New Smartphone App Helps You Manage Your Drinking

By May Wilkerson 07/08/15

The new Alcohol Tracker app is like a digital version of your responsible friend.

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Are you drinking too much? Turns out there’s an app for that.

Developed by doctors in Singapore, the new Alcohol Tracker app is a digital version of your responsible, concerned friend. It lets users log how many drinks they have in a day, and once you’ve reached your recommended max, it will send you a notification reminding you to stop drinking.

The app tracks your drinking habits on both a daily and weekly basis. So it will let you know if you’ve reached your limit in a single drinking session, and also when you’ve reached your max for the week.

The alcohol limits are based on guidelines established by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments. For women, the recommended limit is the equivalent of about six ounces of wine a day, equal to a large glass. The limit for men is a little higher, at about 19 ounces of beer, which is roughly a pint or less than two bottles.

If you need help beyond monitoring your intake, the app directs users to resources offering help with cutting back or quitting drinking, including a questionnaire to determine if you’re at risk of an alcohol problem.

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