3 Smartphone Apps That Will Track Your Alcohol Intake
For many, it’s easy to regularly drink alcohol without paying much attention to how many units you’re consuming. Plenty are unaware of what even counts as a unit. The problem is, without measuring your intake, it’s all too easy to drink more than the recommended daily or weekly amount. With this in mind, experts have developed apps that will do the measuring for you.
The Drinkaware App
The Drinkaware app offers an easy way to track the units and calories in your drinks, and helps you to analyse your overall drinking behaviour and patterns. You simply input how much alcohol you drink each day and the app will calculate how many units and calories you’re consuming. It will also tell you whether you’re drinking too much, and how much you might be putting your health at risk.
If you’re trying to reduce your alcohol intake, you can use the app to set goals and it will track your progress over time. It uses the information you put in to create graphs and charts which display your drinking habits and give you a visual representation of how much progress you’ve made. You can even give information about specific brands of alcohol you drink to improve the accuracy of results, and you can include the cost of each drink so you can see how much money you save as you cut down. Along the way, the app gives you advice on how to change your drinking habits for the better.
Change4Life Drinks Tracker
The Change4Life Drinks Tracker app is a similar tool developed by NHS Choices. As with the Drinkaware app, you put in information about how much you drink each day and the app creates graphs which highlight when you’re overdoing it.
The app helps you to cut down by giving you daily tips and feedback on your progress. It gives you information on the risks of drinking too much, and tells you how cutting down will benefit your health. You can also add daily notes, allowing you to keep track of any other information you think you’ll find useful.
The Leaf App
Created by Action for Change, Leaf prides itself on being a ‘discreet’ alcohol tracking app. You tell the app how much you drink each day and, as with the above apps, it form graphs and charts to demonstrate your drinking patterns. If you are drinking more than the recommended amount, it suggests small targets and monthly challenges you could work towards.
This app aims to be helpful but unobtrusive, helping you make subtle, manageable changes and gradually form a healthier relationship with alcohol. It offers small tips and gives you the option of going to the Action For Change website if you want more detailed information.
Why Download An Alcohol Tracker?
Most people underestimate how much they drink, and many who frequently drink more than the recommended amount don’t realise that they are doing so. If you drink regularly, an alcohol tracking app might be just what you need to make you aware of how many units you’re consuming. Seeing those figures and visual representations of your drinking habits can really encourage you to reduce your intake. Having firm but achievable goals set for you, and seeing the progress you make as you work towards them, can also be incredibly helpful. The regular prompts these apps offer will most likely do a lot more to alter your drinking behaviour than a vague idea that you should cut down.
Regularly drinking too much alcohol has negative long-term effects. It can contribute to high blood pressure, liver disease, dementia, sexual problems such as impotence, depression and several types of cancer. Altering your drinking habits for the better will reduce your risk of many health conditions, as well as decreasing your calorie intake and freeing you from the often unpleasant short-term effects of alcohol. All of the above apps are free, so there’s no reason not to get a little help from your smartphone.