May 25, 2010 11:33 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
If an alcohol-monitoring bracelet can keep celebrities like Lindsay Lohan from drinking, some parents might wonder: "Can I get one for my teen?" The answer is no.
For the time being, Denver-based Alcohol Monitoring Systems Inc. only sells the bracelets to the courts, probation officers and others who want to make sure drunken drivers or anyone involved in alcohol-related offenses don't drink again. A California judge slapped one of the devices on Lohan's ankle on Monday.
The bracelet uses the same technology as a breathalyzer, but instead of checking the breath for alcohol, it samples the perspiration on the skin. After alcohol is consumed, it eventually enters the bloodstream and a small amount is expelled through the skin.