Saying When – There’s an App for that.


Trying to cut down on your alcohol consumption?

There’s an App for that.

  In modern form, we have a new program or application from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to assist persons cut down on their booze intake. For the uninitiated, an ‘App’ is a smallish program for your iPhone, iPad or other personal device.

Saying When is one such program. First, the program helps individuals track their consumption, by entering into the App the number of drinks imbibed. Additionally, it introduces the user to Canada’s Low Risk Drinking Guidelines as a way of setting targets for cutting down. These guidelines, by the way, are built to minimize risk from alcohol as it relates to chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and stroke. When drinking within the guidelines, a drinker would share roughly the same chance at good overall health compared to a non-drinker, statistically speaking – and that’s a good thing .

As you may know, it is sometimes difficult to know how much you’ve consumed, due to variations in glass-size or alcohol content, not being able to measure when pouring, and other factors. With a few moments, Saying When helps figure out these calculations.

Very clever.

It’s probably worth mentioning here that this App is not for those dependent on alcohol. It’s for people who drink moderately, who might want to live a lot longer by trimming their consumption down, and thus lowering their health risks.

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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