Demand for personal breathalyzer on the rise

Breathalyzer is a device that measures your breath alcohol content in order to estimate your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Breathalyzer gives quick and accurate blood alcohol content. These devices are portable and handy to use.

Personal breathalyzers use one of two technologies to detect the concentration of alcohol – a semiconductor oxide sensor or a fuel cell sensor.

From the public safety point of view, it is very important to keep drunk drivers off the roads. As per the data by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the U.S. alone, approximately 10,000 people die each year in driving crashes due to driving while drunk. All over the world it is a legal offense to be detected of alcohol during working hours and while driving. The driver is charged fine or respective legal action is taken against him if his Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is found out to be above normal (0.08). Withdrawing blood or urine sample at the site and examining it later is not feasible and practical and hence the possibility of estimating BAC indirectly by assessing the amount of alcohol in one's breath poses good market opportunity for these devices.

Market Size and Forecast
The global breathalyzer market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.1% over the forecast period i.e. 2017-2024. Further, the factors bolstering the growth of breathalyzer market include increasing alcohol and drug abuse cases and strict government regulations for mandatory alcohol testing during driving or in workplaces. Moreover, fuel cell based breathalyzer by type is the largest segment by the end of 2024 and it is expected to garner a CAGR of 7.1% during the forecast period.


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