When you know you’re going to be having a super fun night out drinking (like tonight for New Year’s eve), the Lapka BAM breath alcohol monitor should be your companion. Small and light enough to fit in your pocket your clutch, the BAM’s black sleek exterior looks better than most devices. With its ceramic case, the small cylinder breathalyzer fits into the palm of your hand, which doubles as the device’s mouthpiece. Simply blow in your clenched hand so that it will calculate your BAC. Its app for your iOS or Android smartphone will give you the info via audio signal so there’s no need for parking or synchronization.
Besides your BAC, the app will also provide you with a description of what that BAC level means in practical terms, i.e. telling you that your’e being too loud or that your reflexes are now impaired. You can also choose to have an email sent to you the next day with a full report of the night’s previous events, letting you know where you were at all times and how drunk you got. The breathalyzer is a great tool for letting you know how all those beers and vodka tonics will affect your body. So as your BAC increases, the app will change and update itself so that’s it’s easy to read and use once you’re practically seeing double. One charge of its battery is usually good for up to two or three months of use, depending on how much you use it. For $200, it may save you from a very expensive DUI, total embarrassment with your friends if you’re getting too drunk and even worse.
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.