Breathalyzers Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Breathalyzers Market is Segmented by Technology (Fuel Cell technology, Semiconductor Oxide Sensor Technology, and Infrared Spectroscopy), Application (Drug Abuse Detection, Alcohol Detection, and Other Applications (Medical Applications, etc.)), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and South America). The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

Breathalyzers Market Size

Breathalyzers Market Summary
Study Period: 2019-2027
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 8.5 %

Major Players

Breathalyzers Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Breathalyzers Market Analysis

The global breathalyzers market was valued at about USD 812.53 million in the current year. It is expected to reach USD 1275.031 million in the forecast year, registering a CAGR of 8.5% during the forecast period.

COVID-19 impacted the breathalyzers market due to the restrictions to checking the spread of infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus in different regions worldwide. The daily routine of the general public was impacted in several ways due to the pandemic, including a ban on travel, closure of bars and restaurants, and closure of other alcohol-selling places. This led to a short-term decline in alcohol consumption, which directly impacted the breathalyzer market. For instance, according to the Europe Economics Report published in April 2021, the overall sale of beer on-trade drastically reduced by 46% to 73 million hectoliters in 2020.

Post-pandemic, the resuming services and opening of restaurants and bars are likely to increase the demand for alcohol, followed by drunk and driving fatalities. According to a report published by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, in January 2022, people were killed in drunken driving-related road accidents, accounting for 3.5% of total road fatalities. It showed an increase in deaths compared to 2021. As the conditions are coming to their pre-pandemic state, alcohol consumption and drunken driving cases are increasing, leading to stricter government enforcement and utilization of breathalyzers. This contributes to overcoming the shortfall that the market faced in early 2020. Thus, the market is currently expected to grow and regain its growth pace over the next 3-4 years.

The increasing alcohol abuse and stringent laws for mandatory alcohol testing are expected to drive market growth. According to CDC, in July 2022, approximately 25% of adults had at least one heavy drinking day in 2021. It also reported 1 in 7 pregnant women (14%) reported consuming alcohol within the past 30 days. The prevalence of drinking during pregnancy was highest in the District of Columbia (73%) and lowest in Utah (30%). Additionally, according to National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, in February 2022, more than 14 million adults have an alcohol-use disorder. People with alcohol-use disease end up with increased chances of getting hurt while driving, swimming, using machinery, or walking in a dangerous area. Thus, the use of breathalyzers by law enforcement officials, as well as those in charge of hazardous area officials, helps them minimize accidents. This will eventually drive the growth of the market.

The other factors that complement the studied market's growth include technological advancements in breathalyzers and collaboration & partnership by market players. For instance, in May 2021, BACtrack launched the BACtrack C8 featuring ZeroLine, the first stand-alone breathalyzer that shows the approximate time to sobriety with every blood alcohol content (BAC) result. Adding this data point to each BAC result considerably impacts health and safety. Such technological advancement is expected to drive market growth over the forecast period.

Thus, the factors such as increasing alcohol abuse and stringent laws for mandatory alcohol testing are driving the growth of the breathalyzers market. However, accuracy issues of the breathalyzers are factors expected to restrain the market growth.

Breathalyzers Industry Segmentation

A breathalyzer is a scientific device used to measure the concentration of alcohol in an individual’s bloodstream. It works by analyzing a person’s breath to detect the level of alcohol that the individual has in their body. 

The Breathalyzers Market is Segmented by Technology (Fuel Cell technology, Semiconductor Oxide Sensor Technology, and Infrared Spectroscopy), Application (Drug Abuse Detection, Alcohol Detection, and Other Applications (Medical Applications, etc.)), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and South America). The market report also covers the estimated market sizes and trends for 17 different countries across major regions globally. The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

By Technology
Fuel Cell Technology
Semiconductor Oxide Sensor Technology
Infrared Spectroscopy
By Application
Drug Abuse Detection
Alcohol Detection
Other Applications (Medical Applications, etc.)
By Geography
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East and Africa
South Africa
Rest of Middle East and Africa
South America
Rest of South America

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Breathalyzers Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Breathalyzers Market according to our research experts:

Fuel Cell Technology Segment Expected to Witness High Growth

Fuel cell technology is anticipated to hold a significant share in the breathalyzers market during the forecast period. This is due to its wide range of advantages, such as the compact size of the device, higher accuracy, longer life, and less requirement of power. According to an article published by Breathalysers Australia in September 2022, a fuel cell breathalyzer sensor can provide consistent and accurate Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) readings from 0.00% to 0.400%. This includes detecting trace amounts of alcohol. Fuel cell sensors are one of the most used breathalyzers in the market to check BAC. Most countries established a legal limit of 0.08 grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood as it is the point at which a driver is considered legally intoxicated. According to the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles handbook, section 26, any driver whose blood alcohol is more than 0.08 is considered inebriated while operating a vehicle and is not permitted to do so. Thus, a constant and accurate BAC reading with fuel cell technology is expected to increase the demand for fuel cell breathalyzers, and thus, drive segmental growth.

