How can I detect alcohol consumption in a body that is easier than getting a urine sample?
Emil learned that a person's breath showed a much better reading of their alcohol consumption percentage than their urine.
I should use a pig skin bladder!
Using a pig's liver he found he could trace alcohol through breath. His discovery led to the creation of the breathalyzer many years later...
Wow! I can trace alcohol from my breath!
Robert Frank Borkenstein 1954
What if I used chemical oxidation and photometry to trace alcohol...
In 1954, Robert Borkenstein needed a way to detect alcohol consumption in his town, to help his force stop drunk driving. He read about Bogen's discoveries and learned about Rolla Harger's drunk o meter. He began experimenting.
I've done it! Now my police force can reinforce and prevent drunk driving!
Borkenstein used his knowledge of chemical oxidation and photometry and created the first breathalyzer!
Ma'am I am going to have to ask you to take a breathalyzer test
The breathalyzer has been improved and used by police forces all around the nation to this day .