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Creator of first smartphone breathalyzer debuts BACtrack® Consumption Report; Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) insights driven by over 100,000 data points
SAN FRANCISCO, June 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time ever, consumer Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) data is available, providing insight into alcohol consumption patterns around the nation thanks to BACtrack®, the leader in personal and professional-grade breathalyzers. The data was collected anonymously from users of BACtrack Mobile. Collectively called the BACtrack Consumption Report, the data will be regularly updated and analyzed to garner insights into global drinking habits.
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) has recommended lowering the legal driving limit from 0.08% to 0.05% BAC. BACtrack breathalyzers are designed to help consumers understand their alcohol levels and make smarter choices.
"With BACtrack's technology, we are able to glean specific data, like the fact that June 22, 2013 had the highest average reading (0.115% BAC) out of any day in 2013," said Keith Nothacker, CEO and founder of BACtrack. "Our goal is to enlighten the general public on alcohol consumption habits so that they become more responsible drinkers."
Notable insights from the BACtrack Consumption Report are detailed below. The full results can be viewed here.
BAC Data by Time and Day
Seasonality and Holiday BAC Data
BAC Data by Geography
Data for the study is collected anonymously from users of BACtrack Mobile, and represents more than 100,000 unique BAC tests collected over 12 months. BACtrack Mobile users are in over 35 countries, and in all 50 U.S. states. Data used in the BACtrack Consumption Report is collected from users with location services turned on and does not represent data from all users.
How a BACtrack Breathalyzer Works
When alcohol is consumed, it is absorbed from the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines into the bloodstream. As blood flows through the lungs, alcohol in the bloodstream moves across the membranes of the lung's air sacs (alveoli) into the air. The concentration of the alcohol in the alveolar air is directly related to the concentration of the alcohol in the blood. As the alveolar air is exhaled, the alcohol in it can be detected by the BACtrack.
For more information, please visit www.bactrack.com.
San Francisco-based BACtrack is the North American leader in breathalyzers, offering a full range of innovative products for both personal and professional use. Founded in 2001, BACtrack helps people monitor their blood alcohol content and make informed decisions about alcohol consumption. In 2013, BACtrack launched BACtrack Mobile, the world's first Smartphone breathalyzer that uses fuel cell sensor technology and Bluetooth connectivity and has since won Popular Science's 2013 'Best of What's New' Award for its innovation in health. BACtrack breathalyzers are available in 20 countries and at over 10,000 store locations including Walgreens, Best Buy, Pep Boys and seasonally at Costco. BACtrack products can also be purchased online at BACtrack.com, Amazon, Brookstone, and drugstore.com. BACtrack products have been featured on Oprah's All Stars, The Dr.Phil Show, The Doctors, and MythBusters. Connect with BACtrack via Twitter and on Facebook. For more company information, visit bactrack.com.
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