Continuous Alcohol Monitoring Tags Coming to Enforce the UK's Sobriety

By Gary Cutlack on at

A system that checks the alcohol level in people's sweat has been ruled a success worthy of pushing out to the wider population, after a trial of a continuous alcohol monitor on people with convictions for booze-related crimes showed it works and can be trusted. Unlike the people it's put on etc etc.

According the the results of a trial as reported under theĀ Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement [PDF], the imposition of "compulsory sobriety" orders on those found to be repeat drunken troublemakers may now go ahead.

This particular trial saw 113 AAMR devices fitted onto people with convictions for bad things done amid a beery haze, with the machines taking around 43 readings per day; readings that track theĀ transdermal alcohol concentration of the wearer by measuring the amount of alcohol in sweat.

The device is an "...innovative and tailored response to alcohol related offending" that is "...filling a gap in sentencing for alcohol related offences committed by non-dependent offenders," according to feedback gathered from the policing community, although some poor forced-sober souls found it "uncomfortable to wear in bed." [Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement [PDF] via Wired]

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