Many people consume alcohol as leisure or occasional activity. Moderate consumption is pleasurable and creates mild euphoric effects. The danger of alcohol comes when it is taken at high doses. Despite the massive campaigns against the perils of excessive alcohol intake, many people still consume at “risky levels.” In Australia, heavy alcohol consumption is an ongoing issue and people get into accidents, face legal problems, or have health issues. Alcohol, when consumed excessively, has impairing abilities that affect the senses, perception, and motor functions. Particularly, it diminishes the ability to operate a vehicle or heavy machinery safely. In line with this, the BACtrack alcohol monitoring devices are essential in keeping safe from the harmful effects of alcohol.
Alcohol is a volatile substance that is not ingested like food. Once alcohol enters the body, it travels to the different body organs through the bloodstream, including the lungs and brain. As a result, it impairs the senses, cognitive and motor functions. The impairment includes blurred vision, slurred speech, slower comprehension and reflexes, and poor coordination and balance. The level of impairment depends on the amount of alcohol in the system or the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). The BAC is expressed as the weight of ethanol in grams per 100ml of blood. Therefore, the higher the BAC level means, the higher the intoxication degree. It can be measured through breath, blood, saliva, and urine test. Breathalysers Australia has an extensive range of BACtrack alcohol monitoring devices to determine the BAC level.
BACtrack Alcohol Monitoring: Ensure Health and Safety
The BACtrack alcohol monitoring devices help monitor the alcohol level from going over the legal limits. Alcohol monitoring devices like breathalysers can determine the BAC level through a sample breath. Modern breathalysers are portable devices with sensors to analyse alcohol in the breath. Most BACtrack breathalysers use fuel cell sensor technology to measure the BAC accurately. Fuel cell sensors are known to have police-grade accuracy. They rely on an electrochemical process to oxidise ethanol and produce small electrical currents. The number of electrical currents corresponds to the volume of alcohol converted into BAC. When you know your BAC level, you can make better, informed decisions.
The BACtrack alcohol monitoring devices is beneficial for many reasons. The main importance of a breathalyser is to check the BAC level to know the intoxication or impairment degree. People who do not monitor their BAC while consuming alcohol make poorer decisions. For example, they drive a vehicle severely impaired and get into a collision. In addition, excessive alcohol use has many short-term and long-term health risks like high blood pressure, heart and liver diseases, and cancer. It can also lead to the weakening of the immune system and memory problems. Additionally, alcohol use disorder affects work performance, relationships, and other social impacts. Using a breathalyser to control the alcohol intake reduces the risks of accidents. For example, the BACtrack C6 and C8 Smartphone breathalysers have ZeroLine technology that estimates how long your BAC will return to 0.00%.
BACtrack Alcohol Monitoring for Law Compliance
Australia has a legal limit of 0.05% BAC for driving. In addition, drink driving is a criminal offence with severe penalties. Therefore, your BAC must be under 0.05% to avoid criminal charges and liabilities. Police officers randomly inspect drivers’ BAC through an alcohol screening. Moreover, if you show symptoms of driving under the influence (DUI), they will ask you to blow into a breathalyser with pro-grade accuracy. A 0.05% BAC has minor impairments in judgment, memory and reaction time. Higher BAC levels have moderate to extreme loss of motor coordination, balance, vision, and hearing. The BACtrack alcohol monitoring devices track your BAC, so you will stay within the allowed limits for driving. Using the BACtrack breathalyser regularly helps monitor your intake. The penalties for a drink driving charge include:
- Hefty fines,
- Driving disqualification
- Vehicle Confiscation
- Alcohol interlock program
Alcohol Interlock Program
The Alcohol Interlock program applies to drivers convicted of high-risk drink driving offences or repeat offences. The high-risk driving offence involves driving with a 0.10% BAC or higher. Under the program, an ignition interlock device (IID) is fitted in your car’s engine for a specified period. The ignition interlock device is like a breathalyser for the car that requires a breath sample to start the engine. You must breathe into the device every time you drive, and your BAC must be zero or below the legal limit. The BACtrack alcohol monitoring devices help you check your BAC to avoid repeating the same offence. Use a personal BACtrack breathalyser to control your intake and monitor your alcohol level. Therefore, checking your BAC level before driving is essential to avoid the hassle of failed BAC tests.
Workplace Alcohol Program
Some workplaces implement an alcohol program to manage safety risks. For example, high-risk industries like mining, construction, transportation, healthcare, and manufacturing have a zero-tolerance to alcohol policy to maintain safety. In particular, alcohol intoxication is the leading cause of workplace casualties. Employees must not be under any alcohol influence to avoid safety hazards. Furthermore, alcohol impairment leads to poor performance, decreased output, and increased absenteeism. Therefore, monitoring sobriety is critical to keeping the working environment safe and healthy. The reliable BACtrack alcohol monitoring devices help keep employees and the workplace safe at all times. The BACtrack professional breathalysers like the S80 Pro have fuel cell sensors to monitor the BAC accurately. In addition, a breathalyser is a non-invasive method to check blood alcohol concentration. Moreover, there are specific policies that allow employers to provide tests:
- Pre-employment testing
- Random Mass Testing
- Testing after a workplace accident
Remote BACtrack Alcohol Monitoring
The BACtrack alcohol monitoring devices also offer an effective way to help people regain trust and accountability. Breathalysers Australia offers the BACtrack View, a remote alcohol monitoring service for people undergoing treatment for alcohol use. The BACtrack View is an app-based system integrated with alcohol breath testing. It monitors the BAC level regularly and ensures that the person is sober at all times. The BACtrack View works by taking a BAC test through the BACtrack Mobile Pro and sending the results to an app. A family member or health professional monitors the BAC results. The BAC test requires a video or photo verification to confirm that the right person is giving the breath sample. The BACtrack View is also beneficial in child custody cases and parents monitoring their children’s alcohol consumption.
BACtrack Devices at Breathalysers Australia
Breathalysers Australia has a comprehensive selection of BACtrack alcohol monitoring devices for reliable and accurate breath tests. The alcohol monitoring devices range from keychain alcohol testers, smartphone, pro-grade, and workplace breathalysers. In particular, the BACtrack Go Keychain is the smallest alcohol tester ideal for alcohol screening, personal, and at-home use. The C6, C8 and Mobile Pro breathalysers have Bluetooth connectivity to connect to a smartphone. You can view your BAC results and track them over time directly from your phone. In addition, the professional BACtrack breathalysers have Xtend fuel cell sensor technology, ideal for personal and professional use. No matter which BACtrack devices you choose, you can ascertain the most precise and dependable alcohol breath tests.