Drinks :Ration provides tailored support to help you cut down your drinking by learning your drinking behaviours.
Drinks :Ration automatically detects changes in your drinking behaviour and provides real time tailored support to help you cut down.
Drinks :Ration gives you control of your data, and you can request a copy, delete or change the data you give us at any time.
Drinks :Ration is a smartphone app designed to reduce alcohol misuse in the Armed Forces through the application of digital technology and behavioural change theory. This combination means that Drinks :Ration and the messages we send to you are personalised around your own goals and lifestyle. This allows us to support you to make changes you want to your drinking.
We need your mobile number to allow us to send you personalised messages to help cut down your drinking. You can stop these messages at any time by replying STOP or by heading to the 'Settings' tab in the app.
You can access your data at any time by going to the ‘Settings’ tab and clicking ‘Download my data’ – within 24 hours you will be sent via SMS message a unique link to download your data. Please note that this link only stays active for 24 hours.
Only those involved in managing Drinks :Ration will have access to personally identifiable data. We will not share personally identifiable data with anyone outside the research team. However, we may publish data such as drinking diary, questionnaire scores and physical health status anonymously. You can opt-out of this data sharing at any time through the 'Settings' tab.
In 2016 the Medical Research Council funded the design, development and feasibility of an app to support Armed Forces personnel who drink at a
hazardous level. It was with this grant that
Drinks :Ration was born.
To test the validity of Drinks :Ration, we trialled it in 31 veterans of the UK Armed Forces and interviewed 29 of them to gain their feedback about the app.
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