THE DRINK NATION IS A FREE RESOURCE FOR FINDING EVERYTHING AWESOME ABOUT DRINKING IN YOUR LOCATION

Scientists to Develop Blood-Alcohol Sensing Tattoos

by Alexander Frane on Oct 4, 2016 in Culture
If you’re a responsible adult, you don’t drink and drive. But sometimes it’s hard to tell whether you’ve had too much to be able to safely do so, and breathalyzers aren’t always useful. To that end, scientists at UC San Diego have been developing a temporary tattoo than can measure blood alcohol content, the Press Herald reports
 
Sweat has shown to provide a more accurate measurement of blood alcohol content than breath. For instance, humidity can skew a breathalyzer. The researchers at San Diego have created a system of micro-sensors that attach to the skin with a temporary tattoo. The tattoo paper delivers a miniscule amount of pilocarpine, which stimulates sweating, then electronically measures blood alcohol. The device can then send the information to a bluetooth device, such as a smart phone. The process takes eight minutes.
 
The tattoos could serve a variety of functions, from electronically shutting down vehicles of intoxicated people, to being used by bartenders or friends to judge alcohol levels. The team behind them have proposed single use tattoos for a night out. The technology could provide a valuable tool for taking responsibility of drinking habits and safety at low expense.
 
Photo via Flickr user jpmatth

Tags: News
Recent Articles

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Rejoice: Burger King is Now Serving Booze

Rejoice: Burger King is Now Serving Booze

A Whopper and fries (along with some cheap chicken nuggets) makes a great post-drunk fill-up, but now thanks to the geniuses at the Burger King corpor...read more ›

by Ryan Hudak May 19, 2017
You Can Now Visit an Inflatable Version of Moe's Tavern from 'The Simpsons'

You Can Now Visit an Inflatable Version of Moe's Tavern from 'The Simpsons'

Have you ever wanted to visit the iconic Moe's Tavern from The Simpsons? Well, unless you live in Eugene, OR, ...read more ›

by Alexander Frane May 19, 2017
Eric Wareheim of 'Master of None' & 'Tim and Eric' Is the Latest Celebrity to Release a Wine

Eric Wareheim of 'Master of None' & 'Tim and Eric' Is the Latest Celebrity to Release a Wine

Plenty of celebrities are releasing wine these days, and Eric Wareheim, famous for both Master of None and Tim...read more ›

by The Drink Nation May 17, 2017
SPONSORED
A Booze-Infused Ice Cream Shop Just Opened in NYC

A Booze-Infused Ice Cream Shop Just Opened in NYC

Ah, the Big Apple, always providing the rest of the country with great art, culture, theater and now-perhaps the best innovation to date-the ice cream...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio May 17, 2017
A 100-Year-Old British Man Won Beer For Life

A 100-Year-Old British Man Won Beer For Life

A landlord at a Manchester pub promised a then 92-year-old Arthur Johnson, about eight years ago, that when he turned 100 he'd be entitled to free bee...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio May 17, 2017
Lagunitas Sells Second Half of Stake to Heineken

Lagunitas Sells Second Half of Stake to Heineken

Lagunitas Brewing has announced that it will be selling the last 50% of its stake to Heineken International, The Chicago Tribune reports. ...read more ›

by Alexander Frane May 17, 2017
Bulleit is Releasing a Barrel Proof Frontier Whiskey

Bulleit is Releasing a Barrel Proof Frontier Whiskey

Whiskey fans have a new reason to celebrate: Bulleit, for the first time, is releasing a barrel proof bottle of its famous bourbon....read more ›

by Alexander Frane May 9, 2017
Canadian-Produced Gin Recalled for Having Too Much Booze In It

Canadian-Produced Gin Recalled for Having Too Much Booze In It

Last week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a nationwide recall of Bombay Sapphire’s classic London Dry Gin for containing almost double i...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio May 9, 2017
Anheuser-Busch InBev Has Purchased Wicked Weed

Anheuser-Busch InBev Has Purchased Wicked Weed

Anheuser Busch InBev has made its first craft beer purchase of 2017 with Wicked Weed Brewing, which is based out of North Carolina....read more ›

by The Drink Nation May 3, 2017
Things No One Asked For: Prosecco Glitter

Things No One Asked For: Prosecco Glitter

If your summertime gatherings have lost their sparkle, I've got great news for you: there is now a thing called Prosecco Glitter, and no, it's not the...read more ›

by Ryan Hudak May 2, 2017
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close