Are personal breathalyzers worth the blow?

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Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Personal breathalyzers are a popular item during the holidays, and are becoming more widely used by individuals when they drink alcohol.

Breathalyzers measure your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) when you blow into it. The legal BAC limit in North Carolina is .08.  Drink more than that, and you'll find yourself in trouble.

Personalized breathalyzers can be purchased in local stores and range in price.  Product makers claim the devices are accurate, but are they really worth the blow?

According to New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon, the devices aren't 100% reliable and you shouldn't risk drinking and driving.

"I imagine it would be a neat tool to have even just to play with while you're at parties or things like that to guess and do things like that, so it would probably be a lot of fun and that's all well and good," said McMahon.  "But to take and stake your driver's license, your insurance, and your life on an instrument like that, nobody would want you to do that."

To ensure safety, plan ahead.  If you know you're going to drink alcohol, get a cab or have a designated driver.

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