Breathalyzer Market

Breathalyzer Market Analysis, By Technology (Fuel Cell Technology, Semiconductor Sensors, Infrared Spectroscopy), By Application (Breathalyzers for Alcohol Detection, Breathalyzers for Diagnosing Asthma, Others), By End-User & By Region Forecast, 2021-2031

Analysis of Breathalyzer market covering 30+ countries including analysis of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, GCC countries, Japan, Korea and many more

Breathalyzer Market Outlook

The global breathalyzer market was valued at around US$ 760 Million in 2020, which amounts to around 13% share of the overall drug testing market.

Sales of breathalyzers are slated to accelerate at a steady CAGR of 8% to top US$ 1.7 Bn by 2031. Demand for fuel cell technology in breathalyzers is set to increase at a CAGR of 6% across the assessment period of 2021 to 2031.

Report Attributes


Market Size Value in 2020 US$ 760 Million
Market Forecast Value for 2031 US$ 1.7 Billion
Global Growth Rate 8% CAGR
Share of Top 5 Companies 40%

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Revenue Analysis of Breathalyzers from 2016-2020 Vs Market Outlook for 2021 to 2031

As per Fact.MR, a market research and competitive intelligence provider, the global market for breathalyzers was valued at US$ 760 Mn in 2020.

Breathalyzers are quick and easy to use and they provide an accurate way of determining blood alcohol concentration (BAC testing). The dynamic factor boosting sales of breathalyzers is considered to be increasing stringent regulations across the world for alcohol breath testing while driving.

Furthermore, rising alcohol and drug abuse, as well as increased drug testing awareness, are expected to drive demand for BAC testers as well as drug abuse testing equipment. Demand for personal portable breathalyzers to keep alcohol levels within normal limits is expected to drive the growth of the global breathalyzer market.

Rise in per capita income, rapid urbanization, and increasing adoption of innovative technology for breath testing purposes are fueling the sales of top-selling breathalyzer devices.

All of these factors are expected to drive the market at 8% CAGR across 2021 to 2031.

Which are the Growth Determinants for the Market of Breathalyzers?

Demand for breathalyzers has been on a perpetual rise on account of increasing instances of alcohol abuse. The government of various countries have regulated stringent laws to prevent the number of road mishaps and ensure the seamlessness of traffic, which is expected to fuel the demand for drug abuse detection breathalyzers, remote breathalyzers, and point-of-care breathalyzers.

In addition to alcohol detection, alcohol breathalyzers are also used in diagnosing asthma, tuberculosis, and pylori infection detection. As a result, breathalyzers are witnessing a proliferated rate of adoption in medical settings and diagnostic centers.

Breathalyzer manufacturers are also targeting opportunities arising for drug detection. Using breathalyzers for drug detection can pave the way for further adoption and drive market growth for drug abuse detection breathalyzers.

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What Barriers are being Faced by Breathalyzer Manufacturers?

Uncertainty over the accuracy of the results displayed by the breathalyzers, on account of their inability to distinguish alcohol from other chemical compounds consisting of a methyl group structure is anticipated to dampen the growth of the point-of-care breathalyzer market.

Alcohol breath testing is frowned upon in the workplace since it is perceived as a violation of privacy. Another stumbling block to the widespread usage of alcohol breathalyzers is the lack of hygienic conditions for their use.

Which is the Most Profitable Regional Market for Breathalyzer Manufacturers?

North America remains at the forefront of global demand for breathalyzers. Promising growth of the North American market can be attributed to the burgeoning demand for electronic breathalyzers, cannabis breathalyzers, and portable breathalyzers in the region. Revenue in the North American region will grow 1.3X by 2031.

Law enforcement agencies frequently use breathalyzers to detect alcohol and drug abuse this factor fuels the demand for alcohol breathalyzers and drug testing breathalyzers in the region.

Furthermore, the presence of key companies with a large market share is another factor fueling the sales of remote breathalyzers and point-of-care breathalyzers in the region.

