Apps to Avoid Drunk Texting and Posting

Use these apps to protect yourself from yourself

Woman drinking cocktail in a bar with a smartphone equipped with an app to prevent drunk texting

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Drinking and emailing 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.

Drunk Locker

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 your drunk self 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. 

Drunk Mode

Drunk Mode is a free iOS app that bills itself as both a party app and a safety app. It not only prevents drunk dialing via contact blocking but also includes a feature to help you track down your friends' whereabouts via GPS, should you be separated during a night of revelry. If you lose your wallet or sweater, the app lets you trace all the locations you visited over the course of an evening.

Drunk Mode can also lock out specific contacts for a preset amount of time of up to 12 hours. If you try to disable this feature before time's up, you're presented with a complex math equation to solve.

Drunk Dial NO!

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.

Unsend an Email

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.