Alcohol breathalyzers used by individuals are becoming more and more common as people take responsibility for their health. It’s no secret that alcohol is a toxin; moderate drinking is defined as one drink of alcohol per day for women and two drinks per day for men, and those who drink more than this may be putting their health at risk. Depending on their actions under the influence – for example, driving a car or watching small children – they may be endangering those around them as well.
Are you considering using a breathalyzer to measure alcohol levels in the blood at home because you are concerned about an alcohol use disorder in your loved one? Learn more about treatment services that can help them build toward a sustainable recovery when you contact us at the phone number listed above.
Benefits of At-Home Alcohol Breathalyzer Tests
There are a number of benefits to be had by taking the initiative and utilizing at-home alcohol breathalyzers. These include:
- Recognizing when a few drinks has turned into a few too many to drive
- Identifying health concerns in drinkers who are pregnant or otherwise must maintain total sobriety
- Identifying relapse in a family member who has returned home from rehab or is attempting to avoid drinking
- Driving safely after a DUI infraction or otherwise following legal stipulations and requirements
- Proving sobriety to those who may be concerned
Whether used in an attempt to monitor oneself or someone else, alcohol breathalyzers can be successfully utilized to measure BAC, or blood alcohol content – just pick one that is well-reviewed and most likely to be accurate.
At-Home Alcohol Breathalyzer Options
There is a range of options available for those who would like to purchase an at-home alcohol breathalyzer. They range in price from about $10 to a few hundred dollars each. There are even options that are small enough to hang on a key chain and/or connect to a smartphone. Smartphone breathalyzers can keep track of how often and how far over the legal limit the user blows, text the results to an authorized user, and/or be programmed with the GPS coordinates of the individual and call for a cab if the person is over the limit – but they may not be as accurate as some of the handheld, professional level models. Research your options thoroughly before investing.
Signs of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Often family members consider using an alcohol breathalyzer when they suspect occasional alcohol abuse or want to determine how large their loved one’s drinking problem has grown. There are other ways to recognize the signs of an alcohol use disorder, however. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the following signify an issue with alcohol:
- Drinking larger quantities or more often than intended
- An inability to cut back on alcohol intake or stop drinking
- Repeatedly experiencing negative consequences due to drinking
- Continuing to drink despite health problems, mental health problems, and other issues worsened or caused by drinking
- Getting arrested due to being under the influence or choices made while drunk
- Letting go of hobbies, relationships, and other interests due to increased alcohol intake
Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders
It’s important to find a treatment program that can be personalized to meet the specific needs of your loved one when substance abuse is a problem, especially when alcohol is the substance of choice. Call now to learn more about the different services that are available to your loved one to assist them as they embark on their journey of recovery. Let us answer your questions today.
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David W. Newton is a board certified pharmacist and also has been a board member for boards of examiners for the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy since 1983. His areas of expertise are primarily pharmaceuticals as well as cannabinoids. You can read an article about his expertise in CBD on the National Library of Medicine.