High awareness of the benefits of breathalyzers and growing use of breathalyzers in the detection of chronic and infectious diseases driving the market growth.

Growing demand for active breathalyzers in Canada, rising sales of breathalyzer devices in Germany, increasing usage of passive breathalyzers in the U.K, and rising demand for home setting breathalyzers in France and Spain are all making a significant contribution to global market growth prospects for breathalyzers.

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Country-wise Analysis

What is the Demand Outlook for Breathalyzers in the U.S.?

The U.S. breathalyzer market is the largest market in North America and is expected to increase 1.8X by 2031.

In the U.S., according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's 2019 report, around 4.5 Mn people of age 12 to 20 admitted to alcoholism in the previous month, accounting for around 11.1% of all young people aged 12 to 20, with 10.4% males and 11.8% females.

Strict alcohol testing laws due to high alcohol consumption rate and rising cases of excessive drinking in the country as well as alcohol-related crimes like drug abuse and drunk driving is expected to fuel the sales of cannabis breathalyzers, portable breathalyzers, and pocket breathalyzers and create a favorable environment for the growth of the global breathalyzer market in 2021.

How Lucrative is the Market for Breathalyzer Suppliers in China?

The market in China is expected to grow at a high rate because of increasing initiatives by the government to reduce road accidents caused by rising alcohol consumption and growing demand for breathalyzers from government agencies

Rising new product launches, increasing research on the medical applications of breathalyzers, and development of advanced BAC testers are major drivers for smart breathalyzer market growth in China.

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Will Active Breathalyzers Gain More Popularity Over Passive Breathalyzers?

There has been a rise in demand for active breathalyzers as compared to the demand for passive breathalyzers, on account of their efficiency in law enforcement applications. In addition to this, active breathalyzers offer ease of operability, which is further fueling their adoption rate across the world.

Why is Fuel Cell Technology in Such High Demand for Breathalyzers?

Demand for fuel cell technology is expected to increase by 2.2X over the forecast period. Fuel cell technology is more favored over semiconductor sensor technology, on account of its portability, alcohol specificity, and accuracy.

Fuel cell technology is the most widely used technology in alcohol monitoring systems. Fuel cell sensors are designed to detect alcohol specifically and do not require additional sensors.

Demand for hand-held analyzers is rising, thanks to advances in fuel cell technology and the benefits that come with it. The fuel cell technology works by oxidizing the alcohol in a breath sample and producing an electrical current, which the blood alcohol tester measures to determine the blood alcohol content (BAC).

All these factors are contributing to the growth of the breathalyzer devices market.

Why is Demand for Breathalyzers Highest from Law Enforcement Agencies?

Adoption of breathalyzers in law enforcement is being driven by strict safety laws against DUI and the growing scale of screening and breath testing.

Rising trends of alcohol consumption in parallel to the growing number of cars used as the primary mode of transportation have resulted in a large number of road accidents. As a result, surging demand for blood alcohol testers from the government agencies is projected to positively impact the market growth.

According to U.S. law, individuals with a BrAC level of 0.08% and over are prosecuted. In such cases, breathalyzers are used as crucial evidence for criminal trials. In addition to alcohol, there is a notable increase in the proclivity of individuals for drugs consumption. As a result, manufacturers of drug testing breathalyzers have been endeavoring towards enhancing the functionality of their products to detect cases of drug abuse.

Breathalyzers also find their applications in the medical field. Surging demand for breathalyzers from enterprises, home setting breathalyzers, hospital settings breathalyzers, and diagnostic centers breathalyzers. This paves way for the growth of the market.

Demand for pocket breathalyzers and personal breathalyzers by the government agencies has risen as law enforcement officers focus on strictly enforcing the "do not mix drink and drive" motto.

COVID-19 Impact on Industry

During the COVID-19 crisis, the global breathalyzer market size experienced a downturn as most economic activities were halted.

