Study: Smartphone app helps alcoholics stay sober

March 27, 2014 12:56:27 AM PDT
Trying to stay sober after recovering from alcoholism? There's an app for that.

Actually, there is a series of smartphone apps to help people trying to keep from falling off the wagon. And a team of researchers that has looked at one of them say such apps can be a good way to help people avoid relapses into alcohol abuse.

The study found that adults who were released from inpatient alcoholism treatment centers and got free sober smartphones reported fewer drinking days and more overall abstinence than those who got the usual follow-up support. One caveat to the report.

The results of the study were based on patients self-reporting whether they resumed drinking. The study is published online in JAMA Psychiatry.

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