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Australian Government, Vodafone Develop App to Help Boozers Fight the Urge to Drink

by Julia Samuel on April 28, 2015 at 6:18 PM

Australian Government, Vodafone Develop App to Help Boozers Fight the Urge to Drink
A smartphone app has been designed to diagnose drinking habits help people reduce their dependence on alcohol. The app measures how healthy, risky or dangerous they may be. It then offers a range of challenges to complete instead of drinking such as sober karaoke, drink-free dating and being the designated driver on nights out, Herald Sun reported.

Chris Raine of the Australia-based not-for-profit movement Hello Sunday Morning said that the new app pushed education into the tech space and empowered people to seek simple, fast advice at the touch of their smartphone. "It's really exciting. There is a big need for it in Australia and around the world to help people change their drinking habits. It's an easy way to help people," said Raine.
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The app, powered by Vodafone and funded by the Abbott government, also allows users to see how many other people in their pub, club or local area are going booze-free and completing the same challenges.

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine chair Diana Egerton-Warburton predicted the app would be a success because it helped build awareness of people's own habits. Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash said the app would appeal to tech-savvy Australians, who could use their phone to monitor their health.

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