To dissuade kids from drinking on school grounds or at school-sponsored events, some administrators are employing a new type of handheld computerized device: portable alcohol testers.

The latest devices, which are much smaller than the typical Breath-alyzers housed in police departments, can test for alcohol on students' breath or even detect its presence using a special sensor that can be scanned across the top of open containers.

School administrators say the palm-sized technology tools provide a safe, convenient, and less obtrusive method for testing students under suspicion of drinking at...

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