Public Alcohol Breathalyzers Continue to Fuel Demand in Global Market for Drug Testing Equipment

The shift of alcohol breathalyzers and other drug testing equipment from being law enforcement devices to being personal portable products has further fuelled their demand as a healthcare consumer good.

Breathalyzers, essentially designed to test blood alcohol content (BAC) through breath, are gradually becoming handy device consumers can carry and use while consuming alcohol. The use of alcohol breathalyzers and drug testing equipment is no longer limited to law and enforcement authorities who record cases of driving under influence (DUI) all over the world. With some latest news hinting, the launch of marijuana breathalyzer, the global market for alcohol breathalyzers and such drug testing equipment is expected to witness a higher influx of demand from consumers instead of law enforcement bodies. Being a generic device for estimating the BACs of subjects, alcohol breathalyzers helped police personnel and traffic department officials for checking the impairment of driver through intoxication. Accidents and other incidents caused due to DUI became strong cases as readings from alcohol breathalyzers helped police to assert stringent charges on the suspects.

Chemical oxidation, photometry, infrared spectroscopy, and other non-invasive procedures became breathalyzing tests; some of which gained prominence due to immediate and accurate results. Among such alcohol breathalyzers, desktop analyzers used infrared spectrophotometer technology or electrochemical fuel cell technology, or a combination of the two. Handheld alcohol breathalyzers were equipped with an electrochemical platinum fuel cell that facilitated testing phases such as preliminary breath test (PBT) or field sobriety test, preliminary alcohol screening (PAS), and as an evidence for a point of arrest (POA) test.

Within a couple of years, alcohol breathalyzers and other drug testing equipment have gone public and users check their BACs at the time of source; which is either during alcohol consumption or at the time of getting in their vehicles. Restaurants, bars, pubs, charities, weddings and other similar social places are being actively adopting public alcohol breathalyzers, without any licensing hurdles.

According to Persistence Market Research, alcohol breathalyzers going public have immensely boosted the growth of a global market for alcohol breathalyzers and drug testing equipment. In a report, titled “Global Market Study on Alcohol Breathalyzer and Drug Testing Equipment: Increasing Demand for Personal Portable Alcohol Breathalyzer to Drive the Market during the Forecast Period,” the global alcohol breathalyzers and drug testing equipment market is projected to attain US$ 10,037.7 million in market value by the end of forecast period 2014-2021. Key findings in the report suggest that fuel cell-based breathalyzer segment will remain the largest and expand at an impressive 7.7% CAGR through 2021. On the basis of applications, alcohol detection continues to be the palpable dominant segment, expected to exhibit a 7.9% CAGR. North America’s contribution in the global market continues to fare through the roof. Garnering share of over 50%, North America will dominate the global market value for alcohol breathalyzers and drug testing equipment. Asia-Pacific, on the other hand, is slated to expand its market for alcohol breathalyzers and drug testing equipment at a CAGR of 13.9%, rendering fastest regional growth in the global market.

The report profiles some of leading companies participating in the growth of global alcohol breathalyzers and drug testing equipment market. Lion Laboratories Limited, Alere, Inc., Lifeloc Technologies, Inc., Andatech Private Limited, Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, Quest Products, Inc., C4 Development Ltd., BACtrack, and Intoximeters, Inc., among others, are some of the recognizable key players included in the report.

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