Nearly everyone these days has a smartphone, like iPhones and Androids. While there are plenty of ways to track your alcohol consumption, one of the easiest is through track your drinking apps for your smartphone. In particular, if you have an iPhone or an Android, or just want to learn about what kind of apps are available, read on to learn about two apps that can track your alcohol consumption or can attempt to determine your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) to help you avoid a DWI. We strongly encourage you to always be safe and get a designated driver if you are going out drinking, but these two apps can be extremely helpful, regardless.
One of the more popular apps available for the iPhone is the BreathalEyes© app. It detects and analyzes Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN). Nystagmus is an involuntary jerking or bouncing of the eyeball that occurs when there is a disturbance of the vestibular (inner ear) system, or the oculomotor control of the eye. HGN refers to a lateral or horizontal jerking where the eye gazes to the side. Alcohol consumption hinders the ability of the brain to properly control eye muscles, which causes the jerk or bounce associated with HGN. The greater your impairment, the more pronounced the jerking or bouncing of your eye. HGN is actually one of the tests performed by officers when they’ve pulled someone over for a DWI. HGN can reliably and effective indicate alcohol impairment, but it is not accepted in every courtroom as proof of intoxication. BreathalEyes© uses HGN to approximate a subject’s BAC. It allows the owner to test anyone at any time. Remember that everyone reacts differently to alcohol and that test results would be for reference only. Conditions could be affected by high altitude, age, sex, interaction with medications, weight and height. Thus, while BreathalEyes© may be a good reference, it should not be the only thing you rely on when making decisions. Always drink responsibly.
AlcoDroid© is an alcohol consumption tracker, drinks diary, and BAC calculator. AlcoDroid© helps you to understand what you are drinking, and can help you change your drinking habits. It can also track the costs of your drinks as well, if you want to know how much you are spending on alcohol. AlcoDroid©, based on the amount and type of drinks you’ve logged will attempt to provide an estimate of your BAC. It can also plot your BAC development in a chart to indicate when you get above or below the legal limit, or back to zero. AlcoDroid© also allows you to show, edit , and export your drink logbook. You can chart your drinking habits by day, week, or month. Using this app, you can display and export daily, weekly and monthly alcohol consumption statistics. You can set a drinking goal and see if your drinking matches the goal you set. You can even setup your own list of “drink presets” to log your drinks quickly. Additionally, you are able to pin your most frequently used drinks to the main screen to log your drinks by two clicks. Lastly, you are able to share your status and BAC chart on Facebook, by e-mail etc. Like the BreathalEyes©, you should remember that everyone reacts differently to alcohol and that test results would be for reference only. Conditions could be affected by high altitude, age, sex, interaction with medications, weight and height. Thus, while AlcoDroid© may be a good reference, it should not be the only thing you rely on when making decisions. Always drink responsibly.
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