Can digital tools be used to reduce alcohol consumption?

Dr Frank Lipman
Dec 17, 2022

How effective are digital tools for reducing alcohol consumption? This study investigated the impact of a digital app on alcohol intake. The app sent users a support message every Sunday, feedback, several tools, as well as health and social alcohol-related education. Individuals could also schedule self-written motivational messages to themselves to help reduce their consumption.

Study Summary

The study, which analyzed the data of 2,129 people looking to reduce their alcohol intake, found that:

  • Those using the digital tool consumed 25% less alcohol when compared to those who did not use the tool.
  • Researchers noted that the digital app was slightly more impactful than face-to-face interventions.

The Hearty Take

Alcohol consumption ages our bodies, organs, and brains. For those of us who want to cut down on alcohol intake, this kind of tool can help us stay accountable and implement behavior change. For us at Hearty, this is representative of another potential helpful use of technology to encourage and guide us towards healthier choices.

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