Alcohol and drug testing is conducted using urine, saliva, and breath samples to screen drugs including amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines, opiates, nicotine, and alcohol. Alcohol breathalyzer are highly used by the law enforcement agencies, and are also marketed to consumers from the pharmacies and motoring stores, to test safety and avoid the consequences of driving while intoxicated.
The factors driving growth of the alcohol breathalyzer and drug testing equipment market include increasing burden of alcohol consumption and innovations by the market players to provide simple options in detection of alcohol levels. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 2012, an estimated 5.1% of the burden of disease and injury worldwide accounting for 139 million disability-adjusted life-years was attributable to alcohol consumption. NIAAA also stated that alcohol misuse was the fifth leading risk factor for premature death and disability in 2010, worldwide and around 25 percent of the total deaths in the age group 20-39 years are attributed to alcohol consumption. However, restricted efficiency of the devices and lack of convenience to the officials and the people to be tested owing to larger size of the drug testing equipment are the factors hindering market growth.
Increasing number of road accidents due to drink and drive cases is driving growth of the alcohol breathalyzer and drug testing equipment market
Major risk factor for traffic collisions is alcohol consumption. Therefore, setting blood alcohol limits using alcohol breathalyzer and drug testing equipment is effective in reducing road crashes. For instance, according to the survey conducted by University of Oxford, 2014, Road Traffic Collisions (RTCs) are the second leading cause of death worldwide among people aged 5–29 years. Furthermore, an estimated 1.2 million deaths are reported annually, out of which around 5.9% of all deaths are caused due to alcohol consumption. Moreover, the survey also reported that alcohol consumption is a major factor influencing the severity of RTCs and is linked with 17–40% of RTCs worldwide. Increasing prevalence of drug abuse in the workplace have encouraged employers to introduce alcohol and drug testing policy, which ensures safety at workplace by promoting healthy working environment, this in turn is propelling demand for alcohol breathalyzer and drug testing equipment.
Major players operating in the global alcohol breathalyzer and drug testing equipment market include Dragerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, Quest Products, Inc., Intoximeters, Lion Laboratories Ltd., C4 Development Ltd., Alere, Inc., Lifeloc Technologies, BACtrack, Securetec Detektions-Systeme AG, and Andatech Private Ltd.