Expert Center

BACtrack is committed to building awareness about far-reaching consequences of alcohol consumption and impaired driving to individuals and the public. 

In our Expert Center, you'll find detailed articles that include current research and information about the latest breathalyzer technologies, the high cost of DUI convictions, factors that affect blood alcohol content (BAC), and a broad range of related topics.


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Time for a Breathalyzer

The High Costs of a DUI

As if the shame and hassle of a drunk driving arrest and conviction aren’t bad enough, a DUI comes with a hefty price tag, too. Your first DUI can cost upwards of $20,000 – and more – even without property damage or anyone harmed.

The purpose of financial penalties for DUI offenses is to deter drunk driving, and little wonder why. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes every day, and roughly one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash during their lifetimes. Read more >

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Understanding BAC

How Many Drinks Does it Take to Reach .08 %BAC?

In an era of heightened awareness about the perils of drinking and driving, the decimal, “.08,” requires no explanation. 

We all know what it means: If your blood alcohol content or concentration (BAC) is .08 or higher, you’re legally impaired and you can be arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI). The testing and measurement of BAC enables law enforcement to objectively estimate the level of a person’s alcohol intoxication. Read More >



Factors that Affect BAC   
Limitations of BAC Calculators & Charts
What is BAC?   


Alcohol & The Body

16 Common Misconceptions about Alcohol

Sometimes our decisions are guided by strange, unknown powers that all too often turn out to be misconceptions we assumed to be true. Following are 16 common misconceptions about alcohol and alcohol consumption, and the reality behind our misconceptions.

Misconception #1: Beer and wine are less intoxicating than mixed drinks. Reality: A standard glass of wine, bottle of beer, or shot of whiskey or other distilled spirits contain equivalent amounts of alcohol. Read More >



Alcohol and Your Health: Moderate Consumption
Alcohol Facts You May Not Know
Short-term Negative Effects Of Alcohol Consumption


DUI Costs & Consequences

Long-term DUI Consequences

Driving under the influence (DUI) is the most common criminal offense in the United States. Many conscientious drivers with otherwise clean records have been arrested for DUI and suddenly found their lives in a dizzying tailspin from which they could not pull out. DUI convictions have major ramifications and some can linger for years. 

Even after you pay your fines and fulfill your legal obligations, your DUI conviction can still undermine your future opportunities and haunt your life for years. Read More >



Understanding DUI and DWI   
The High Costs of a DUI
The Most Dangerous Times on the Road


Choosing a Breathalyzer


How to Choose a Breathalyzer

Breathalyzers have never been more popular. In fact, they have become “must have” devices for many consumers in an age of heightened awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. 

In recent years, many states have enacted tough new laws to deter drinking and driving because of a rising number of injuries and fatalities related to motor vehicle accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers. Read More >


Why Choose Fuel Cell Sensor Technology
Understanding Breathalyzer Sensor Types
Who Needs a Breathalyzer?   


Breathalyzer Fact & Fiction

Can You Trick a Breathalyzer?

Misconceptions persist about what breathalyzers can and can't do. Is it possible to "beat" one in a roadside test? This article separates facts from fiction.

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Are Breathalyzers Accurate?   
Typical BAC Limits Around the World
What is the Highest Recorded %BAC?