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.
Using data collected at sign-up, InDEx provides customised in-app feedback and SMS messaging.
To support self-monitoring and alcohol reduction, InDEx sends you frequent supportive SMS text messages. .
To help you save for that trip, have more drink free days or simply drink less, InDEx is built around visual feedback provides feedback on progress towards achieving goal(s) set.
Lecturer in Epidemiology - University of Liverpool
Professor of Epidemiology - King's College London
Post-Doctoral Research Associate - King's College London
Professor of Psychology - University of Liverpool
Professor of Addiction Psychiatry - King's College London
Professor of Public Health Medicine - King's College London
Lecturer in Telecommunications - King's College London
Head of Academic Department of Defence Mental Health - King's College London
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.