Smartphone app curbs dangerous drinking, study finds

A study from researchers at the Swedish Linkoping University shows that a digital support tool on a smartphone can help reduce dangerous drinking, according to an Aug. 5 report from The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

The study broke a group of Swedish adults classified as risky drinkers into two groups. One group was told to motivate themselves to drink less. The other group was given access to a digital tool that sent them a messageevery Sunday asking them to assess their drinking.

The second group saw a near 25 percent decrease in drinking, according to the report. 

Researchers are now working on developing the tool into a mobile application available for the general public.

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