See The New Mobile App That Stops You From Spending Money When You’re Drunk

If you’re the kind of person who goes goes
online to buy all kinds of weird things in the
early hours of the morning, after an alcohol-
fueled night out, you may be interested in a
new smartphone app that blocks your credit
cards for 12 hours if it thinks you’re too
drunk to shop.
DrnkPay is a smartphone app that stops users
from making purchases while drunk, which is
apparently something people end up
regretting.
It was developed by UK financial consultancy
company iBe TSE, after research found that
half of British alcohol drinkers admitted that
they regret a purchase made when drunk.
The survey that inspired Drnkpay also
revealed a few bizarre examples of things
bought while intoxicated, like flying lessons, a
rowing club lifetime membership for someone
who doesn’t row, 30 pairs of flip flops, and
even a live chicken.
“This is a problem many of us have
encountered, so we decided to create a simple
solution which uses the latest technology,”
said Francesco Scarnera, CEO of iBe TSE.
“Once you’ve hit your self-imposed limit, the
app will lock your card and prevent you
making further payments. It’s up to you
whether to block all payments, or just certain
‘weak points’, such as takeaways, clubs, or
that flight that seems like such a great idea at
4am.”
But how does a smartphone app know when
you’re drunk, right? Well, that’s what the
companion breathalyzer is for. It connects to
your smartphone and sends data to
the DrnkPay app whenever you blow in it.
Once it decides you’ve had too much to drink,
it locks your credit cards for 12 hours,
which iBe TSE believes is plenty of time to
sober up. Some people might have a problem
with needing to blow into a breathalyzer in
public, so the app also comes with a less
conspicuous alternative – a bracelet-like
biosensor, which constantly analyses the
alcohol content in the user’s bloodstream.
For DrnkPay to work, users obviously have to
link their credit/debit cards to the app. They
can then set a limit of drinks they wish to
have (like 3 pints of beer), and the app will
only block the cards if they go over it. Also,
the app allows you only block the cards for
certain things, like online shopping, bars,
food, etc., and also comes with a “Help me
out” feature, which calls you an emergency
Uber to take you home.

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