How Breathalyzers Can Save Your Life
Breathalyzers aren’t just for cops anymore. A hand-held breathalyzer gives you the ability to administer an alcohol test quickly and easily. Most of these hand held breath alcohol testing devices are small enough to fit in a pocket, purse, or glove compartment, so testing can be impromptu and discreet.
Who uses breathalyzers?
Hand-held alcohol testing units, such as the Lifeloc are useful for many groups that want certified, accurate results:
- Law Enforcement – to test suspicious drivers
- Probation officers – to verify alcohol compliance with court orders
- Corrections officers – to verify compliance
- Schools – to make sure students don’t drink alcohol before attending school functions like dances or parties
- Businesses and clinics that need an easy, fast and accurate way to test alcohol impairment
- Parents – given as a gift to a loved one so he (or she) knows not to drive if he’s had too much to drink, or used as an enforcement tool to make sure kids aren’t drinking
- College students – to find out if you or your friends are too intoxicated to drive, or simply to prevent overindulgence and alcohol poisoning
“You mean it’s not illegal?”
Did you know that the legal threshhold for intoxication for people under 21 years of age is less than the threshhold for older adults? In many cases the limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is only .02, compared with the .08 for older adults.
Further, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to drink alcohol in all 50 states.
The trouble is, after only a few drinks, most people can’t tell if they’ve had too much alcohol to get behind the wheel—unless they’re falling-over drunk. Alcohol impairment is affected by:
- Gender – males generally can handle more than females
- Weight – larger people have more blood volume, which dilutes the alcohol more
- Food – food in the belly delays alcohol absorption
- Quantity – the more you drink, the greater the impairment
- Time – drinking slowly over a longer time span slows intoxication
- Drink choice – all drinks are not created equal. A glass of bourbon has more alcohol than an equally sized glass of beer.
- Individual tolerance – here’s where part of the problem lies. Experienced drinkers are more accustomed to the effects of alcohol so they think they can handle it – even at high blood alcohol concentrations.
Our advice is to give your child or other loved one the gift of life. Give them the opportunity to test themselves so the men in blue don’t have to.
Why risk the legal and financial penalties of a DUI or DWI –or worse, killing someone –when these convenient and inexpensive tools are available.