The 'AlcoChange' App Helps Users Monitor Their Drinking Habits

By: Katherine Pendrill - Jun 17, 2016
References: royalfree.nhs.uk & munchies.vice
Researchers at University College London recently developed an app called 'AlcoChange' that helps users monitor their drinking habits and warns them when they are consuming too much.

The app is currently being trailed at the Royal Free Hospital in London with patients suffering from alcohol-related liver disease. The app works by using a smartphone-compatible breathalyzer to monitor alcohol levels. Patients are also encouraged to record the number of drinks they have consumed directly in the app. The information is then matched with data about excessive drinking to "establish the most effective times to send patients messages reminding them not to drink." The app also sends messages to hospital staff to help them keep an eye on their patients.

With alcohol-related liver disease becoming a growing concern, apps such as AlcoChange could serve as a powerful tool in combating overconsumption.