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Researchers Find Anti-Alcohol App to be Effective

A study conducted by the University Hospital of Lausanne (Chuv) and published in the British Medical Journal has found that the use of the Swiss-developed app Smaart has significantly reduced alcohol consumption among students. After one year of using the app, participants consumed 10% less alcohol per week and 11% fewer days of excessive drinking per month. Excessive drinking was defined as four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men. The app was developed by researchers from Chuv in collaboration with students from the University of Lausanne (Unil), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), the Hospitality Business School (EHL) and the Haute Ecole de Santé Vaud (Hesav). The study was conducted on 738 students with an average age of 22 in Switzerland, all of whom had an unhealthy drinking habit. The app assesses the user's alcohol consumption and indicates whether it poses a health risk. Alcohol consumption is one of the main causes of health problems and mortality among young people, especially among students, according to Chuv. The study found that the use of the Smaart app significantly reduced alcohol consumption among students, leading to improved health outcomes.nnnnnnnnnn


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