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 in the last 24 hours, last 7 days, the last 30 days and when you've reached the binge drinking level. The app also helps you to calculate the financial cost of your alcohol consumption. For a more detailed description of the app, see iTunes and for a detailed review, see Reviews.
✔ Simple to use
✔ Tracks the monetary and calorie cost of drinking - easy to understand infographics
✘ No option to pick NZ-specific alcohol drinking standards
✘ No personalised settings or customisations
✘ Weekly and monthly drinking data susceptible to being misinterpreted
Reviewer: Garren Espin, Dietitian, Auckland Diabetes Centre Date of review:July 2016 Comments:This app is most useful for consumers of alcohol, especially frequent consumers. It enables consumers to see the monetary and calorie cost of their drinking habits. The app allows users to reflect on what their current drinking habits are doing to their health, such as hindering weight loss, and their financial security. Tracking the monetary and calorie cost of an individuals drinking habits may facilitate behaviour change more than simply tracking alcohol intake alone. Safety concerns:"The weekly grading system could mislead one day binge drinkers into thinking their drinking behaviour was acceptable - week graded as violet/non -excessive even though they consumed their weekly maximum in one night." New Zealand relevance: There isno option to pick NZ specific alcohol drinking standards."
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”.