Are you looking to cut down how much you drink? If so, we can help. Drink Less is a super-easy to use app that allows you to keep track of how much you drink, set goals to drink less, get feedback on whether what you’re doing is working and access some unique and fun ways of changing your attitude towards alcohol.
– Keep track of your drinking and see how it changes over time
– Set goals for the targets that matter to you and get feedback on your progress towards them
– Complete a daily mood diary so you can better understand the effects of your hangover
– Play games designed to strengthen your resolve to drink less alcohol
– Create plans for dealing with situations when you may be tempted to drink excessively
Drink Less has been created by a team of behavioural scientists at University College London; we’re researching what techniques help people reduce their consumption of alcohol. By using the app you’ll be helping us understand how to help more people drink less. And we, and science, will be very grateful. You can opt-out to withdraw your data and any time via the Help tab of the app.
This app is for people aged 18 or over.
Fix for bug in calendar and "Alcohol Free Days" count when clocks went back on Sunday 28th October
Ratings and Reviews
Good free app for recording booze intake and getting a reality check
There's a lot packed in this app and I learnt to pick and chose what worked for me, or take breaks, as it can otherwise be overwhelming. The fact that it generates reports on money spent as well units and calories intake is very useful, much easier than any of the paper alcohol diaries I've been given by substance misuse and mental health workers. Good options to customise and select drinks. Daily reminders work great, as well as weekly goals and the data it generates from week to week. I found it easy to be honest when updating my diary as the wording in the app is quite gentle. I felt terrified and under motivated after a few weeks of recording very high intakes of booze and being in the red, so I took a break from the app and sought other types of support. Now back on the app and feeling validated when I record alcohol free days and smash my goals. Calendar starting on Sunday can be confusing and I'm not into the mood or sleep trackers. Not fond of the random statistics either but that didn't put me off. Didn't play the game (too paranoid to talk into a phone app -a version where I could tap 'yes' or 'no thanks' would be good). Great app considering it's free and worked on my old iPhone 4s. Excellent as a diary / tracker, other options less so (which is fine, takes more than an app to destroy drinking habits).
Developer Response ,
Thanks for your feedback on the app, it's very helpful to hear what bits worked or didn't work for users, and we're pleased to hear you've been finding parts of it useful. We're planning on updating the calendar so that it begins on a Monday in the next version of the app.
I know that drinkers often play down the amount they drink but even I was surprised to be told that my couple of bottles a week wine habit put me in the top 95% of drinkers and more at risk of harm than 18 other people for every 20 people in the uk. Just look at the national statistics on how many people drink and how much and you’ll know that can’t possibly be true. Not just that but my job brings me into contact with lots of problem drinkers, from moderate to very heavy. But just to test your ‘test’ I reloaded it and answered the questions that put me right within the alcohol consumption guidelines. One bottle of wine a week over three days. Although it told me my level of drinking was lower risk it still proceeded to tell me I drank more than 90% of the population! As if! This type of over exaggerated scare tactics are not necessary and just annoys people - it has me. I’m already trying to help myself cut down that’s why I downloaded the app, I don’t need to be ‘frightened’ into it. But now I don’t think I’ll use it as my overindulgence has now been labelled as one of the worst drinkers in the country. And although I know that’s not true, the fact it’s there accusingly makes me feel like I’m being treated like some kind of idiot. So I won’t be using the app. Next time take a proper cross section of people and don’t base your survey on teetotallers- which is the only way it could have come up with such skewed results. That is just not helpful to peoples mindsets.
Developer Response ,
Hi, we're sorry to hear that this has annoyed you. We use data from a monthly, cross-sectional survey conducted by Ipsos Mori amongst a representative sample in England (more information here: http://www.alcoholinengland.info/).
It has never been the intention of the app to use scare tactics. The aim of the app is to give people accurate information on the population norms of alcohol use using a test that was developed and validated by the World Health Organisation.
Easy to use, and with a lot of extras
I downloaded this app as part of a New Year’s Resolution as I’d noticed my drinking creeping up to unhealthy levels.
I’ve now kept my diary the full 73 days in a row, it’s very easy to input drinks and the output in the graphs is really clear and easy to understand. Overall the UI for the core tracking stuff is a real asset to the app.
While my drinking had been ‘higher than 95% of the population’ I haven’t felt the need to use the lifestyle elements of the app, such as cuecards and motivational notes.. these would definitely be good for somebody who had slipped into real dependency and seeing effects on personality etc.
The app has definitely helped me think twice about having alcohol with dinner, or having too much at parties. As a result my birthday week last week was my lowest intake year to date! Every green ‘alcohol free’ day always feels like a moment of pride.
There are a few bugs that don’t hugely affect the app (hence still 5 stars) but for the dev:
- I still get a reminder at 11:05am every day to complete my diary, even if I already have
- the ‘review your drinking’ questionnaire keeps only my first answers when I joined the app, and doesn’t give me opportunity to answer the questions again.. therefore it doesn’t reflect my current behaviours.
All in all, a great and simple app that has helped me cut down considerably!
Developer Response ,
It's great to hear that you find the app so easy to use and that it's been of help to you.
Thank you also for your feedback and suggestions. You'll be pleased to hear we already have plans to change the 'review your drinking' questionnaire so that users can update it each month.
- Robert West
- 42.6 MB
- Health & Fitness
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- You must be at least 17 years old to download this application.
- Frequent/Intense Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- © Susan Michie 2015-7
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.