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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.

You Will Need

  • Email
  • Little white lie
  • Big lie
  • Drunk-dialing app

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