This app helps you keep track of the amount of alcohol you drink and how often. It uses a drinks diary in which you can log your drinks and use the chart function to observe your drinking habits at different intervals such as daily, weekly, or monthly. The 'drinks preset' option allows drinks to be logged quickly, and a maximum drinks level can be set. You can also set a drinking goal to see how your drinking matches that goal. It has a blood alcohol content calculator that provides an estimate of your blood alcohol content based on drinks logged.
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Functional and relatively easy to use
Can personalise various settings including local legal blood alcohol content (BAC) levels
Graphs of estimated BAC levels with graduated colours used to highlight greater risks, and contain links to information about the progressive effects of BAC levels.
Data log function allows users to review their drinking over days, weeks or months
Also, estimates when the user is expected to be sober again.
Does not contain information about how blood alcohol content (BAC) level estimates are reached
No way to motivate users to continue using the app after they had had a few drinks.
Date of this review: June 2016
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Reviewer: Julie Carter, Community Liaison Dietitian, Auckland District Health Board July 2016 Clinical score: ★★★★☆ Review: "This app is useful for people who are motivated to track their alcohol intake and it's likely effects, including estimated time until sober again. While the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level estimates used are not detailed, the graphical representation of consecutive alcoholic drinks is effective, especially if the local legal BAC level is entered into the settings. This could give some loose guidance in determining safety to perform some activities, and when the user is expected to be sober again. Safety concerns: The app does not outline details of the calculations or guidelines used to estimate Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) levels so I am unsure as to the accuracy of these estimates." New Zealand relevance: ★★★★★
Reviewer: Name, Date Clinical score: ☆☆☆☆☆ New Zealand relevance: ☆☆☆☆☆ Review: Comments
The tech review relates to the technical aspects of the app, such as security, privacy, etc.
Reviewer: Sara Jebreil, July 2016 Technical score: ★★☆☆☆ Review:
Security: This app is not secure as no login is required for use or password protection
Performance: Perfect/timely response; no technical bugs found/contains a ‘loading time left’ indicator
Impact of the app on battery life and device performance: Impact is minimal using an average of 714 KB of data over 3 hours
Interactivity: Basic interactive features to function adequately
Customisation: Allows numerous options for customisation
Data sharing: Yes, various options available such as Instapaper, Google drive, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter and MMS
Multiple device syncing: No
Location services: GPS used
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The formal app review is based on the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS) developed by researchers at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.(1) It is designed to score apps on a few comprehensive dimensions — engagement, functionality, aesthetics, and information quality. Each dimension comprises several items which are rated on a 5-point scale from “1. Inadequate” to “5. Excellent”.