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Whether it’s driving to work following a BBQ the night before, doing the school run after a bottle of wine with your partner, or after drinks with friends the previous evening, or during a road trip this Summer, unintentional drink driving the morning after is easier than you might think.  But this should be a thing of the past this year with a nifty little gadget, called the AlcoSense Excel. 

The new AlcoSense Excel is the first breathalyser under £100 to use a smaller version (64mm2) of exactly the same sensor used in several UK Police-approved breathalysers (200mm2), bringing a new level of accuracy and reliability for drivers at this price. 

In addition to giving detailed readings to two decimal places in either blood (‰BAC) or breath (mg/L) alcohol concentrations, the new AlcoSense Excel will alert you when you are close to or over  your set limit. Indeed it will work with any limit worldwide and can be changed between limits simply and easily - ideal if you drive abroad on holiday or between Scotland and England, for example, where different limits apply.

It is also the first breathalyser at this price to feature a full colour screen and intuitive graphic user interface giving on-screen prompts and tips, making it exceptionally easy to use.

"But it’s not just about being under or over the limit. Studies show that if you drive while having only one-eighth of the English drink drive limit in your system (one fifth of the Scottish limit), you are 37% more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than when sober*,” said Hunter Abbott, MD of AlcoSense.  "The only way to tell when you’re safe to drive the morning after the night before is either to abstain completely from drinking alcohol or to use an accurate personal breathalyser. The AlcoSense Excel gives detailed readings all the way up through the range so you can tell exactly when you are clear”.

AlcoSense Excel’s unique slide mechanism keeps the sensor and blow tube receptacle covered when not in use - stopping dust or contaminants from entering the unit.  When slid open, the blow tube receptacle lights up, making it easy to insert a fresh blow tube even on dark mornings. 

All breathalysers (including Police devices) require periodic re-calibration.  The AlcoSense Excel is the first breathalyser, at this price, to feature re-calibration alerts and overload protection.  A re-calibration alert tells you after twelve months that re-calibration is required to ensure your product always remains accurate.  In the rare event that alcohol is blown directly into the sensor by accident, overload protection stops the sensor from overloading and maintains the Excel’s accuracy for future readings, where rival products may suffer temporary or even permanent inaccuracy.  Additional improved accuracy comes in the form of temperature compensation on the device – ideal for the British climate whether it’s below freezing or in the middle of a summer heatwave!

The AlcoSense Excel is particularly aimed at drivers with families who want to stay safe, those who rely on their license for work or play, and who seek reliability and accuracy at an affordable price.

The AlcoSense Excel isn’t just feature rich.  It boasts an award winning functional, clean design that is shared with the AlcoSense Pro and Ultra, winners of the 2016 International Red Dot Award for Outstanding Product Design. 

The new AlcoSense Excel is priced £99.99 online at and in-store and online at 

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Finally, a quick reminder about driving through France. 

To comply with French law, drivers  need to keep an NF Certified Single Use breathalyser in the car with them  This is the only country that requires this.  The Excel and Pro will work with the French limit but to comply with French law, you also need the NF single use breathalyser too.  The single use breathalyser only works with the French limit and AlcoSense is one of only two manufacturers to be approved under NF regulations.  They cost £4.99 for a twin pack.  Of course, if you are not driving through France, you don’t need these.

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