Breathalyzers Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Breathalyzers Market is Segmented by Technology (Fuel Cell technology, Semiconductor Oxide Sensor Technology, Infrared Spectroscopy), Application (Drug Abuse Detection, Alcohol Detection, Other Applications), 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.

Market Snapshot

breathalyzers market
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 8.5 %

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Market Overview

The global breathalyzers market was valued at USD 757.8 million in 2020, and it is expected to reach USD 1,217.7 million by 2026, registering a CAGR of 8.5% during the forecast period.

The COVID-19 had impacted the breathalyzers market due to the restrictions put in place to check the spread of infection due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus in different regions around the world because of which the daily routine of the general public was impacted in several ways which include a ban on travel, closure of bars and restaurants, no visit to friends or relatives' places and closure of other alcohol selling places lead to short term decline in the alcohol consumption which directly impacted the breathalyzer market. Also, the decline in the sales of alcohol and related beverages around the world indirectly impacted the breathalyzer market for a short period of time. For instance, according to the Europe Economics report published in April 2021, the overall sale of beer on-trade was drastically reduced by 46% to 73 million hectoliters in 2020 from 126 million hectoliters in 2019.

The rising use of alcohol and prevalence of alcohol related crimes and abuses around the world have led to more stringent legislations for the necessary testing of alcohol levels by different governments around the world. It is a major factor for the widespread use of breathalyzers, and it is likely to be responsible for the further growth of the market as many countries still lack proper regulatory laws against alcohol and its abuse. For instance, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health’s 2019 report, in the United States, 85.6% of people of age 18 years and more reported that they drank alcohol at some point in their life.

Other factors which will complement the growth of the studied market includes technological advancements of breath analyzers, rise in availability of forbidden drugs, increase in emphasis on workplace screening, and use of breathalyzers in the detection of chronic and infectious diseases. For instance, in September 2020, Hound Labs, Inc., launched the Hound COVID-19 Breathalyzers, one of the world’s first portable breathalyzer to capture SARS-CoV-2 virus in breath of human test subjects. Hound Labs first successfully used the HOUND COVID-19 Breathalyzers with hospitalized patients.

However, accuracy issue of the breathalyzer devices is the major drawback which affects the growth of the studied market due to which. Also, in some regions of the world, alcohol test from the breathalyzer is not admissible in the court of law due to its inaccuracy even if the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol, which can also impact the growth of the breathalyzers market around the world. For example, as per the news by Car and Driver in January 2020, about 52 drunk driving cases of Michigan State Police of the United States were came under scrutiny due to the flaw in the maintenance of breathalyzers which was very common across the country.

Scope of the Report

As per the scope of the report, a breathalyzer is a scientific device that is used to measure the concentration of alcohol in an individual’s bloodstream. The breathalyzer works by analyzing a person’s breath to detect the level of alcohol that the individual has in his or her body. As an individual drinks an alcoholic beverage, the alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream through the mouth, throat, intestines, and stomach. When the blood moves through the lungs, alcohol from the blood is passed into the air sacs and breathed out. Therefore, it gives quick and accurate blood alcohol content, and these devices are portable and handy to use. The Breathalyzers Market is Segmented by Technology (Fuel Cell technology, Semiconductor Oxide Sensor Technology, Infrared Spectroscopy), Application (Drug Abuse Detection, Alcohol Detection, Other Applications), 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.

By Technology
Fuel Cell Technology
Semiconductor Oxide Sensor Technology
Infrared Spectroscopy
By Application
Drug Abuse Detection
Alcohol Detection
Other Applications (Medical Applications etc.)
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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Key Market Trends

Fuel Cell Technology is Expected to Hold Major Share in the Breathalyzers Market During the Forecast Period

Fuel cell technology is anticipated to hold the major market share in the breathalyzers market during the forecast period owing to its wide range of advantages over other types of devices such as the compact size of the device, higher accuracy, longer life, and less requirement of the power. <Fuel cell sensors are one of the most used breathalyzers in the market currently. The fuel cell technology is based on an electrochemical process that oxidizes the alcohol in a breath sample and produces an electrical current that the breathalyzer measures to determine the blood alcohol content (BAC). Also, fuel cell technology devices are available in handheld devices which provides an edge over other devices.

The major factor for the preference of fuel cell technology-based breathalyzers is the high accuracy and reliability as compared to others. For instance, the research article titled “Fuel-cell breathalyzer use for field research on alcohol intoxication: an independent psychometric evaluation” published in March 2018, concluded that the portable fuel cell breathalyzers are reliable and valid instruments for research designs requiring quick alcohol intoxication estimations in large populations. Additionally, the manufacturers are concentrating their efforts towards enhancing the features of their available breathalyzer devices by incorporating innovative technology, and new product launches in the area will boost the growth of the market. For instance, in July 2021, Lifeloc Technologies Inc. announced the launch of two fuel cell based handheld breathalyzers LT7 and LX9. Thus, the above-mentioned factors will complement the growth of the studied market.


North America is Expected to Dominate the Breathalyzers Market During the Forecast Period

North America holds a major market share in the breathalyzers market around the around mainly due to the high consumption of alcohol and related beverages, stringent laws for mandatory alcohol testing, and high usage of breathalyzers by the law enforcement agencies for the alcohol and drug abuse in the region.

In North America, the United States is the largest market for breathalyzers devices and is expected to show the same trend over the forecast period. The major reason behind this is the stringent alcohol testing laws due to the high consumption rate of alcohol in the country and increasing cases of binge drinking along with the crimes associated with the alcohol such as drug abuse and drunk and drive cases. For example, in the United States, as per the 2019 report from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 4.5 million people of age 12 to 20 admitted their engagement in binge drinking in the previous month which accounts for about 11.1% of the total young people aged 12-20 in which 10.4% were male and 11.8% were female. Additionally, the technological advancements by the key market players in the region will also boost the growth of the market. In May 2021, BACtrack launched BACtrack C8 featuring ZeroLine, the first stand-alone breathalyzer ever to display an estimated time to sobriety with every blood alcohol content (BAC) result. Integrating this additional data point into each BAC result has an enormous impact on health and safety. Thus, owing to rising launches of new products, the market studied is expected to have a significant share in the studied market.


Competitive Landscape

The breathalyzers market is moderately competitive and most of the companies present in the market are efficient at the technological front but require significant support for enhancing their services and expanding their businesses from the respective governments around the world in terms of the use of breathalyzers. Also, mergers and acquisitions offer significant opportunities to gain the attention of many providers across developed regions. The key players in the studied market include Dragerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, Alcolizer Technology Pty Ltd, BACtrack, Alcohol Countermeasure Systems Corporation, Intoximeters, Inc. among others.

Recent Developments

In February 2021, Indonesia deploys a breathalyzer to tests for COVID-19 patients at the train station. The Breathalyzer, called GeNose, was developed by the University of Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta and can detect COVID-19 from body tissues with efficiently up to 95% accuracy.

In June 2020, OLYTHE announced the launch of a predictive alcohol e-breathalyzer in 30 European countries and is based on miniaturized infrared technology.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and 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 Porters Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    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 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

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Competitive Landscape covers- Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies and Recent Developments

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Breathalyzers Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

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

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

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

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