Due to a halt in production units and a delay in the supply chain, most major revenue-generating end-users of breathalyzers were impacted, resulting in a decline in sales of alcohol breathalyzers, drug testing breathalyzer devices, and electronic breathalyzers. For a short time, global decline in sales of alcohol and related beverages had an indirect impact on sales of disease detection breathalyzers.

However, as soon as restrictions were reduced, growing use of breathalyzers in the detection of chronic and infectious diseases has fueled demand for technologically advanced breathalyzers all over the world and paved the way for opportunities for leading breathalyzer market players in 2021.

Competitive Landscape

Manufacturers of breathalyzers are concentrating their R&D efforts on new product development to expand their product portfolio in the global electronic breathalyzer market.

Partnerships and collaborations are two of the most common strategies used by industry players to expand their market share.

  • Intoximeters, INC. developed a breathalyzer, Alco Sensor IV, which provides an accurate and economical method of determining the blood alcohol concentration (BAC testing). The device is easily accessible and is developed using integrated fuel cell technology. The device is extensively used by law enforcement bodies as a preliminary breathalyzer.

Breathalyzer Industry Report Scope



Forecast Period 2021-2031
Key Regions Covered
  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East Africa
Key Market Segments Covered
  • Technology
  • Application
  • End User
  • Region
Key Companies Profiled
  • Technology
  • Application
  • End User
  • Region
Key Companies Profiled
  • Dragerwerk AG & Co. KGaA
  • BACtrack
  • Quest Diagnostics
  • Intoximeters, Inc.
  • Alcolizer Technology Pty Ltd
  • Lifeloc Technologies
  • Andatech Pty Ltd
  • AlcoPro
  • Bedfont Scientific Ltd
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Alcohol Countermeasure Systems
  • Tobii Dynavox
  • Saltillo Corporation
  • Lingraphica

Key Segments Covered in Breathalyzer Industry Research

  • Technology

    • Fuel Cell Technology
    • Semiconductor Sensors
    • Infrared Spectroscopy
  • Application

    • Alcohol Detection
    • Diagnosing Asthma
    • Diagnosing Tuberculosis
    • Pylori Infection Detection
    • Drug Abuse Detection
    • Disease Detection
    • Others
      • Remote Breathalyzers
      • Cannabis Breathalyzers
      • Portable Breathalyzers
      • Pocket Breathalyzers
  • End User

    • Enterprises
    • Home Setting Breathalyzers
    • Hospital Setting Breathalyzers
    • Diagnostic Center Breathalyzers
    • Government Agencies
    • Law Enforcement Agencies

- FAQs -

What is the current market worth for breathalyzers?

The global market for breathalyzers is currently worth more than US$ 760 Mn.

Over the last 5 years, at what CAGR did the market expand?

From 2016-2020, market CAGR was around 4% for breathalyzers.

What are the key trends likely to influence sales of breathalyzers?

Stringent government regulations and increasing use of breathalyzers in detecting various diseases are key trends that are driving sales.

What is the market outlook for breathalyzers in Canada?

Sales of breathalyzers in Canada are forecasted to reach over US$ 380 Mn by 2031.

Who are the prominent manufacturers of breathalyzers?

Key players operating in this space are Dragerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, BACtrack, Quest Diagnostics, Intoximeters, Inc., and Alcolizer Technology Pty Ltd.

Which region is the most attractive for vendors in the market?

With 40% share, North America will largely contribute to the growth of breathalyzer revenue.

How lucrative is the opportunity for expansion in Germany?

Breathalyzer sales in Germany are expected to rise at a CAGR of 4% over the forecast period of 2021 to 2031.

Which technology is most popular in breathalyzers?

Fuel cell technology accounts for a share of 50% in the market.

Which are the top 5 countries driving demand for breathalyzers?

The U.S., China, U.K, Germany, and France are expected to drive most of the demand for breathalyzers.

What is the predicted expansion rate for the market over the next ten years?

The global market is expected to surge at a CAGR of 8% over the decade.

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