UAlbany researchers developing sweat-based alcohol test

WNYT Staff
Created: December 20, 2019 10:37 PM

ALBANY - New research conducted at the University at Albany could someday change how police test drivers for sobriety.  

Instead of a breath test - which is sometimes inaccurate, police could use a test strip to find the alcohol content in your sweat.


Professor Jan Halamek and his students are working on a prototype.

The strip is placed on the skin and if it changes color, that shows the presence of alcohol.

The "secret" is the enzymes that interact with the sweat.  

It even works on people who are unconscious - which could help in an emergency.

Researchers are now looking for investors to bring this technology to the marketplace, and someday to law enforcement.

Learn about one of the tests done so far, by watching the video of the story.

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