticated technology allows users to wirelessly transform their smartphones into breathalyzers using the free BACtrack app, enabling real-time sharing of test results. This also makes it really easy to track drinking and decide whether or not to do things like get behind the wheel of a car. Users can even call Uber directly from the app if they’re too drunk to drive.

BACtrack devices are currently sold in 25 countries and the technology continues to receive accolades in major publications. It’s changing the way people drink across the world. If you’re looking for a reliable testing method that’s easy to use, convenient, and doesn’t cost a fortune, BACtrack delivers the goods. Explore the BACtrack store to find the breathalyzer device that’s right for you.

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