Éduc’alcool has launched the most advanced and sophisticated blood-alcohol content (BAC) calculator currently available for iPhone*. The extremely user-friendly application also serves to educate and raise awareness. There really is no other app like it, and it’s available free at the Éduc’alcool website (www.educalcool.qc.ca/en/facts-tips-and-tools/tools/blood-alcohol-calculator) and the Apple App Store (search: Éduc’alcool).
With the BAC calculator, users can calculate their approximate blood-alcohol content, in advance or in real time, based on how much they are drinking or planning to drink. This allows people to control their alcohol intake and make better decisions. The calculator is also a helpful guide and reminder to those who choose to drink. What’s more, the application can handle multiple profiles and monitor the BAC of several people at once.
The easy-to-use app (see instructions below) calculates changing blood-alcohol levels from the first drink until the alcohol has been completely eliminated. It takes into account the drinker’s sex and weight, the number of hours over which the alcohol is absorbed, and the quantity, type of drinks and percentage alcohol being ingested.
When the first drink is entered, a point appears on the graph and the BAC is displayed. The colour will depend on the BAC (under 0.05 = green, between 0.05 and 0.08 = orange, over 0.08 = red).
The Éduc’alcool BAC calculator for iPhone is currently available in French only. An English version will be ready in February 2011.
Éduc’alcool’s goal is to provide Quebecers with a practical, user-friendly tool they can carry with them at all times to help them control their alcohol intake, whether or not they are driving. All the research shows that drivers typically underestimate their blood-alcohol content and that drinkers systematically underestimate the amount they are drinking. Éduc’alcool has developed more than just a BAC calculator. It is also a tool to increase awareness about the importance of drinking moderately and a reminder to drivers to be even more careful before they get behind the wheel.
A number of functions make this revolutionary application truly unique. They include:
- A real-time BAC calculator
- A graph showing changes in BAC
- Multiple users
- One-click links to a variety of transportation options
- Drinking history
- Alerts and badges that notify users, depending on their drinking habits
- Outstanding graphics
- Highly intuitive, user-friendly interface
For example, some badges congratulate people the more they use the calculator. Other badges remind people of how much they are drinking, and offer either congratulations or warnings. Behaviour alerts are also included.
A particularly helpful function is one-click access to Opération Nez rouge, taxi companies, and the location of the nearest bus and metro stops.
It goes without saying that the data is provided for information purposes only and has no legal value. Moreover, Éduc’alcool states clearly that the calculator is NOT intended to help people rationalize how much they can drink before they drive. On the contrary: Éduc’alcool firmly believes that it is better not to drink at all if you are going to drive. Remember that, in Quebec, the legal BAC limit is 0 for drivers who are 21 or younger, and for professional drivers who are transporting other people (e.g. chauffeurs, bus drivers, taxi drivers, etc.).
Éduc’alcool hopes that a maximum number of Quebecers will use the new app to remind them to behave responsibly and remember that moderation is always in good taste.
(*) app has been removed from Google and Apple’s online stores.