Sober up with the SoberApp Android app

by Ian Black

Think of this as a public service app. Let’s face facts: many people drive to places where they consume alcohol. Drunken driving is illegal and deadly. Why not take some of the guesswork out of checking your blood alcohol level? That’s where SoberApp comes in.

Upon launch, the app asks for your gender and weight as a starting point. From there, you enter each drink you consume and the time you drank it. I was impressed with the app’s detailed drink catalog. The beer list alone contained hundreds of brands and products, each with specifics on percent of alcohol. You can also select the amount from a drop-down list that includes all variations of bottles or glasses. You’ll find the same comprehensive lists for hard alcohol and cocktails, as well.

At any point, you can ask the app if it’s safe for you to drive. It calculates based your gender, age, the alcohol in the drinks you’ve had and when you drank them, and tells you “Yes” or “No” in plain language. If you can’t drive, it says how long you must wait and what the time will be then, in case it’s difficult to understand instructions in your current state. A disclaimer on the app’s initial screen describes the app as being for “entertainment purposes only” and that other factors like genetics and metabolism are involved in how a person’s body processes alcohol. The message is clear: Don’t rely on this app, continue to use your common sense.

The app offers buttons for finding a taxi or a pub nearby, but the results seemed hit-or-miss for both of these in my testing. Until someone delivers the free and easy-to-obtain mobile Breathalyzer app, at least this one can help keep us all a little safer on the roads.

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