The survey asks people to share their views about apps and other digital tools which offer personalised support. Apps and online tools have been found to be useful in a variety of healthcare areas as they offer non-judgmental advice, put control at the user’s fingertips and motivate individuals to set goals with easily-understood charts to track progress.
Apps such as Drink Coach or Drinkaware contain useful features to help you understand how alcohol affects your health, track your units, introduce drink free days or cut down. The survey asks anyone who has used this kind of digital tool for their views on what is most useful and effective in helping people to change.
In response to recent evidence on the risks to health posed by alcohol, guidance from the Chief Medical Officer on sensible drinking limits states that both men and women should not drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis. This is the equivalent to drinking six pints of average-strength beer or seven 175ml glasses of wine (11.5% strength). It is also recommended that drinking should be spread over three or more days, that people avoid binge-drinking and aim to have several drink-free days each week.