Night Clubs are to Test Young Clubbers for Alcohol

Night clubs around the country are cracking down on underage drinking in by asking drinkers to blow into a device called an ‘Alcoblow’ which can detect alcohol on a person’s breath within seconds.  If high levels of alcohol are shown, this will result in the youngsters not being allowed entry into the clubs.

Early in April 2009, the police in South Yorkshire tested the Alcoblow at an event for the under 18’s at Arundel Gate.  The outcome from the breath tests at the O2 Academy resulted in approximately thirty young people being denied entrance into the club.

Police feel that the device is a great tool to aide them with anti social behaviour linked to alcohol and underage drinking.  They also feel that if the Police and the clubs have these devices it will reassure parents that their kids are entering an alcohol free zone where they can be safe.

Night clubs in Sheffield are using the device to breathalyse teenangers attending under-18 events and the Derbyshire Constabulary has recently acquired the Alcoblow where their police officers are carrying the device with them on the streets and recording young people at random.  If a youngster is found to have high levels of alcohol a letter is sent to their parents.  Should the young person receive a high level result on two or more occasions, the police, with the help of the parents, will draw up an anti social behaviour contract.

Many young people try to hide alcohol on their breath or even within soft drink containers they carry with them.  The Alcoblow device claims to be able to detect alcohol by holding the device over the top of the drinks container and is still able to give a result within seconds.

Alcoblow Alcohol Meter

The Alcoblow meter looks a lot like a small torch and costs approximately two hundred pounds.  It is not placed on the lips but is blown directly into and has a series of lights which indicate the level of alcohol.  If the light show as green then no alcohol has been detected, orange shows a low level of alcohol and a red light shows that alcohol is high.

This hygienic and portable hand held device was originally designed for the police to use during road blocks enabling them to rapidly breathalyse drivers they believed to be intoxicated. 

Club owners are being encouraged by the Police to buy these devices for their own use and a spokesperson from the Derbyshire Police said that should the device be effective and successful then it could be extended nationwide.