Saying When: How to quit drinking or cut down 17+

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Education

Designed for iPhone

    • 4.4 • 63 Ratings
    • Free

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If you want to take charge of how much you drink, or when you drink, Saying When is a successful program that provides step-by-step directions that can help.

You could be interested in quitting drinking or just cutting down and the simple action of tracking your drinking and your urges to drink can help you get it under control.

The Saying When app was designed and developed by the Education department at The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada’s leading addictions and mental health hospital. The program itself has been used with great success for over 20 years, and is now finally available in a mobile format. You can make it work for you.

With Saying When, you can get help and keep your concerns about your drinking private. There’s no need to attend meetings or open up in front of a group. It’s a self-help approach that truly is anonymous and can positively influence your health, your job, or your relationships.

Based on research and evaluation of various treatment methods for patients with alcohol problems Saying When is a self-help program that has a proven track record. The same tools that successful people have consistently used to bring their drinking under control for over 20 years are used in this mobile version.

Answer a few quick questions to set your baseline for success. Understanding when and why you drink will help you know when to “say when.” And if you ever think you can’t do it alone and need more support, links to resources are available.

You set your own goals to fit your lifestyle. We’ll provide you with plenty of Tips for Success that will help you in your journey.

Your personal dashboard will let you know just how you are doing. From here you can track when you have a drink or an urge to drink and you can view your daily stats, monitor your progress and see how you’ve been handling things since you started Saying When.

This tool is not meant for people with serious drinking problems but it does provide links to reputable sources that can provide additional help if it is needed.

If you—or someone you care about—are having problems related to drinking, Saying When can help.

Find out more about The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health by visiting our website:

What’s New

Version 1.2

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

You can now help others!
We’re looking to our users to help us make a greater impact on the lives of people living with addiction and mental health issues by implementing a data donation function.
It is 100% anonymous!
It will let us know how you are using the app as well as how well you doing on the program.
Any information we receive will help us make changes to the app going forward.

And we’re going to keep trying to help you.
Sometimes you just need a nudge to set your goal or stay within it during the holidays so we set-up a few reminders. But, don’t worry, if you don’t need them you can simply turn them off in your phones’ system Settings (Settings > Notifications > Saying When).

Good luck with your goals!

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

K-Panda ,

Great app!

I’ve been using this app for almost one year and it’s really made a huge difference in my drinking habits. I’ve been much more self aware about how much I drink per week and have cut back pretty substantially. I agree with some of the other recommendations about tracking successful days or getting some sort of reinforcement for not drinking. Also, the stats for the weekly checkups are great, but I’d like to see another intermediary group between those who have 0 drinks and those who have 1-14 drinks. Maybe make it match the daily breakout from the checkup (days with 0, days with 1-4, days with 5-9, and 10+ could be weeks with 1-4, weeks with 5-9, and weeks with 10+?) It just seems odd to lump together people who drink 1 drink per week with those who drink 14 and I’d be curious to see more of a differentiation when doing the comparison stats.

Runningkiwi ,

Good but needs more encouragement built in for user

This app is primarily set up for data collection rather than for the user. It is fine if you want to track drinking & urges to drink. I suggest the authors add in more "atta-boys" for NOT drinking. When one first stops encouragement is very important - especially the first couple of weeks.
I also found the goal-setting component confusing to set up and ended up kinda ignoring that - there seemed to be no way of editing or deleting goals (where I made initial errors in entering).
One more suggestion: I found this app 3 days after last drink. I couldn't find how to back date to accommodate that.
In spite of these minor aspects I liked the app as it's clear and not gimmicky.

Odoggydog ,

Good dashboard, advice imprecise

The weekly dashboard and goal setting is the best I have seen among similar apps. However, as far as the recommendations go, I find it odd that there is no differentiation based on gender or weight. So the same information is being presented to a 120 lb woman as a 210 lb man, which doesn't really make sense given the vast difference in ability to metabolize between these two hypothetical individuals.

App Privacy

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