Drinks :Ration - an Android and iOS app for Armed Forces personnel
Feel better and save money by drinking less alcohol


Drinks :Ration has been designed to help you monitor and manage your alcohol consumption. The app allows you to set goals and compare the amount you drink to others.


Drinks :Ration provides tailored support to help you cut down your drinking by learning your drinking behaviours.


Drinks :Ration automatically detects changes in your drinking behaviour and provides real time tailored support to help you cut down.


Drinks :Ration gives you control of your data, and you can request a copy, delete or change the data you give us at any time.


Don't worry if your question is not answered here, you can always get in touch to ask us your question!

What is Drinks :Ration?

Drinks :Ration is a smartphone app designed to reduce alcohol misuse in the Armed Forces through the application of digital technology and behavioural change theory. This combination means that Drinks :Ration and the messages we send to you are personalised around your own goals and lifestyle. This allows us to support you to make changes you want to your drinking.

Who created Drinks :Ration?

Drinks :Ration is a collaborative project between King’s Centre for Military Health Research, Combat Stress. and University of Liverpool.

Why do you need my mobile number?

We need your mobile number to allow us to send you personalised messages to help cut down your drinking. You can stop these messages at any time by replying STOP or by heading to the 'Settings' tab in the app.

Can I get access to my data?

You can email us at [email protected] to request a copy.

Who has access to my data?

Only those involved in managing Drinks :Ration will have access to personally identifiable data. We will not share personally identifiable data with anyone outside the research team. However, we may publish data such as drinking diary, questionnaire scores and physical health status anonymously. You can opt-out of this data sharing at any time through the 'Settings' tab.

I have another question?

Please send us an email to [email protected] or contact Dr Daniel Leightley.


  • 2016

    From inception to funding

    In 2016 the Medical Research Council funded the design, development and feasibility of an app to support Armed Forces personnel who drink at a hazardous level. It was from this grant that
    Drinks :Ration was born.

  • 2017

    Feasibility trial

    To test the validity of Drinks :Ration, we trialled it in 31 veterans of the UK Armed Forces, and interviewed 29 of them to gain their feedback about the app.

  • 2018

    The results: feasibility trial

    After analysing all the data, we found that Drinks :Ration was a feasible way of supporting the Armed Forces in reducing the amount they drink. We published the code open source and published our qualitative and quantitative findings.

  • 2019

    Media attention

    The success of Drinks :Ration attracted media attention from the Metro, Independent and The Telegraph.

  • 2019-2022

    Randomised Controlled Trial: Combat Stress

    With funding from the Forces in Mind Trust, and in collaboration with Combat Stress, we are conducting a Randomised Controlled Trial of Drinks :Ration with veterans who have received treatment for a mental health condition.

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Dan Leightley

Dan Leightley

Laura Goodwin

Laura Goodwin

Dominic Murphy

Dominic Murphy

Nicola Fear

Nicola Fear

Roberto Rona

Roberto Rona

Maj PA Simms

Maj PA Simms

James Shearer

James Shearer

Charlotte Williamson

Charlotte Williamson​

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