Good afternoon, Stackers! It’s Thursday, and you know what that means – the work week is almost done and it’s time to start cutting loose. Whether that’s staying in with your favorite movies or games or hitting the bars, your buddies at StackSocial want you to be alive and well (and not in jail!) when Monday rolls around, so we’ve put together a quick guide to battling bad decisions and dangerous situations using devices that fit right in your pocket.
If you’re going to drink, please don’t drive. You’re not only putting yourself in danger, but also your friends and anyone you might encounter on the road. Luckily for all of us who enjoy a Zima or two, the sharing economy has brought affordable, tech-focused solutions for getting from point A to point B without driving your own car.
The most notable options (depending on availability in your city) are Uber (iOS | Android), Lyft (iOS | Android) and Sidecar (iOS | Android). The apps are all pretty cool and useful, and they certainly beat traditional taxis. If you play around on Google or social media, you can usually find a good promo for credit towards your first ride, too.
Depending on your alcohol tolerance, height/weight and a number of other personal factors, even just one drink can sometimes put your BAC above the legal limit to drive, so it’s a good idea to monitor yourself, even if you’re just having a glass of wine with dinner. Thanks to the increasing affordability of handheld technology, keeping track of your BAC in real time is easier and more convenient than ever before. There are smartphone attachments available that serve as app-integrated breathalyzers, as well as higher-end mini breathalyzers that are reliable and, importantly when you’ve been drinking, easy to use.
If this sounds like just what you need, you can get the BACtrack S35 Breathalyzer for 57% off on StackSocial right now.
Drink Tracking & Dumb Decision Mitigation Apps
Your phone can not only help you grab a ride and, possibly, measure your BAC – it can also keep track of your drinks and even prevent you from making a terrible decision when you’re drunk. No more drunk dialing your ex!
If you want an even more creative way to keep yourself in line, check out Drinking Mirror (iOS | Android). It shows you what you’ll look like in a decade if you keep drinking like a sailor on shore leave every weekend. NOTE: reviews are not too warm for this app, but it’s an interesting concept, so it might be worth checking out.
Got another app or tool that you use to keep yourself alive and shame-free when it’s crunky time? Let us know.