The Doctor Says, Inc., a doctor-led mobile health app developer, introduced a new mobile application to help users screen for and take action on alcohol abuse and the disease of alcoholism. The new Alcohol Abuse Predictor, rolled out January 28, uses a research-based questionnaire to help patients determine if they are at risk from these commonly experienced disorders, get information and seek medical treatment when needed.
"Our goal is to put information into the hands of patients and help them get the help they need to overcome common but serious disorders," remarked Dr. Christopher Culligan, CEO of The Doctor Says, in a company news release.
The app compares drinking patterns to other people around the world and provides answers to commonly asked questions about alcohol abuse, including: ‘How much alcohol can people drink?’ ‘What countries consume the most alcohol?’ ‘And does drinking cause depression?’ Helpful advice includes tips for cutting back.
The app is available immediately for Android-powered phones and will be available soon for iOS (Apple) and Blackberry devices.
The app got the attention of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, Inc. (NCADD) a leading non-governmental voice for changing attitudes and understanding about alcohol use disorders in the United States. NCADD, which typically does not promote commercial products, posted info about the app on its website.
This is the second recent, high-profile launch of a mobile application discouraging alcohol misuse. In early January, the “Drinking Mirror” application became available, geared mainly toward female drinkers, to show how alcohol can change a person’s appearance over years of alcohol abuse. (See the examiner.com story here.)