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What is a Blood Alcohol Measurement Device?

17 January, 2022

Many people consume alcohol while engaging in social activities. Alcohol can make a person feel relaxed or stimulated. However, overconsumption can lead to intoxication and impaired abilities. People can get into accidents or get pulled out by police officers when driving home. Police conduct roadside screenings if they believe a person is driving under the influence of alcohol. They use a blood alcohol measurement device to detect alcohol in the breath. This method can help them improve road safety and decrease accidents. If you’ve consumed alcohol a few hours before the test, you will test positive. Knowing your alcohol level is tricky if you don’t have a proper device to measure your blood alcohol content (BAC). Fortunately, with the advances in technology nowadays, you can determine your BAC level through personal breathalysers.

A blood alcohol measurement device is a tool that can quantify how much alcohol is present in your system. For example, a breathalyser measures the BAC or intoxication level through an exhaled breath. It is a portable device with a mouthpiece attached to capture the breath for alcohol analysis through its sensors. Breathalysers used by law enforcement use police-grade fuel cell sensors to measure the BAC accurately. Similarly, the BACtrack personal breathalysers now also use fuel cell sensors, which can help provide more accurate personal readings. Fuel cell breathalysers rely on an electrochemical process that oxidises ethanol and generates electrical currents. The electrical currents’ strength determines the amount of alcohol or BAC.

Blood Alcohol Measurement Device: Personal and Workplace Use

Since breathalysers became available and affordable, they have been indispensable in monitoring blood alcohol levels. People who consume alcohol use these devices to check their BAC and make better decisions. A blood alcohol measurement device like a breathalyser can help bring down the number of alcohol-related accidents. Therefore, it is helpful to self-check your BAC before driving. Breathalysers, like BACtrack devices, enables you to stay on top of your alcohol consumption. You can monitor your BAC level from time to time, so you’ll know when to stop or slow down. Checking your BAC can also help prevent you from going over the legal driving limit (0.05% in NZ).

A blood alcohol measurement device can also be essential in workplaces. Alcohol testing is necessary for high-risk industries such as mining, construction, transportation, aviation, and healthcare. Additionally, intoxicated employees pose safety hazards that lead to accidents or injuries. Therefore, a workplace breathalyser is essential to managing safety risks and preventing alcohol use within the workplace. Implementing breath alcohol tests can also help reduce company expenses. The pro-grade breathalysers of BACtrack are suitable for high-volume workplace testing. BACtrack workplace breathalysers also use fuel cell sensors. These sensors are also less likely to provide false-positive results. Breath tests with BACtrack devices are quick because these devices only take 10 to 15 seconds to process BAC.

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