Mobile phone apps for behavioral interventions for at-risk drinkers in Australia: literature Review

Choo, Carol C., and Burton, André D. (2018) Mobile phone apps for behavioral interventions for at-risk drinkers in Australia: literature Review. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth, 6 (2). e18.

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Background: The mobile technology era has ushered in the use of mobile phone apps for behavioral intervention for at-risk drinkers.

Objective: Our objective was to review recent research relevant to mobile phone apps that can be used for behavioral intervention for at-risk drinkers in Australia.

Methods: The inclusion criteria for this review were articles published in peer-reviewed journals from 2001 to 2017 with use of the search terms "smartphone application," "alcohol," "substance," "behavioural intervention," "electronic health," and "mobile health."

Results: In total, we identified 103 abstracts, screened 90 articles, and assessed 50 full-text articles that fit the inclusion criteria for eligibility. We included 19 articles in this review.

Conclusions: This review highlighted the paucity of evidence-based and empirically validated research into effective mobile phone apps that can be used for behavioral interventions with at-risk drinkers in Australia.

Item ID: 53464
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2291-5222
Keywords: problem drinking, alcohol drinking, eHealth, telemedicine, smartphone, mobile applications, behavioral intervention, risk reduction behavior, review
Copyright Information: Copyright © Carol C Choo, André A D Burton. Originally published in JMIR Mhealth and Uhealth (, 13.02.2018. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work, first published in JMIR mhealth and uhealth, is properly cited. The complete bibliographic information, a link to the original publication on, as well as this copyright and license information must be included.
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Funders: James Cook University (JCU)
Projects and Grants: JCU Internal Research Grant CRT/2016/19
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2018 07:49
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