Alcohol-monitoring wearables track consumption

Today’s young people tend to be more wary of the consequences of alcohol usage and, as such, are increasingly likely to moderate their consumption and even abstain from overindulging altogether. The following next-gen wearables allow modern youth to monitor their alcohol intake, placing the control back in their hands—and their smartphones.


The company BACtrack, responsible for creating portable smartphone and keychain breathalyzers, is moving into the tech wearable space with its blood alcohol monitoring wristband. Skyn continuously monitors its wearer’s transdermal alcohol content, which is determined by measuring the amount of ethanol molecules escaping through a person’s skin. Users can access the data through a smart device app, which can help them to avoid any alcohol-related mishaps like driving drunk. Apple Watch wearers have the option to integrate their watch with the alcohol tracking system by switching out their regular bands for Skyn bands.


The creators of Buzz hope that their wearable technology will help improve the culture of sexual consent for today’s youth, especially those headed off to college. Buzz is a wristband that can monitor a person’s blood alcohol concentration through their skin. The wristband alerts users with flashes and vibrations when they’ve reached certain thresholds of drinking. Buzz can be paired to a smart device to track and save information via a $1 monthly cloud subscription. It can also connect to a social network of users so that trusted friends can receive updates and help monitor each other when drinking.


Engineers at the University of California, San Diego are developing a iontophoretic-biosensing temporary tattoo system—a biosensor patch that tests a person’s alcohol consumption through their sweat. When adhered to the body, the patch stimulates perspiration, which it uses to assess blood alcohol level within eight minutes. The sensor can be paired to a smart device, which allows users direct access to their results. The technology can help wearers determine whether or not they’re too drunk to drive and can be handy for those who are trying to limit their drinking. Health innovations around alcohol monitoring devices could resonate with modern youth who are conscious about how much they consume.