NHS Drinks Tracker
By NHS Choices
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Use the official NHS Drinks Tracker to quickly calculate your drink units, keep track of your drinking and get personalised feedback. A great app if you want to cut down on your drinking.
The app is fast, accurate and simple to use.
Features of the NHS Drinks Tracker:
• Calculate the units in your drinks.
• Track your drinking over weeks and months.
• Get personalised feedback on your drinking.
• Find local NHS alcohol services.
Quick guide to using the NHS Drinks Tracker
To select a drink tap on one of the four drink icons.
Adjust the picker to choose the strength (%), size and number of drinks you want to calculate. Tap on the Add drink button and the units will be calculated. They display in blue text below the image.
Please note: if you're not sure of the strength, don't adjust. The app is set to a default for you.
You can add up the units in a selection of drinks by tapping on other drinks and repeating the process. As drinks are added the units will automatically be added up and will display underneath each icon.
You can review and edit the drinks added in a session by tapping on the list button.
Save to tracker:
Once you've added all your drinks for one day, tap the Save button and use the calendar to select the date. (These drinks will show in your tracker. The default view for My tracker is one week and you can toggle between weeks and months using the Previous and Next buttons.) You can change the view by turning your phone.
Feedback on your drinking:
To get personalised information on your drinking, tap on the Feedback button. Feedback on your drinking is based on guidelines on the last seven days of drinking.
Handy, yet needs improvement
I've found this tracker fairly useful, and whilst it's pretty handy, there are a couple of areas in which it. Could be improved. First up, strengths and volumes of drinks. It would be nice to be able to select the exact %abv, rather than just in half percent increments - accuracy in this would help considerably in getting unit numbers exactly right at the end of the week. As someone else has stated, a 500ml option would also be nice; lots of beer cans are this size.
The second area is feedback. Though it will happily tell you your units are below average over the week, it seems not to care if you've binged your allowance over a day or two. For those of us who are already aware that units should be spread out over the course of week, this is fine as we can slap ourselves on the wrist if we binge, but those ignorant of the guidelines could go out on a saturday, drink their weekly allowance in one go, yet still be told that their daily average is within safe limits, and as this app has NHS branding, they'd probably imagine that it wouldn't be leading them astray.
Just a couple of little things to fix and this app would be spot on, at the moment it just needs a little tweak.
Good But Needs Improving
This is a good idea and generally a good app but it does need further work. It seems aimed at the younger drinker, eg, it recognises four categories of alcohol, of which 'alcopops' is one whole category. In a laudable attempt to keep things simple, the inputs do not allow you to enter all drinks you might consume. For example, the first thing I wanted to enter was an 80ml small glass of sherry at 19% - a fairly standard drink? But the 'strength' category has nothing between 17% and 37.5% - so I cannot enter sherry, port, sloe gin and lots of other drinks. Both the 'strength' and 'size' options need to be much more flexible. One idea would be to have the 'simple' list (eg, 'small glass') up front and then a more complete and flexible list for things which do not fit the simple pattern of a pint of lager or whatever. It would also help if the records covered a longer period and/or could be exported or downloaded. But well done to the NHS for providing this. And it should not be too difficult to improve the app for later versions.
First attempt found a major flaw.
Misses out an entire category of drink. Thought I'd start using the app to log drinks over new years eve. Tried to input a few shots of port (would have moved on to green ginger wine, baileys etc, all pretty common drinks over Christmas)j but there is no category for liqueurs or fortified wine. More frustratingly, within any section there is no way to adjust the percentages beyond what the app thinks is a normal range, so you can only add wine up to 17.5% when most port, sherry etc is 20%. nowhere in the app can you input anything as 20%- all ranges leap from 17.5 to 35% or something. Shame, it's a great idea but badly done, the Nhs have missed several tricks and the sad thing is someone else will quickly come along and do a better job and the Nhs will lose out.... Would still reccomend it as a useful app but a shame it's so poorly designed.
- Category: Health & Fitness
- Released: 29 November 2009
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 0.4 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Antbits Ltd.
- © 2009 NHS Choices
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.