The Google Marketplace and the Apple App Store now feature an app for estimating your blood alcohol content (BAC).   No, this isn’t a joke, and yes, I think it’s a great idea (even though it’s only a rough estimate).   The app even allows you to call a local cab company directly from the app.

The mobile application is being launched by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and will help people calculate their blood-alcohol concentration and find a cab service.  The app launches as law enforcement agencies across the state increase DWI enforcement from Aug. 19-Sept. 5.

The name of the free app is “Show Me My Buzz,” and estimates your BAC by calculating the following:

  1. The number of  drinks a person has consumed;
  2. The amount of time the person has been drinking; and
  3. The person’s gender.

Remember that the app is based on averages, and influencing factors that can change results include food consumption, medication, health and psychological conditions.

I just hope I don’t hear stories about people trying to get the highest score, although I know I will.