Published on : Aug 26, 2016
Breath analyzers are alcohol testing devices used for testing the blood alcohol levels through an individual’s breath. The non-invasive nature of these devices and their accuracy and reliability have led to an increased use of these devices across the globe. Breath analyzers are being used in probation departments, remand homes, police departments, and prisons, thus driving their market. Since breath analyzers help in curbing the risk of casualties arising out of excessive consumption of alcohol, they are being used for both screening and evidential purposes. Additionally, the introduction of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Impaired (DWI) laws were passed by law enforcement agencies in the U.S. has propelled the demand for breath analyzers.
Growing Consumption of Illegal Drugs Drives Demand for Breath Analyzers
An increase in alcohol consumption and subsequently a rise in road accidents are major drivers for the growth in the demand for these devices. Sedentary lifestyle and growing consumption of illegal drugs are some other factors that are propelling the growth of the market. Additionally, technological advancements in the field of breath analysis have created an opportunity for these devices to be used in the medical field. Today, these devices are being used for quick diagnosis of diseases such as asthma, tuberculosis, cancer, and diabetes.
Inaccurate and False Diagnosis May Hamper Demand for Breath Analyzers
Breath analyzers tend to detect other substances present in the breath, having similar structure to ethyl alcohol. These devices also detect compounds that have a methyl group structure. As a result, these devices can be unreliable and falsely detect alcohol in the breath of a person. Additionally these devices give false reading if they are not calibrated properly to the surrounding air temperature. Compounds such as paint removers, lacquers, gasoline, and celluloids give false readings. This is expected to dampen their demand in the coming years.