"Drunk Mode" Phone App Helps Student Drinkers Stay Safe? Does This Send The Wrong Message?
Written by Craig Rogers, in Section Parent Resources
A new mobile app called Drunk Mode is causing many parents of troubled teens and young adults to be alarmed because they feel this app encourages irresponsible behavior. Those who developed the app say it will save lives by informing a person when they are too intoxicated to drive. So, is the “drunk mode ap” something parents should be concerned with or is it simply a tool that can be used to curb the dangers of drunk driving and other risky behaviors associated with drinking?
People on both sides of the coin have been weighing in and controversy continues to surround the app, causing many to be concerned that students will increase their alcohol use which can be problematic for those with a history of addiction.
The creators of drunk mode are two former university students who initially created the app to prevent students from calling their friends while they are drunk. Initially, there was never a thought for using the app for safety reasons. The video below reveals the original purpose for the use of "Drunk Mode".
However, with over 900,000 downloads, this app is creating quite a stir - and the intended use has changed.  Since the developers have changed their initial focus, the app is now being touted as a safe way for students to go out and have fun without worrying about the consequences of drinking.
The app even offers a date rape addition that helps people be aware of their surroundings and where there friends are at. It sounds beneficial right?
Parody Video Depicting the Negative Truth (Intention) of "Drunk Mode Ap"
Seriously, can this phone ap be good for our young people?
Though this app is meant for college students, it is heavily being used by underage drinkers who now think they are safe from the dangers of alcohol. So, where does one draw the line between a simple safety app and one that encourages drinking?
Just because an app says it makes drinking safer certainly does not mean it lives up to its promises. In fact, this app may simply encourage more adolescents to be irresponsible because they feel they have the app to “protect” them.
Unfortunately, underage drinking is on the rise with around 35.1% of teens admitting they have had at least one drink by the age of fifteen.  Teens do not have the mental fortitude to understand the dire risks they are placing their lives in.
While this app promises to make drinking safer, it appears to have failed in the eyes of most parents who worry about their troubled teens drinking, hanging out with the wrong crowd, and becoming an alcoholic.
Since drinking can lead to car accidents and violent behaviors, it is crucial parents stay involved and inform their teen of the dangers of alcohol. 
Parents who have learned their troubled teen is abusing alcohol or drugs can receive help through Wingate. We are a wilderness therapy program that allows teens to receive the therapy they need. Unlike rehab, our program offers lasting sobriety results. Visit our site at https://www.wingatewildernesstherapy.com to learn more. We are here to provide parents with answers.
 https://www.thefix.com/app-help-student-drinkers-stay-safe-nears-million-downloads A New App Designed to Help Students Stay Safe Is Taking Off
 http://www.helpguide.org/harvard/the-dangers-of-teenage-drinking.htm - Teenage Drinking