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Published on December 1, 2004 By mignuna In Personal Relationships

 

If you have ever been in a romantic relationship of any type or duration, you’ll doubtless also have been the recipient or initiator of the (heinously embarrassing) 4am-drunken ‘but I still love you !’ phone call from/to a person you possibly called a vomitous cretin last time you spoke to them sober.

 

Telephone calls made whilst drunk rarely have a satisfactory outcome. This is possibly due to the fact that drunken people can tend to be somewhat more free with their emotions. Propped up by a skinful of alcohol, drunk people tend to say things they would never normally say.

 

According to (cell phone carrier) Virgin Mobile, a survey of 409 Australian cell phone users found that 95% of them admitted to making incoherent, embarrassing late-night calls from their cell phone whilst drunk.

 

55% claimed that the very first thing they did upon waking after a night of drinking was to grab their phone to see whom they had called whilst inebriated. 30% reported calling ex-partners at late hours, 19% called their current partner, and 16% called their boss !. Oooooh.

 

In response to these revolting statistics, Virgin Mobile is now offering Australians who regularly get plastered and make telephone calls of varying levels of appropriateness the chance to temporarily ‘blacklist’ certain numbers.

 

This way, when the habitual drunken caller plans an evening out ‘on the sauce’, he/she may decide whom is likely to be the target/s of any upcoming drunken barrage/s, and block the phone from calling the number/s for an overnight period.

 

This seems to work in theory, until you take into account the fact that these drunken phone calls are usually motivated by a force much stronger than a simple cell phone blocker. Hell hath no fury like the thwarted 4am drunken phone caller !.

 

Imagine !. They’d just smash their phone and then pick someone else’s up and use that. Or stumble dottily along the road looking for a pay phone and get arrested. Or maybe get so angry that they just decide to go on over to visit instead !. Yeah !.

 

Oh yes, that’s much better.

 

(Not).

 

Way to go, Australia. That we even needed to do the survey was scary enough .

 

 

Statistics from: Link

 


Comments
on Dec 01, 2004
Ive been the recipient of a couple of those drunken phone calls to the ex and believe me ...they arent pretty

Are australians really worse (or do i mean better? ughh) at this than others? Or do they just drink more?
on Dec 01, 2004
Why does this happen? why this powerful lust to call anyone and everyone and hurl abuse at them? Are we really that vile without a fully functioning frontal lobe?

This is one of the reasons I don't drink anymore. (The other being I really, really can't hold my liquor). Luckily my friends are lovely, forgiving people, and exs are rarely seen again. Another of the advantages of living in a big city.

Important article, Mig, a scary phenomenon indeed.

Dyl xx



on Dec 01, 2004
Yes, we all have been guilty of dialing with under the influence and I agree the first thing I would do in the morning was grab the phone and do a quick check.

I eventually got to the point where I would delete the most likely 'receivers' of calls on my nights out, maybe a little drastic but it seemed to work for me, either that or I would make myself leave the phone at home...



on Dec 01, 2004
Never having been drunk I can't say I can relate to this. On the other hand, if my ex got drunk and called me at 4am, well it would be great fun The phone companies idea seems silly, I mean if you can't be responsible enough to live with the mistakes you make while drinking, maybe you shouldn't be drinking in the first place? Or is my lack of having drunk before showing?
on Dec 01, 2004
Yeah, I've been there, done that, made and received the calls...

At first I thought this would be a good service for people, but your analysis proves that I'm probably wrong. I mean, I'm thinking right now with a relatively clear mind. A drunk person doesn't have the (dis)advantage. So, they may not be thwarted by simply blocking their own phones. They would just use another phone or worse yet, go for a visit (guilty again). Nothing good comes from that...
on Dec 01, 2004
oohh this article hurt. hehehe.
on Dec 02, 2004

oohh this article hurt. hehehe


yes nic, i think a lot of us are thinking 'uh oh' right now hehe


Yeah, I've been there, done that, made and received the calls...


you, chip ?. hey dude, did you just call me ?


if you can't be responsible enough to live with the mistakes you make while drinking, maybe you shouldn't be drinking in the first place ?


a good point, danny, still, it doesn't stop people !


I eventually got to the point where I would delete the most likely 'receivers' of calls on my nights out, maybe a little drastic but it seemed to work for me, either that or I would make myself leave the phone at home...


well, if you were in australia, lengirl, you could now blacklist them instead !


Why does this happen? why this powerful lust to call anyone and everyone and hurl abuse at them? Are we really that vile without a fully functioning frontal lobe?


in a word dyl, yes. hehe


Are australians really worse (or do i mean better? ughh) at this than others? Or do they just drink more?


i am afraid to guess, tinker bellica ! and nice to 'meet' you.


mig XXX


 

on Dec 03, 2004
It would seem to me that drunks who call probably get a wrong number, even those in memory, bleary eyed and all thumbs. And even if the dialing is correct, the message is grossly inarticulate, ending in abrupt cut off.
on Dec 05, 2004

even if the dialing is correct, the message is grossly inarticulate, ending in abrupt cut off


yes stevendedalus, there is nothing quite like trying to translate 'the drunks' english' hehe


mig XXX

on Dec 05, 2004
hey dude, did you just call me ?


BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Wasn't me...
on Dec 05, 2004

Ooohhh...I've been guilty of this.  The last one wasn't to an ex, it was to my husband when he was in the arctic.....it consisted of...well, I'm not going to divulge what it consisted of.


He made one to me too...he went out when he first got up there, got legless, then called me...very upset at having to stay there for a year, very sad, and very, very drunk (like I had to listen to him puke). Very messy.  It wasn't until after I had recieved that call and got a taste of my own medicine that i realized just how awful those things are.


 

on Dec 08, 2004

Ooohhh...I've been guilty of this. The last one wasn't to an ex, it was to my husband when he was in the arctic.....it consisted of...well, I'm not going to divulge what it consisted of


hehe dharma i've been there - i can imagine !


BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Wasn't me...


you sure chip ? ... 'cause somebody just called me hehe


mig XXX

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