Educ Alcool launches app to combat underage drinking

In an age where the world is at your fingertips, Éduc’alcool is looking to teach underaged teens the effects of alcohol in a format they find easily degestible.

Its app, Ivrotexto, has been in development for a year and is now available for the iPhone and Android devices.

The app allows users to send text message to simulate a conversation under the influence.

"Your phrases go cracy, the vocabulary changes, there are some sounds that show that 'uh oh, there's excessive alchol consumtion here' and at one point, the app shuts itself down, saying, 'oh, I've had too many,'" explained Éduc’alcool Director General Hubert Sacy.

Éduc’alcool studies show over two thirds of underage teens in the province have tried alcohol, which climbs to over 3 quarters after the age of 15

Sacy says Ivrotexto is aimed to help teens know the consequences of imbibing, and hopefully pushes back a teen's first drink for as long as possible.

It is also designed to be shared with parents, he continued, allowing them to use the app as another tool for teaching responsible drinking to their child for when they come of age.

 

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