Blood alcohol content gauging apps
A toast: "Here's to the apps that never fail, to measure your BAC and perhaps keep you out of jail. Some do it with zest, some do it better than the rest, some don't do much at all and therefore get ranked low in our AppGuide!" Ok, my toast slipped at bit there at the end, but with these helpful apps hopefully you won't be slipping too much during your next night out. And if you are, you will at least be able to realize you need a ride home. Please note that none of the apps in this review claim to be 100 percent accurate. Please use common sense when drinking and don't drink and drive.
IntelliDrink - BAC Calculator
IntelliDrink is our top essential app in this category. The interface is a lovely purple and is easy to navigate. You can track multiple BACs so if you're keeping track of others, this'll help out tremendously. This app also shows you your BAC illustrated on a graph, lets you know when you'll be sober, and even sends an alert when you reach a certain BAC.
Can I Drive Yet?
Can I Drive Yet? is our other essential app. The interface may not seem very appealing, but it still does what it was made to do with ease. This app lets you create user profiles all containing weight and metabolism information. The main thing that stands out of this app is that it offers information on a variety of BAC legal limits, so you can just simply choose the one that applies to your location. Inputting drinks is simple as well as editing any information about a drink. All in all, this is a great, organized way to keep track of yourself and loved ones.
The app iDrink Smarter is a very in depth, comprehensive BAC app that uses a unique "Green Zone" system that tries to "maximize the positive effects of alcohol" while "reducing the likelihood of experiencing drowsiness, hangovers and impaired judgement." The system uses pop-up notifications and advice on drinking carefully such as "maybe you should walk around a bit" if you have had several drinks in a short time period. It's a solid app that provides you with a lot of good information, but it felt a bit too complicated and cluttered when compared to some of the more streamlined apps mentioned above.
Drink.app - BAC Calculator & Blood Alcohol Content Gage
Drink.app is a great BAC app that offers pretty much the same as all others in this category, but actually looks good doing it. It is easy to use, which is a great thing when you're having a few drinks, and even includes local photos from Flickr in the backgrounds. The drink directory contains over 400 drinks and even displays additional information like calories contained.
Drink Tracker Breathalyzer, while being a bit of misnomer, is still a fairly robust BAC app. It allows you to have different profiles saved but only one profile can be active at any one time. It also contains a lot of good stats on your drinking session, but the interface is too cluttered to be ranked any higher.
Gage – Breathalyzer | BAC Calculator | Blood Alcohol Content Level | Drink Counter | Drunk Test | Drinking Timer | Sobriety Tracker
Gage - Breathalyzer is a decent app that has a very simple, yet powerful user interface. You can track multiple users, but the timer is a bit tricky and drinks are preprogrammed in so it may not be as accurate as other apps of the same category.