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We’ve come to rely on smartphones for nearly everything—from productivity management, to hailing a taxi. While there are many approaches to drinking less alcohol, in this day and age you may be asking yourself “is there an app for that?” Yes: As it turns out, there are a number of them. Whether you’re looking for a new way to monitor your drinking, full-scale rehab from home, or access to a larger community, there are now a number of excellent digital options. Here are six strong picks for apps that can help you reduce or quit drinking (arranged in no particular order).
What it’s best for: Drinking moderately, staying safe
Cost: Free (must purchase breathalyzer separately)
BAC stands for blood alcohol concentration, which is commonly used to measure a person’s level of intoxication. With so many variables at play—from body weight to rate of consumption—it can be hard to know when you’re above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
BACTrack can let you know where you stand. Simply blow into the Bluetooth-enabled digital breathalyzer, and this blood-alcohol calculator app will tell you your exact level. This can help you keep track of how much you are drinking, and remind you when to slow down.
2. Quit That!
What it’s best for: Tracking your progress, staying motivated
Whether you’d like to stop drinking alcohol entirely, or just want to cut back, knowing how long it’s been since your last drink can be very helpful. Quit That! is a simple, straightforward way to do just that. The app provides you with detailed, down-to-the-minute counters to help motivate you to stay on track. It even estimates how much money you’re saving every day by not drinking.
Not only is Quit That! an effective alcohol tracker app, it can help you monitor caffeine intake, smoking, and many other habits you may want to change. The app has largely gotten positive reviews, and is available for iOS systems.
What it’s best for: Staying sober, establishing new habits
Sobriety Counter is another habit-tracking app—this one specifically focused on alcohol intake. Watching the number of days you’ve spent without drinking add up can be a powerful positive motivator—just as having to start over from scratch can be a powerful negative one!
Like Quit That!, Sobriety Counter lets you see how much money you’re saving by staying clear of alcohol. The app also includes a journal to help you record your progress, experiences, and insights. There’s even a “relapse assistant” if you find yourself struggling, and two modes: one to quit immediately, and one to stop gradually.
4. I Am Sober
What it’s best for: Monitoring your sobriety, finding wider social support
If you’re looking for a drinking tracker with more social support, I Am Sober may be the “quit drinking app” for you. This app combines social networking with informational guides and ways to chart your progress. Users can make personal pledges and set reminders for themselves. They can also record journal entries, and share them with a larger community as they please.
The social networking function of I Am Sober lets you communicate with others facing the same challenges, and exchange tips and support. The app even includes a withdrawal timeline to help you prepare for the inevitable ups and downs, and take good care of yourself. The app has received many positive reviews from users, who find that having the support of a larger community helps them stick to their goals.
5. Sober Grid
What it’s best for: Staying abstinent, finding a supportive community
Sober Grid offers a powerful bundle of features to help you build and maintain an alcohol-free lifestyle. The app lets you connect with a larger sober community by creating a personalized profile and posting journal entries, photos, and videos. You can also save “sober buddies” to your app, track your sobriety, and get instant support from other members whenever you feel you need it.
Sober Grid has gotten a lot of positive attention, and can be a great social media option for people who no longer want to include alcohol in their lives.
6. Ria Health
What it’s best for: Comprehensive, online alcohol rehab. Support for both moderation and abstinence.
Cost: Free with membership
Yes, Ria Health has an app. Our mobile telemedicine program combines many of the above features with access to doctors, coaches, and medications to help you quit or reduce your drinking. Ria’s program features online support group meetings, 24/7 assistance, and even a breathalyzer that syncs with the app, letting you track your progress.
Essentially, Ria Health is a holistic, all-in-one solution for a better relationship with alcohol—100% online and 100% accessible through your phone. Learn more about our app, and how the program works, by scheduling a call with a team member today.
Is There an Alcoholics Anonymous App?
Yes, it turns out that there are many. If AA is your chosen path for overcoming alcohol addiction, you might find My Spiritual Toolkit – 12 steps AA app especially useful. This app features 12-step influenced tools, such as digital “spot checks,” a nightly inventory survey, and a personal journal. If you find that your busy schedule makes it hard to stay mindful, or focused on the 12 steps, this app may be very helpful for you. It is available for free, on iOS only.
That said, if AA is difficult for you in general, remember that there are other options, including ones that don’t require abstinence.
What About Hypnotherapy-Based Stop Drinking Apps?
Hypnotherapy can be helpful for some people, but not all of these apps are created equal. One hypnosis app for alcohol with largely positive reviews is Stop Drinking with Andrew Johnson. This app uses motivational talks, visualizations, and relaxation exercises to help you break negative thought patterns and change your habits. Clinical hypnotherapist Andrew Johnson guides you through the process, giving things a human touch.
This app is available for iPhone through the App Store for $2.99, and for Android under the name Quit Drinking – Andrew Johnson for the same price.
No matter your preferred approach, if you’re looking for an improved relationship with alcohol Ria Health may be able to help. Our program offers the perfect balance between app-based tools, and comprehensive, medically managed alcohol treatment. We offer both moderation and abstinence as options, and tailor treatment to each individual member.
Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you achieve your goals.