Although you might not want your alcohol intake posted on Facebook or tweeted to your friends, advancements in Smartphone technology may be able to save lives, this according to a recent article in USAToday, which details the types of gadgets which now can warn drinkers about their blood alcohol concentration or BAC level BEFORE they decide to get behind the wheel.
How does the new Smartphone technology work?
The Smartphone device has breathalyzer technology which allows you to breathe into your Smartphone and wait for the device to calculate your actual blood alcohol level. The Smartphone devices are small and inexpensive.
There are several new Smartphone devices. First, there is the Alcohoot, which can attach to your iPhone or Android headphone jack. This device costs as little as $99, a small price to pay to avoid a DUI, which can average $15,000 with fines, penalties, reinstatement fees and DUI lawyer expenses. Another option is the Breathometer, which is a bit cheaper, but works about the same way as the Alcohoot. Finally, there is the BACtrack which connects to a Bluetooth and provides instant readings either through a Smartphone or a keychain.
Other options besides Smartphone devices to detect intoxication
What if you dont want to use one of the new Smartphone devices detailed above? There are other ways to track your alcohol intake. Some drinkers track their drinks using applications, similar to those used to track their calorie intake. But experts argue these types of applications may be less effective because many drinkers dont have the discipline or the wherewithal to continue to document drinks in a drinking log throughout the night.
But even if you dont have the money or discipline to use the latest technologies, its still possible to drink responsibility. For instance, its easy to take some of the basic steps that drinkers have been taking for years: calling a friend, calling a taxi, walking, or identifying a designated driver BEFORE you go out for the night.
Drinking and Driving Kills
Drinking and driving kills an estimated 10,000 drivers across the United States each year. Laws have been standardized and it is now illegal to operate a motorized vehicle with a BAC of 0.08% in every state. Unfortunately, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which is pushing to lower the legal threshold to 0.05%, many drivers are impaired even before they hit the illegal limit so detection before you drive is key to avoiding a DUI arrest.
Hiring a DUI lawyer
One of the most common mistakes drinkers make is overestimating how much they can drink before they are legally intoxicated. In fact, the amount individuals can drink varies substantially and is affected by a variety of factors including body mass, gender, how much a person has eaten and how much they normally drink.
If you have been arrested for a DUI its time to talk to a lawyer. A DUI can cost you thousands of dollars, and in many states a DUI conviction cannot be expunged from your driving record. Dont let one night of partying ruin your future employment prospects, personal reputation or potentially end someone elses life.