Online CheckUp an Effective Tool in Fight Against Alcohol Consumption

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The CheckUp is an online program designed to help people develop a better understanding of their drinking, consider whether or not to change, and explore how to make those changes if they choose to.

“With the tools available at CheckUp & Choices and appropriate support, many heavy drinkers can successfully cut back or stop drinking,” Dr. Reid Hester.

Last year, more than 66 million people in the United States reported binge drinking in the past month, according to the new Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the many negative consequences caused by heavy drinking, including poor health outcomes, relationship problems, poor performance at work and adverse financial impacts.

Digital tools may be a way to curb the findings in the Surgeon General’s report. CheckUp & Choices, the leading provider of digital tools to help people better understand and regulate their drinking, has an online tool to help people learn more about their drinking: the CheckUp. And the holiday season – when many people drink more than they would like to – is a time when many people consider changing their drinking habits as part of New Year’s resolutions.

“Many people set New Year’s resolutions in hopes of reducing the amount of alcohol they drink, but have no tools to help them accomplish their goal. That's where the CheckUp comes in,” said CheckUp & Choices co-founder Dr. Reid Hester, a clinical psychologist and Fellow in the Addictions Division of the American Psychological Association. “It’s critical to provide those seeking help with a pathway toward a healthier lifestyle. Someone who is considering making a change will be more motivated to do so after receiving valid, non-judgmental feedback about their current behavior.”

The CheckUp helps drinkers take an in-depth look at their drinking and get objective feedback, methods to cut back through proven moderate drinking techniques, and a set of cognitive behavioral tools to help people stop drinking and/or using drugs.

People who took the CheckUp reported a significant reduction in both their alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems, according to a clinical trial reported in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

“With the tools available at CheckUp & Choices and appropriate support, many heavy drinkers can successfully cut back or stop drinking,” Dr. Hester said.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Dr. Reid Hester, a clinical psychologist and Director of the Research Division at CheckUp & Choices, is available to comment on a wide variety of alcohol and substance abuse disorders, including evidence-based moderation tools. Contact melanie(at)checkupandchoices(dot)com for more information.

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Melanie Kaye
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