Apps to Avoid Drunk Texting and Posting

Use these apps to protect yourself from yourself

Drinking and emailing or texting is not a great combo, especially when you send a regrettable message to an ex or a coworker. In fact, alcohol is often the root cause of some of the most embarrassing texting and social media behavior. Fortunately, there are some apps that can save you from yourself and block you when you're in no condition to communicate.

While it no longer exists, Mail Goggles was an early Gmail Labs tool designed to prevent drunk emailing. When activated, Mail Goggles presented the user with math problems to solve before it would allow emails to be sent.

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Drunk Locker

Drunk Locker app on Google Play

Drunk Locker is a free Android app that is a total solution, allowing you to block Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Gmail, Snapchat, and pretty much any other social media app you may be tempted to use while inebriated. Block shopping apps such as Amazon and PayPal, as well, to stop yourself from binge-buying unnecessary purchases.

Rather than relying on a sobriety field test, Drunk Locker assumes you are an adult who knows in advance that you'll be drinking. Set your own time limits and specify which apps you'd like to block before you go out.

Drunk Locker is an excellent study or work aid, as well. If you know you're going to get distracted by social media, lock yourself out of the online world for a few hours while you concentrate. 

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Drunk Dial NO!

Drunk Dial No app for iOS

Drunk Dial NO! understands that many of us have certain contacts we just wouldn't call or text if we were thinking straight. The $1.99 iOS app hides a contact's phone number and email address for between one and 48 hours. You can block as many contacts as you'd like.

The app even lets you send yourself a message up to 48 hours into the future, cautioning your inebriated self against making a bad mistake.

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Unsend an Email in Gmail

Person "Undo-ing" an email with Gmail

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If you've ever sent an email and then been hit with waves of instant regret, Gmail has your back. Gmail's Undo Send feature is an antidote for hasty emailing. When Undo Send is enabled, you can pause a message from sending for up to 30 seconds after you select Send. This is especially handy for ill-advised and angry emails or even the occasional typo.

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Drunk Mode Keyboard

Drunk Mode Keyboard app for iOS

Drunk Mode Keyboard is a free iOS app that aims to stop you from sending those regrettable messages while inebriated. Set Drunk Mode on for a period of time you specify and your keyboard is disabled. No commenting, texting, emailing, or any other potentially embarrassing communication.

Drunk Mode Keyboard works across all apps; when you're sober, it even has a few fun typing and drawing features you may enjoy.

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