Mobility

I just knew it: Holiday Party Sobriety Test app

Yes, it's here: a mobile app that is built to keep you from drunkenly embarrassing yourself at the company holiday party.

Now that Twitter offers us yet another way to embarrass ourselves to a potentially large group of people, it only makes sense that there would be a need for a mobile app that might help us curb that tendency.

And there is: TDA and Webroot launched the Holiday Party Sobriety Test, a free mobile app for Android and iPhone devices, that is designed to save us all from our inebriated selves. They claim that the app was created to keep us out of trouble and that it "provides a series of sobriety tests that can be taken right at the party. Failure of any of the tests triggers a warning to dial it down for the rest of the evening."

Readers of this blog know how I feel about mobile apps attempting to replace common sense, but if something like this keeps you from drunkenly posting on Facebook a picture of yourself doing shots on the boss's desk at the office party, then, by all means, download it.

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42 comments
a69grunt
a69grunt

What happens at an office party is insignificant compared to what may happen when those who have consumed too much alcohol attempt to drive home. If the inebriated wipe themselves out in an accident, stiff sh*t to them. But having been in the Fire and Rescue service for 24 years, I can tell you that a greater number of innocent motorists are injured or killed by these irresponsible bone-heads than the bone-heads themselves.

chris.leeworthy
chris.leeworthy

Would be to tie the sobriety tests to the lock screen. At least it would put a stop to drunken texting, tweeting, and phone calls. Although... It seems a shame to kill such a rich source of comedy ;-)

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Seriously, although I don't recall the details. When the genie in the bottle grants me three wishes, one will be the elimination of the alcohol as a bi-product of the biological processing of sugar. (Another will be the human ability to place 'faith' in that which cannot be demonstrated or proved.)

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

just nausea and diarrhea. After all, ethanol is a versatile disinfectant, not to mention an increasingly important fuel : In Finland we can now only buy gasoline with added ethanol : 10% for the 95 octane, 5% for the 98. If people would just quit chugging the stuff, the prices would go down for these proper uses :D

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

that the brewery industry association (!) made a sobriety campaign a few years ago with the name : You're an ass hole when you're drunk! It was illustrated with posters like this one: http: //is13.snstatic.fi/kuvat/kannissa-olet-aalio/img-1288334140343 .jpg (remove the 2 space to reconstitute link - it won't post otherwise). Effective communication...

kleigh01
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The way to handle alcohol at company holiday parties is simplistic, but apparently difficult for people to do. The strategy is not to drink at all, while appearing to drink moderately. This can be achieved by executing the following steps: 1. Get one drink at the bar. 2. Carry it around with you during the entire party, not drinking it.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I get a diet cola and don't give a reindeer doot what other people think.

acarvaja
acarvaja

Imagine, the person who developed the app most be in AA trying to prevent catastrophic incidents; as he/she has heard over the time and why not you going to keep doing it might as well help you a bit to the point that you don't remember anything.

CharlieSpencer
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:D

acarvaja
acarvaja

When you mention it I went called a couple of girlfriends and I hit the road. We ran the app in three different phones, now I have a headache and the girl that drove she doesn't want to wake up. What a shame, I thought you had used the app and was good. Sorry didn't help!

blair.howze
blair.howze

Is a watch that doubles as a blood alcohol content tester. An alarm goes off when you go over a pre-set limit (you can choose the limit of dui or when your mouth starts to runneth o'er). I guess you would also need an algorthim to estimate peak BAC based on your parameters. Whoever made it would be out of business within a year, though. Someone would depend on it to get them home after the party w/o getting a dui and would kill a busload of nuns or something. The made-for-tv movie could be called "When lawyers attack!!!".

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

There are already devices that attach to a car's ignition that check BAC before the car will start. They're often mandated by court order for those who have several DUI convictions. They're not cheap.

blair.howze
blair.howze

For the most part they aren't cheap because of the liability and that it is a mandated program. There is no incentive for the companies providing the service to reduce charges because someone is being told they have to pay whatever price is quoted -no matter the price-. There is an argument to be made that it shouldn't be cheap - there is a lesson being taught after all. That is beside the point, though. The actual hardware is pretty inexpensive and pretty hardy. It is in an inhospitable environment without environmental controls and in a vibration-prone mounting. The real cost is the consumables, which are paid by the users. Directly reading BAC through the back of a watch or with a pinprick type reader ala diabetes testers might be messy, and certainly would need to run through numerous trials. It might be very expensive to get to market, come to think of it.

realvarezm
realvarezm

Drunk or worst wasted, i've seen people so wasted that they pee on their clothes and if the phone was on one of the pant pockets their goes the phone with the useless app.

premiertechnologist
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I'm retired. I don't have a cell phone which could run such apps. No one invites me to anything anymore and I've not heard from one person I used to work with. I don't drink. This is a win-win for me and the HR person I met randomly at a restaurant last week told me that she is jealous of me. And I'm having great fun pursuing the technologies I never had time for while being a wage slave and disrupted by people like the IT Director whose last words to me were "I don't know what I am doing". Happy holidays. Stay safe. And, for heaven's sake, don't pay good money for useless apps.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

"I don't drink" I don't either, and avoid situations where others will do so excessively.

