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Smartphone app launched to help patients monitor drinking habits

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A liver charity has developed a new smartphone app that tracks frequency of weekly alcohol consumption.

The Spruce app is the first that focuses on the frequency of drink throughout the week, according to the British Liver Trust.

“The Spruce app will support many people in a much healthier lifestyle”

Andrew Langford

In contrast, most other alcohol related applications ask their user to record every drink on a night out.

The new app, which is free to download, is intended to promote three consecutive days of no drinking, the period that research shows the liver needs to detoxify and regenerate.

The charity said research had shown that people who used Spruce were three times more likely (64%) to achieve a three-day dry streak than a control group (24%).

Andrew Langford, chief executive of the British Liver Trust, said: “It is vital that many of us reduce our drinking – taking three consecutive days off a week, and drinking safely when you do, can ensure your liver has the best possible chance of being as healthy as possible.

“The Spruce app will support many people in a much healthier lifestyle,” he said.

The app is specifically designed for young people who drink frequently. However, the charity highlighted that it was also for anyone who wanted to be healthier and were worried about how often they drink.

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