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Information about Drinking for Ex-serving personnel (InDEx)

The InDEx project is a collaboration between King's Centre for Military Health Research and University of Liverpool, with phase one funded by the Medical Research Council.

It is well known that alcohol problems are more common in the UK military than in the rest of the population. Levels of alcohol consumption and binge drinking (drinking lots of alcohol in a short space of time) are almost twice as high. But levels of drinking do not seem to decrease when someone leaves the UK Armed Forces. Previously, several studies suggest that personnel in the UK Armed Forces drink more than the general population.

Research has shown that electronic interventions, which aim to help someone lower the amount they drink, can be helpful. These treatments which have been developed for the general population may also be suitable for people from the military, but changes will need to be made to make it suitable to a military population.

Phase 1 developed an electronic intervention, which is delivered through a mobile phone app, to help people transitioning and service leavers of the UK Armed Forces to lower their alcohol consumption and to drink less using rule-based personalisation.

Laura Goodwin
Dr Laura Goodwin

Lecturer in Epidemiology - University of Liverpool

Nicola Fear
Professor Nicola Fear

Professor of Epidemiology - King's College London

Daniel Leightley
Dr Daniel Leightley

Post-Doctoral Research Associate - King's College London

Matt Field
Professor Matt Field

Professor of Psychology - University of Liverpool

Colin Drummond
Professor Colin Drummond

Professor of Addiction Psychiatry - King's College London

Roberto Rona
Professor Roberto Rona

Professor of Public Health Medicine - King's College London

Toktam Mahmoodi
Dr Toktam Mahmoodi

Lecturer in Telecommunications - King's College London

Toktam Mahmoodi
Lt Col Norman Jones ARRC PhD

Head of Academic Department of Defence Mental Health - King's College London

Updated 18/12/2017


Acceptability of a tailored mobile alcohol intervention for ex-serving military personnel: A qualitative assessment
Jo-Anne Puddephatt, Daniel Leightley, Laura Palmer, Norman Jones, Toktam Mahmoodi, Colin Drummond, Roberto Rona, Nicola T Fear, Matt Field and Laura Goodwin Journal of Internet Medical Research: mHealth & uHealth, 2019.

Alcohol misuse is more common in the armed forces than post-traumatic stress disorder
Daniel Leightley, Jo-Anne Puddephatt, Laura Goodwin and Nicola T. FearThe Conversation, 2019.

InDEx: An app to manage alcohol misuse in veterans
Daniel Leightley and Laura Goodwin Veterans' Mental Health Conference, 2019.

A Smartphone App and Personalized Text Messaging Framework (InDEx) to Monitor and Reduce Alcohol Use in Ex-Serving Personnel: Development and Feasibility Study
Daniel Leightley, Jo-Anne Puddephatt, Norman Jones, Toktam Mahmoodi, Zoe Chui, Matt Field, Colin Drummond, Roberto J. Rona, Nicola T Fear and Laura Goodwin Journal of Internet Medical Research: mHealth & uHealth, 2018.

InDEx: Open source iOS and Android software for self-reporting and monitoring of alcohol consumption
Daniel Leightley, Jo-Anne Puddephatt, Laura Goodwin, Roberto Rona and Nicola T. Fear. Journal of Open Research Software, 2018.

Information about Drinking for Ex-serving personnel: Development of a smartphone application (app) for alcohol monitoring
Daniel Leightley, Jo-Anne Puddephatt and Laura Goodwin. 4th Annual Conference - Behaviour Change for Health: Digital & Beyond, 2018.

Information about Drinking for Ex-serving personnel Public Engagement Event
Laura Goodwin, Jo-Anne Puddephatt, Daniel Leightley. University of Liverpool in London, 2018.