Working it out: Don't let the drink do all the talking
IN-CAR breathalysers are being tried in a number of states in the US. The idea is that your car will not start if you are not fully sober. Not a bad idea, I think.
Perhaps someone would consider extending it to our phones and computers. It is all too easy to be polluted with drink, but still able to put in your pin code and press a few buttons and communicate absolute rubbish, which you cannot take back, to the world at large. Don't tipple and text was in the halfpenny place. At least in those days you were only making a show of yourself to one person at a time.
I like to look into people's eyes when I am talking to them. I like to talk to the whole person. Conversation is not just about words. It is about intonation, pace, posture, reciprocity, muscle tension, eye contact. And that is just for starters. We read each other, partly consciously, and largely unconsciously. Sometimes we know magic is happening and we don't really know why. Sometimes we know that the vibe is bad. Again, we might not be too sure how we know this. But we do.