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.
- Customisable volumes so you can enter each of drinks to the ml (if you want to!)
- Ability to re-take your drinking review and see an updated comparison every month
- Clearer how to edit or delete a drinks record
- Clearer how to navigate to the mood diary
Ratings and Reviews
Possibly going to change my life!
Wish I’d found this app a long time ago. I knew I was a heavy drinker but to see how much I actually drink and the thousands of calories I consume a week in black and white has really been a major eye opener. Not to mention that you can also keep a record of how much you spend and compare it to previous weeks. This app is really easy to use and feels like a private dairy of your drinking habits.
The only negative I have is that the start of the week begins on a Sunday and not Monday so this can be very confusing when working out your drinking or non drinking days.
After using it for a month now and seeing all my red days (heavy drinking) I’m really encouraged to turn things around and stop drinking for a while and make more green days (no alcohol days) for the rest of this month.
I recommend this app to anyone wanting to reduce alcohol intake.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your feedback and I hope this app can help you. Sorry about this issue with the start of the week - the drinking calendar and goals should both run from Monday to Sunday. Could you email firstname.lastname@example.org with some more details and screenshots of this bug so we can get it fixed? Thanks.
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.
- Robert West
- 55.5 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.