GSG
GSG

I don't drink either. Mostly because I find the taste absolutely revolting. It's enlightening to be out with people, and count how many come up to me and say, "Why aren't you having fun?" Me - "What do you mean? I'm having a great time!" Them- "You can't be... You aren't drinking!" If you equate the ability to have fun with drinking, then you have a real problem.

CharlieSpencer
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If you're wasted enough that you could make an employment-endangering ass of yourself, you're probably too far gone to remember to check that app.

kleigh01
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You are quite right Palmetto and that is the fatal flaw of the app. The only way it would work is if one of your friends uses it on you, and your friends don't need the app as they can tell you are too drunk by looking at you, hearing you, smelling you, etc.

AnsuGisalas
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It's connects to a taser-like device with what appears to be headphones, and presto: Once the app detects undesireable behaviour the electric shock to the sides of the skull neatly handles the problem. The embarrassing drunkenness "turns out" to be a symptom of an unfortunate neurological disorder, complete with spasmodic seizures and unconsciousness. :D

GSG
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Someone spent time creating this app? OK, I agree that some people have to be told not to drink to excess, but I've found that if you have to be told not to drink to excess, you will also ignore any attempts to stop you from drinking to excess. Let's have a little personal responsibility instead. If you are going to an office party, you are essentially "at work", and unless drinking is allowed at your workplace during working hours, you should abstain. If you feel uncomfortable abstaining, though I don't understand why anyone would, then drink some gingerale with a lime wedge and don't make a big deal of what you're drinking. And while you're at it, since you're sober, you'll have the coordination to take video of the idiots who are drinking. I see opportunity for blackmail.

rastr
rastr

That's exactly what getting drunk provides, ensuring you have "little personal responsibility". To many people, drinking is part of having fun and you're there to have fun. Instead, trade your keys for a hand-stamp that gives you access to the bar, and pass the test to get your keys back.

AnsuGisalas
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It's like driving to get a speeding ticket. or Dating to get an STD or Eating to become obese. No. those don't make sense, either.

anne1954
anne1954

If you could have it disable texting and facebook and twitter posting when you fail the tests, then you would have something. Just like the app that won't let you call certain numbers (that you select when you are sober) if you don't pass a sobriety test.

LNMagic
LNMagic

I took a look at the webpage, and it also installs quickly and easily in Firefox. I think that should be included in the article, which only mentioned the two major phone families.

Slayer_
Slayer_

Doesn't seem to be working :(

cory.schultze
cory.schultze

...I knew about this last week! Although to my own amazement, I was not in need of the chat-up app. SCORE! As a result (and what a result), I had plenty of rib from the lads before the meal...

blair.howze
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Sounds like someone was in need of the drunk test app...

tommy
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We had our annual office shin-dig last week, and there were many who could have used this little gadget. Never mind. It was perfectly possible to tell who was completely blasted and who was slacking off in order to maintain some degree of dignity without such a device, so I have to agree with mark16_15 really. It sounds more like an opportunity for further sporting endeavours then a timely reminder that enough was enough. As Dean Martin put it, "You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on." I'm not sure they make an app' for that though.

Tadd Peake
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The funny thing is, Dean Martin was a teetotaler. 'S true.

mmathewson
mmathewson

That I may end up having way too much fun driving the drunk train to run the test until it's too late.

da philster
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I suspect that these days, a lot of party goers would be too busy texting to get any serious drinking done. Cheers!

mark16_15
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This sounds like a fun drinking game LMAO!

afedwin
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... let me know how I'm doing as I chat up a girl. Should let me know if I'm skidding off, or right on track....lol!

Slayer_
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But it would have to be written by a women, or it would never work right...

cory.schultze
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I think as experienced men, we can safely assume that all women are interested in science and technology, that pets in hats are not cute, maternal news is banal news, emotions are pointless and nothing says "get 'yer coat" like "You've got great bewbs". It's simply a case of process of elimination before the eventual acceptance. No?

cory.schultze
cory.schultze

I'll wait for the cyborg version, it'll be a bit fleshier. Don't worry JessieMae, my comment was pure sarcasm. We men are nothing like that. Mostly. OK, maybe the pets in hats thing is true...

jessiemae
jessiemae

I guess u will be first in line for robot girlfriend

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