The manufacturers are concentrating their efforts on enhancing the features of their available breathalyzer devices by incorporating innovative technology. New product launches in the area will boost the growth of the market segment. For instance, in May 2021, Hanwei Electronics Group Corporation launched three new models of breathalyzers: DZ512, AT200, and AT8070. Such enhancement is supposed to drive the segment's growth.

Therefore, owing to the launch of fuel cell technology-based breathalyzers and the high accuracy and reliability associated with them are expected to complement the growth of the studied market segment over the forecast year.

Breathalyzers Market: Proportion of School Students with a Hazardous Consumption of Alcohol (in Percentage),Sweden, 2021

North America Expected to Dominate the Breathalyzers Market

North America holds a significant market share in the breathalyzers market worldwide, mainly due to the high consumption of alcoholic beverages, stringent laws for mandatory alcohol testing, and increased usage of breathalyzers by law enforcement agencies for alcohol and drug abuse. For instance, in the United States, as per the 2022 report from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than 14 million adults ages 18 and older have alcohol use disorder (AUD), and 1 in 10 children live in a home with a parent who has a drinking problem.

Furthermore, according to an article published by Healthline media in July 2022, law enforcement often uses the breathalyzer test to determine whether someone has been drinking and driving. The results of breathalyzers administered by police are used in court. It is a crime to drive with a BAC level of 0.08% or higher per federal standards. Additionally, under Canada's Criminal Code, drivers who refuse to provide a breath sample to a police officer when pulled over under suspicion of impaired driving can be charged with refusing a demand. Also, Mexico's Mobility and Road laws saw permanent breathalyzers and mandatory driver exams. Thus, the usage of breathalyzers by law enforcement agencies for alcohol and drug abuse is expected to drive the market.

Thus, the factors such as high alcohol abuse and enforcement of laws to check BAC are expected to complement the growth of the regional market.

Breathalyzers Market - Growth by Region

Breathalyzers Industry Overview

The breathalyzers market is moderate in nature due to the presence of several companies operating globally as well as regionally. The competitive landscape includes an analysis of a few international as well as local companies which hold market shares and are well known, including Dragerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, Alcolizer Technology Pty Ltd, BACtrack, Alcohol Countermeasure Systems Corporation, and Intoximeters Inc.

Breathalyzers Market Leaders

  1. Alcohol Countermeasure Systems Corporation

  2. Intoximeters, Inc.

  3. Alcolizer Technology Pty Ltd

  4. BACtrack

  5. Dragerwerk AG & Co. KGaA

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Breathalyzers Market News

  • September 2022: Hound Labs formed a strategic alliance with Quest Diagnostics to establish Quest as the exclusive provider of laboratory services for confirmatory testing of positive breath sample results generated by the HOUND CANNABIS BREATHALYZER, used by employers on location as an objective measure to detect and deter cannabis use during the workday.
  • February 2022: Cannabix Technologies Inc., a developer of marijuana breathalyzer devices for law enforcement and the workplace, launched its version 4.0 THC Breath Analyzer (THCBA) prototype and portable system for field use.

Breathalyzers Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions & Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope Of The Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Stringent Laws for Mandatory Alcohol Testing

      2. 4.2.2 Increasing Alcohol Abuse

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Accuracy Issues of the Breathalyzers

    4. 4.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value – USD Million)

    1. 5.1 By Technology

      1. 5.1.1 Fuel Cell Technology

      2. 5.1.2 Semiconductor Oxide Sensor Technology

      3. 5.1.3 Infrared Spectroscopy

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Drug Abuse Detection

      2. 5.2.2 Alcohol Detection

      3. 5.2.3 Other Applications (Medical Applications, etc.)

    3. 5.3 By Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. South Korea

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Middle East and Africa

        1. GCC

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa

      5. 5.3.5 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Dragerwerk AG & Co. KGaA

      2. 6.1.2 BACtrack

      3. 6.1.3 Quest Diagnostics

      4. 6.1.4 Intoximeters Inc.

      5. 6.1.5 Alcolizer Technology Pty Ltd

      6. 6.1.6 Lifeloc Technologies

      7. 6.1.7 Andatech Pty Ltd

      8. 6.1.8 AlcoPro

      9. 6.1.9 Bedfont Scientific Ltd

      10. 6.1.10 Abbott Laboratories

      11. 6.1.11 Alcohol Countermeasure Systems

      12. 6.1.12 Akers Biosciences Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability
**Competitive Landscape covers- Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies and Recent Developments
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Breathalyzers Market Research FAQs

The Breathalyzers Market is studied from 2019 - 2027.

The Breathalyzers Market is growing at a CAGR of 8.5% over the next 5 years.

The Breathalyzers Market is valued at 812 Million USD in 2019.

The Breathalyzers Market is valued at 1275 Million USD in 2027.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2019-2027.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Alcohol Countermeasure Systems Corporation, Intoximeters, Inc., Alcolizer Technology Pty Ltd, BACtrack, Dragerwerk AG & Co. KGaA are the major companies operating in Breathalyzers Market.

Breathalyzers Industry Report

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