Drunk mode app saves partiers from drunk dialing and keeps track of drunk friends

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Thanksgiving is less than one week away. That means the start of ugly sweater parties, white elephant parties, not-so-sober office parties and, of course, New Year’s Eve parties. That also means its about to be the time of year your liver hates.

But, have no fear, a new(ish) app is available to make sure those stumbling drunk nights don’t turn into embarrassing mornings when you realize you’ve drunk texted your ex and sent a stranger a picture of your naughty bits.

Drunk Mode is an app that allows users to disable contacts for up to 12-hours and even make photos sent in Snapchat reviewable and recoverable.

Created by University of Virginia Alumnus Joshua Anton, the app also allows you to “find my drunk.” What does that mean? Well, ever been in a bar with that one dude who always seems to get drunk and disappear? The wondering drunk we’ll call him. Well now there’s an app that lets you track your drunk friend the same way you’d track your iPhone.

The app is also a social media hub of sorts. There’s a feature that allows you to add “drinking buddies.” Doing this is what allows users to then track them using the GPS on their phone.

Perhaps the coolest feature on this app that could have only been thought up by a drunken college student (Anton reportedly came up with it after receiving a drunk call from a girl) is the breadcrumb tool. Of course there are no literal breadcrumbs. Smart phones don’t, as of yet, consume crumb-yielding foods. Instead it uses your phones GPS to track your movements from last night’s drunken adventures.

How many times has every 20-something woken up the next morning to a receipt in their pocket only to say, “huh, I don’t remember going to Dave’s House of Donkey Shows last night!” With Drunk Mode, no more.

This app is a constantly evolving gadget. Developers plan to make it easier to use and more relevant as time goes by. It was originally available in 2013 and is approaching 100,000 users. So far the app is free in the iPhone app store and Google Play.

I don’t recommend downloading it drunk though. You can’t enroll with Facebook.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.