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Apps that try to save you from drunk texting

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Have a drink now, shoot me a text later, they said.

"I was drunk texting one of my female friends who I thought was pretty attractive and I was texting her all the things I wanted to do to her," one guy told us.

No big deal, they said.

"I guess I realized I danced on a bar the morning afterward," a woman said. "It's not that bad?"

Then you wake up the next morning with a message history that leaves your cheeks, eyes and conscience burning and down a couple friends, a significant other and a job.

"Sending a bunch of curse words to their manager after a long day," said Ronnie Rocha, an app developer.

To combat those kind of bad ideas transferred from pint-glass in one fist to smart-phone in the other, Rocha developed an app.

"The idea originated when I was in college -- probably for obvious reasons," he said.

Drunk Text Savior screens your text messages for curse words, unfortunate auto-corrections and slurred typing, giving its users a chance to avoid sending something they might regret.

"They love it when they can remember to use it," Rocha said.

So, you stumble out of some holiday gathering and pull out your smartphone to send a text you shouldn't. Drunk Text Savior only intervenes if you type your text through the app. If instead you choose your normal texting function, it's just you and your bad ideas.

"I keep an eye out every single update that comes out," Rocha said. "Hopefully some day we can intercept the text message so you can reply right back to them."

A similar app called Drunk Dial No! allows users to lock certain contacts for a set period of time, say, before a night of heavy drinking.

Another app named only Drunk Text discourages texting after or during boozing by shaming offenders with screenshots of their sloppy communications.

Unfortunately, when drunk, we do as we want not as we should. And any kind of safety net -- digital or otherwise -- seems overmatched against loosened inhibitions and itchy thumbs.

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