Have scientists discovered a solution to binge drinking?

Everyone has that one friend who never knows when to stop. Well now that friend may just have a solution to their drinking habits. Scientists have created a tattoo that can tell you when you have had too much to drink.

The way they do it is by measuring the alcohol level in your sweat. Once the device that is tattooed on you senses the alcohol content it sends a signal to you phone which tells you if you are too drunk. Source

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This could greatly impact things like drunk driving, alcoholism, and overdosing. Maybe it could no more effective than a friend telling you when to stop. Regardless there should always be a designated driver.

One problem is that even though the tattoo device can tell you when you have had too much, it can not force you to stop. It is ultimately your choice if you want to continue drinking. I think this type of thing would help people who are trying to watch their alcohol consumption, who know they have little self control. However, it could be really expensive to get the device and many people who would benefit from it are in a lower class and may not be able to afford it.

2 thoughts on “Have scientists discovered a solution to binge drinking?

  1. Jordan Crawford

    This is a fun and interesting blog. Penn State is known for having some of the best drinkers out there. Binge drinking is a big problem here in State College. It’s a problem, but at the same time it’s a big money maker for local buisnesses. I can see this device being a good thing, but I can also see it as a bad thing for buisnesses who serve alcohol.

  2. Alexander Roker

    Very interesting! I think it would have been good if you did a little more research and showed for example the mechanism, what is special about the tattoo that makes it possible for it to detect your BAC. Also, how does the tattoo send a message to your phone, is there a chip in your body? I think that if there was a transmitter implanted in your body sending bluetooth signals to your phone, this could have detrimental effects on your health. For example, I remember hearing a lot about the potential for bluetooth signals to cause malignant tumors in years past, though this article shows that studies concerning this phenomenon were inconclusive: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/cellular-phones

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