The Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring System (SCRAM), built
by Colorado-based SCRAM Systems, is already in use throughout 48 states
in North America, and is currently being trialled on a voluntary basis
in England and Scotland for those convicted of drunk driving or DUI, San Diego lawyers are read here.
"What we've invented in the States is a trans-dermal monitoring device
that tests a person's perspiration [for alcohol] once every 30 minutes.
It provides 48 tests per day, it goes wherever they go and it provides
accountability, visibility [and] traceability to ensure individuals are
compliant with a court order," says SCRAM Systems spokesman Matthew
Mitchell. "The general philosophy behind it is that if the courts are
going to order something and there's no way to enforce it, then there's
no need to order it in the first place."
Today, SCRAM is used by 18,000 jurisdictions throughout North America,
their central database monitoring the daily alcohol consumption levels
of over 400,000 individuals, and around 400 in the UK.
However, like all preventative methods, the people subjected to the
technology usually very much enjoy what it is they're being prevented
from doing (in this case, drinking). That's led to a wash of online tips
on how to beat the bracelets—some of which I've listed here for you to
THE BEVERLY HILLS COP II
Remember that scene in
Beverly Hills Cop II
where Axel Foley "completes the circuit"
by sliding tinfoil into the alarm system to shut it off, before opening
up a window with a flick knife? I don't know a huge amount about
rewiring alarm systems, but I'm assuming there was a bit of movie magic
at play there.
Mind you, that hasn't stopped people from trialling a similar technique
with the booze bracelets—sliding a piece of foil or plastic between
their skin and the device, and believing for half an hour that they've
outsmarted the system with a method my barely-sentient nephew could draw
Only, once that half hour's up, you'll have a police officer knocking
at your door to find out why SCRAM's database isn't registering any
perspiration readings. No good.
THE SKIN HARVEST
The tag's main anti-tamper mechanism is an infrared beam that
calculates the reflective degree of the surface between you and the tag.
A few anti-SCRAM die-hards suggest harvesting an old blister and
sliding it between your skin and the sensor, covering your sweat glands.
But dead skin dries fast, so ensure you're packing a pipette full of
moisturizer to spritz it up every time it starts to flake into
THE SLEIGHT OF HAM
If blister harvesting sounds like too much work / the most disgusting
waste of time imaginable, you could try something that a number of US
parole officers have actually caught people doing: wedging a slice of
ham under the sensor in an attempt to simulate sweat-free human skin.
"This is much less effective. It more often than not interferes with
the hourly readings the device takes, and we'd notice when we get the
daily report and would definitely contact you," an unnamed officer
told The NY Daily News
, adding: "And it must smell pretty bad when you cram baloney in there."
I guess the lesson from that is, if you're going to give this a go, use
some of that high-end ham from the deli counter so at least you look
mildly classy while you're walking around with meat trimmings stapled to
THE CAT STRAP
You could also try strapping your SCRAM unit to something else, just
like the guy in Cheyenne, Wyoming who attached his ankle tag to his cat.
Unfortunately, this technique wasn't as foolproof as it sounds; the
machine went haywire trying to send the readings back to SCRAM's central
database, alerting those monitoring the technology.
"The machine said, 'I ain't buying this: that's not a human heart,'" Bob Moeller, a subcontractor for Polygraphs Etc,
told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle
So take it from Bob—attaching a device built for humans to a cat is not an effective route to unhindered boozing.
There is one method that's proved to be pretty effective, but I'm not
going to include that here, because—as invasive as they sound—the
bracelets have actually helped law enforcement with one very worthy
cause: the fight against alcohol-related domestic violence.
"Over the past 12 months, we've had tags on about ten individuals,"
says Sergeant Nigel Parr of the Cheshire Police. "And that's been on a
voluntary basis as part of our 'root cause' problem-solving, where
alcohol often plays a major factor in domestic violence."
a 2011/12 study
Britain's Institute of Alcohol Studies, there were 917,000 incidents
where the victims believed the offender (or offenders) to be under the
influence. Of these cases, 280 individuals were killed and 1,290
suffered serious injuries. These stats account for 47 percent of violent
offences committed that year.
"Where alcohol is obviously a major contributing factor towards an
offence, clearly the concept of where David Cameron wants to take it
would be of benefit," says Sergeant Parr. "But it's not just about the
police putting a tag on people. Alcohol-dependent individuals have got
to be supported and mentored by other agencies as well."
So there it is: while they might be a slightly oppressive form of
punishment for people guilty of just getting a bit too pissed on a
Friday night out, they could be very useful in curbing more serious
alcohol-related crimes, like GBH, criminal damage or drink driving.
So the best course of action, if you do find yourself fitted with an
anti-boozing bracelet, is to just keep it on—it'll inevitably help you
out in the long run. And if it's the aesthetic value you're worried
about, don't fret,
Chanel have you covered