This app helps users keep track of their alcohol consumption. Users log each drink they have and a graph shows their estimated blood alcohol volume over time (based on weight and gender) including an estimate of when they can expect to be sober. The app allows users to set goals and track the costs of drinking. Alcohol use data can be shared or exported. The app also provides some basic information about the effects of different levels of alcohol on behaviour. For a more detailed description of the app, see Google Play and for a detailed review, see Reviews.
✔ Reasonably easy to use
✔ Allows customisation such as for local legal blood alcohol content levels
✔ Graphs of estimated BAC levels with 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
✘ Has pop-up ads (user can pay NZD$3.99 to upgrade and remove ads)
✘ No information provided about how blood alcohol content (BAC) estimates are calculated
✘ No way to motivate users to continue using the app after they have had a few drinks
✘ Available on android devices only - not available on iPhones
Reviewer: Julie Carter, Community Liaison Dietitian, Auckland District Health Board Date of review: July 2016 Comments: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: Fine
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”.