Download the app to reduce your drinking as part of Alcohol Awareness Week

As part of this year’s Alcohol Awareness Week residents in Cornwall are being invited to download the ‘Drink’s Meter’ smartphone app to help them take back control of their drinking.

The campaign for people to be more aware of what they are drinking was launched earlier this year by Cornwall Council Public health team.

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As many as 1 in 3 people in the South West don’t realise that they drink too much and the app allows people to track what they have drunk throughout the week which can then calculate how many calories you have drunk and how that equates with food you could have eaten. You can also track how much money you have spent on alcohol.

The app will also then advise you on how you can improve by having more days across the week where you don’t have a drink.

Deputy Director of Public Health Steve Brown said: “The campaign to support people to drink less focusses on how easy it is to slip into having a drink every day. Often it can be reasoning you’ve had a long day at work and need a drink to unwind, that you’re having a girl’s night or it’s the night of the big sports match.

“This isn’t about telling people they have to stop drinking altogether but just to think about having a few more days a week where they don’t have a drink.”

He added: “Some people simply don’t realise that one drink a night can have serious long term effect on their health. Often “just the one” turns in to two or three and it’s really easy for this to become a regular habit, and then the risks get even higher.

“I’d encourage anyone to give their drinking more thought and explore the questions posed by this app to take steps towards a healthy future”.

The app itself can be downloaded on the Google Play store or Apple App store, and here’s a flavour of some of the questions:

  • How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop once you had started? Have you or someone else been injured as a result of your drinking, either in an accident or a fight?
  • How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected of you because of drinking?
  • How often in the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?

If anyone is concerned about how much they are drinking, or concerned about someone else’s drinking they can call Healthy Cornwall on 01209 615600 or visit the Healthy Cornwall website 

Posted on 13 November