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January 30, 2005

Dialing into Regret

The New Social Etiquette: Friends Don't Let Friends Dial Drunk [NYT] [Bugmenot]

[D]runk dialing usually limits itself to times long after the close of business and beyond the daily commute. It is in those dark hours of late night and wee hours of early morn, when most people have retired their cellphones for overnight charging, that intoxicated revelers flip open their cellphones and dial into regret.
I'm not sure this is the kind of thing that belongs on the NYT Op-Ed page, but interesting nonetheless. I'd heard a while back about Virgin Mobile offering a service in Australia so people can prevent themselves from drunk dialing. Have never committed it myself, but then there's been very few times in my life when I've gotten horribly drunk. Dialing sober while depressed, however, is another story. In either case, intervention is definitely in order.

Yours, &c., LC | 12:30 PM | Internet & Tech , Slice o' Life | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

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OHHHH, there were definitely some times in college I wish I was prevented from drunk dialing...very embarrassing. I have to go hang my head in shame!

Posted by: impossiblejane at January 30, 2005 02:58 PM

This is a phenomenon that's well-known in alcoholism recovery circles; it's called "telephonitis."

I don't REMEMBER ever doing this, but then there are a lot of things I did drunk that I don't remember... (BTW, I'm sober 26 years.)

Posted by: SilverDragon at January 30, 2005 03:15 PM

"Telephonitis" - I knew there had to be a more concise expression. That's it, exactly.

Good going on the 26 years, SD. One day at a time, right?

Posted by: Lady Crumpet at January 31, 2005 02:56 PM