Innovative new app launched to help NI workers keep tabs on their drinking habits

ADDICTION NI, in partnership with Business in the Community, has developed a new mobile phone app to help employees across Northern Ireland keep track of their drinking habits by calculating the number of units in their drinks and how long their body will take to process the alcohol.

Launched to coincide with Alcohol Awareness Week, the new DrinkWatch application is available for download for Android and iPhone users. It allows users to add the drinks they have consumed and the time they consumed them. The app will then approximate how long it will take for the user’s body to process the alcohol. It will also issue a warning if the user travels over 4mph! Other tools within the application include:

  • Alcohol calorie counter
  • Cost calculator
  • Drinks diary
  • Information on harm reduction
  • Tips for reducing your alcohol intake
  • Guidance on government guidelines

The app has been developed as part of Drink, Work & Me, an employer-led, pioneering programme that seeks to help employees understand the wider impacts of alcohol, assisting them to make informed choices when using it. Twenty companies have already participated in the programme which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

Thelma Abernethy, CEO, Addiction NI commented: “It’s great to see an issue that was highlighted by so many during the delivery of our programme being addresses in this innovative way. The DrinkWatch application helps people to understand their unit intake and hopefully it will encourage them to use alcohol in as safe a way as possible.”

Amy Kieran from Business in the Community added: “We’ve been working with Addiction NI to deliver the Drink, Work & Me Programme for over three years and one concern that is often highlighted by participants is that they don’t know how to accurately calculate or quantify what they drink and how long it takes from them to process the alcohol consumed, particularly the morning after.

“The DrinkWatch app is a great way to help solve this issue and we hope it will be a valuable resource for employees across Northern Ireland.”

Alcohol Awareness Week runs from Monday 14 November to Sunday 20 November 2016. The theme for this year is ‘Know the Risks’.

The DrinkWatch app can be downloaded from the Play Store for Android users and the Apple Store for iPhone users. For more information on Drink, Work & Me, visit