How to Recover from Drunk Dialing or Drunk Texting
So you woke up with a hangover and the horrifying realization that you called or texted someone in your intoxicated state. Here's how to fix your drunk dialing or texting disaster.
Step 1: Take stock Take stock of the situation. If you drunk dialed a distant ex looking for a little somethin' somethin', just let it go. Calling back to apologize or explain won't improve the situation -- it will only make you look lamer.
TIP: Consider deleting ancient history from your phone.
Step 2: Heal the anger To repair an angry lash out, write the victim a brief, heartfelt email apologizing for your ugly, slurred words. If you have bad blood to settle, suggest a sober meet-up to hash it out calmly.
Step 3: Control damage at work If your drunken digits involved a work colleague, you've got some explaining to do. Grab them the next day you're in the office and casually say you're sorry. Throw in a white lie for good measure -- an event like a bachelor or bachelorette party or a reunion with old college friends can often serve as a passable drunk dialing excuse.
TIP: Make sure your lie can't easily be discredited.
Step 4: Lie big-time If you drunk dialed or sent a drunk text to a current love interest, it's time for a real whopper. Tell them you were roofied, a friend stole your phone, aliens invaded your body -- the more extreme, the better. If you play your cards right (and your drunken message wasn't too obscene), they may laugh it off and give you another chance.
Step 5: Get an app Protect yourself in the future with an app designed to deter drunk dials and drunk texts. There are ones that block you from using designated numbers for a set period of time; others that require a friend entering a password to override the block; and even breathalyzer apps that include drunk dialing and drunk texting lockdowns if you're over the limit. Of course, you could simply stay sober. But what fun would that be?
FACT: 95 percent of cellphone owners surveyed admit to having drunk dialed.