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App Review: DrinkTracker Breathalyzer for iPhone

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A social night out can have some form of alcohol involved and no matter what, we should always Drink Responsibly. Today, I have an application for you that further helps you to keep your social night out under control. It is called ‘DrinkTracker Breathalyzer‘ and it will tell you your Blood-Alcohol Content so you know exactly when enough really is, enough.

DrinkTracker Breathalyzer by slappmedotcom Pty Ltd

DrinkTracker Breathalyzer is a fantastic application that does not play around. This is serious business, as the application can accurately display your current Blood Alcohol Content, with minor variation.

The application has a great interface that is very easy to navigate. You begin by creating a profile of yourself by inputting information such as gender, age, weight, height, and the target BAC (usually the legal limit or a specific target that you may want). You may also choose whether you want support for Imperial, Metric, or US measurement systems. At this point you can begin a session in the app (when you begin to drink) and if you close the app, the settings are retained and updated once you re-open it.

The app includes a list of preloaded alcoholic beverages but chances are you have your own preferred varieties. So, you have the option to add new drinks to the list. Every time you take a drink of something, you add it to your session. When you add the drink, you can either add it to the session immediately or at a specific time. For example, if you drank a beer 10 minutes ago, you can record the time as 10 minutes ago on the clock in the app.

As your session continues and you add more drinks, your BAC level increases. The BAC counter stays green until your target BAC is exceeded, at which point the BAC counter turns orange. The main session page details information such as the number of drinks consumed, the time elapsed, your BAC target, and the amount of time it will take for your BAC level to reach your specified target.

The app works on the assumption that you are adding drinks to the session as you consume them, however I would say that can quickly become unreliable. Instead I would give this app to your designated driver who can then track your drinks for you, as that is likely to be more accurate than the drinker tracking the drinks him or herself.

Overall, DrinkTracker Breathalyzer provides a lot of information in a meaningful and easy to understand way, all wrapped around a great interface. You can use the app to keep your BAC low or simply if you want to know what your BAC usually is after a night of social drinking. The application provides a responsible service and is not meant to be misused. DrinkTracker Breathalyzer is scored a 5 out of 5.

DrinkTracker Breathalyzer is available in the iTunes App Store for $1.99.

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  • Dusty

    Looks like it can come in handy lol

  • Name

    It should be noted that there is absolutely no way for this app to give a reliable number, since everyone's body handles alcohol differently. It's irresponsible to claim that this app can estimate the BAC, and people should never rely on it to decide if they are able to drive.

  • Andrew

    If the designated driver is needed to accuratly track the drinks of the drinker, I would think the drinker wouldn't have to worry too much about it, since he has a ride home already…

  • Gone are the days of keeping track of things using out brains or a pad and pen. Nowadays, we ask “there must be an app for that!” LOL 😉

  • drinktracker

    @Name – the human body metabolises alcohol in a clinically predictable manner based on height, weight, age and gender. If you'd had a look at the app before commenting (or thoroughly read the review) you would have noticed that these significant variables are built into the app and its calculation of the BAC of the user. The physical manifestations of alcohol intoxication may vary from person to person (some people have a propensity to run off at the mouth, some pick fights, some go to sleep, etc) the BAC of a person is, indeed, physiologically predictable. DrinkTracker doesn't make any pretense to predict what sort of a drunk you are, but simply to quantify the number that the police will also use to decide whether to charge you or not. Same predictive science, same calculations, same result.

  • I've seen a lot of posts and I've seen a lot of responses, but “Name”, you sir have just been served.

  • Name

    Actually, no. BAC is significantly affected by individual characteristics that are not taken into account by this program (nor could they be) which determine how the body metabolizes in order to eliminate alcohol (the ethanol component of drinks). Genetic variations in your ALD and ALD2 (alcohol dehydrogenase, the enzyme that metabolizes this) as well as the state of your cytochrome P450 enzymes (up or down regulation) play a huge role. These things vary based on genetic patterns seen with various ethnic groups, with the functional state of your liver, as well as with a variety of variable factors such as the time of day and quantity you have been drinking before hand.

    There is extensive literature on the subject that I suggest you read.

    This program, while it may be a rough estimation tool, lacks the specificity for people to use as a tool to decide if they are safe to drive. If people are in any doubt they should either not drive or they should use a reliable breahalyzer test.

  • Cchevy

    Regardless whether this app is accurate or not is ridiculous nonetheless. When drinking, whom is going to remember to input their consumption??

  • Cchevy

    Regardless whether this app is accurate or not is ridiculous nonetheless. When drinking, whom is going to remember to input their consumption??

  • drinktracker

    <sigh> Glad you didn't start that off with IMHO….

    Memo To Self: Include mitochondrial DNA sequencing capability, real-time database query access to Genographic Project for ethnicity determination, and cytochrome P450 testing module in next version of DrinkTracker (File Note: Keep price at $1.99 per unit)

    🙂

  • John

    I just bought a police approved breatalyzer. I will compare results when it arrives. Hows that??

  • John

    If only there was app that showed where road blocks were.

  • John

    I just bought a police approved breatalyzer. I will compare results when it arrives. Hows that??

  • John

    If only there was app that showed where road blocks were.

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