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Breath-test credit card saves boozy shoppers cash.

SHOPPERS may soon be able to take an alcohol breath test by blowing on their credit card - to stop them buying things when they are drunk!

Finance chiefs at supermarket giant Tesco are investigating the revolutionary move to add a breath-test strip to the back of their credit cards.

The breath-test band would warn shoppers if they were too drunk to buy something they might later regret.

The move comes after a survey by Tesco revealed 33 per cent of shoppers admitted they had been so drunk they had 'no recall' of using their card.

The band would work by changing colour to indicate alcohol levels when the owner breathed on it.

If it turned red, it would indicate the shopper was drunk and should avoid making large purchases.

Allan Burns, Head of Lending at Tesco Personal Finance said: "With the technology that exists we could add a breathalyser strip to our credit cards.

"We have a team working on the idea. But we have to make sure it is safe and the security of the cards is not compromised."

A third of 3,000 people who took part in the poll admitted they had bought something they regretted after having a few boozy drinks.

One businessman revealed he tried to impress his boss by asking for a bottle of the restaurant's best wine at pounds 300. And a groom on his stag night bought pounds 500 worth of chips at a casino, before losing the lot on three spins of a roulette wheel.

Welsh shopper Louise Coombes said she thought the new credit cards would be a great idea.

"That sounds a brilliant idea. I think we've all bought something a bit silly when we're under the influence.

"I once spent the afternoon at a pub and then decided I just had to have a pair of shoes in a sale, even though they weren't even my size.

"I think I'd probably find myself using it all the time!"

And Duncan Williams, from Pontypridd, was also impressed with the idea.

He said: "Anything that might stop my missus spending money sounds a good idea to me."
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 19, 2003
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