New iPhone App Helps Determine Blood-Alcohol Level

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As is part of the annual tradition, millions of people around the world rang in the New Year with more than a few adult beverages. But unlike any other year to date, after the partying had ceased thousands reached for their mobile phones to determine whether or not they were capable of driving home.

Apple App Released by Colorado DOT

R-U-Buzzed, a free application released by the Colorado Department of Transportation (DOT), helps users determine their blood alcohol level in a matter of seconds. All an individual has to do is spin the virtual wheel to match weight, alcoholic beverages consumed and the total drinking time. The app will then judge whether it is safe to drive.

As an additional bonus, the app will also allow the user to contact a cab, if desired.

App is Not 100% Accurate

Analysts are somewhat critical of R-U-Buzzed, claiming that the app fails to provide an exact, scientific reading because other important factors are not taken into consideration, such as drink variation, metabolism and food consumption.

Stacey Stegman, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation admitted that R-U-Buzzed was not 100% foolproof, stating "We just wanted this (app) to be used as a guide because most people don't realize that with just a few drinks your ability to drive may be hampered. It will hopefully make people err on the side of caution." (Source:

"Last Call" App Provides Better Reading

For a more specific reading, "Last Call" is available from This app requires the user to input more detailed information based on the size and type of drinks consumed.

Avvo CEO and founder Mark Britton says that when it comes to deciding whether to drive under the influence, no matter how slight the inebriation might seem, "The more precision that Last Call can bring to this decision the better." (Source:

In addition to also helping the user locate a cab, a list of local lawyers is also displayed in case, as Britton put it, an individual "makes some really bad decisions."

MADD Glad with App

MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) also weighed in on the app situation.

According to MADD CEO Charles Hurley "Measures such as the iPhone application have some merit but it should be stressed the best practice is don't drink and drive. Period!"

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