Alcohol Ankle Bracelets

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Up until her widely publicized arrest on the morning of July 24, 2007, movie star Lindsay Lohan had been wearing a high tech alcohol monitor made in Colorado.

Lohan was arrested in Santa Monica on suspicion of DUI and drug possession, and a few hours before her lawyer was alerted that Lohan had relapsed.

Alcohol Monitoring Systemsrecently developed a way to measure that alcohol as it leaves a drinker's system through a perspiration process.

Their product might be described as a clunky ankle bracelet with tattletale ability. The device is called a SCRAM, which stands for Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor.

The bracelet is typically court-ordered. Once a day, the wearer has to come in contact with a modem, which then uploads the data to a company website.

Critics call it a dranklet. Others prefer "honesty bracelet." According to
the manufacturer, since 2003 the accessory has kept 40,000 people with alcohol problems accountable.

A wearer can't take the anklet off without being busted, but people have been known to tamper with it, according to Iiams, of Alcohol Monitoring Systems.

Some have even gone as far as using a luncheon meat to try and fool the monitor -- trying to slip a slice of baloney between the bracelet and their skin.

Offenders pay a startup fee and about $12 a day to be monitored. It can be worn for months or much longer.