MONTREAL, Dec. 17, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - This Christmas and New Year
Holiday season, Éduc'alcool has two gifts for the people of Quebec: a
couple of brand new tools that will help them control their drinking
and make it even easier to follow the low-risk drinking guidelines. One
is the Calcoholator, a smartphone app with an integrated standard drink measure - itself a technological breakthrough and world premiere - and the other
is the Drink Dashboard.
"It's great when people understand and stick to drinking limits and
standard drink sizes; it's even better when they have access to
easy-to-use tools that help with the process. That's why we developed
these simple, user-friendly apps: to make Quebecers aware of the
importance of counting their drinks and measuring how much alcohol each
one contains," said Hubert Sacy, Chief Executive of Éduc'alcool.
Calcoholator: Measuring the size of each drink
The new Calcoholator, with its integrated standard drink measure, is the smartphone
version of the Éduc'alcool app. It allows users to measure the size
(volume) of different types of alcoholic drinks, and indicates whether
or not it's a standard drink. If it's not, the app shows how much to
remove or add to achieve the correct amount.
The simple, practical app is available free in English or French for
Apple and Android devices. It also estimates the amount of time people
need to wait until their blood alcohol content drops below the legal
limit for driving in Quebec. "It goes without saying that this
information is intended as a guideline only and has no legal value. As
carefully designed as the application is, it is no substitute for good
judgement. Its purpose is not to make decisions for those who drink, but to help them make enlightened decisions to ensure
responsible drinking and behaviour," added Hubert Sacy.
Here's how it works. Say you have a drink in front of you and you want
to know how much is actually in the glass. You hold a bank card (or
other card of the same size) beside the drink for scale, then take a
picture of the drink and card together.
When the image is displayed, you click/touch the 2 upper corners of the
card, and then the 4 corners of the liquid in the glass.
The app then tells you whether or not you have a standard drink and how
much to remove or add to achieve the correct amount, if necessary.
Drink Dashboard: Tracking and controlling alcohol intake
The Drink Dashboard (http://www.drinkdashboard.com/) is an online tool to help people monitor and understand their
drinking. It also provides other helpful information, including the
impact of alcohol on health, the definition of a standard drink,
calorie contents, and calorie equivalents in terms of common foods and
"Quebecers are increasingly attentive to their health and they're
becoming much more aware of the problems related to being overweight.
With this tool they can track how many calories they are ingesting in
the form of alcohol, see the food equivalent of those calories, and
find out how much exercise it would take to burn them off," explained
The Drink Dashboard features a variety of functions, including an
analysis of a person's alcohol intake over 7-day periods.
The Calcoholator mobile app is extremely convenient not only during the festive
Holiday season, but throughout the year. The Drink Dashboard is a handy
tracker to help people control their drinking and become more aware of
its impact. "Both tools make the concept of the standard drink very
real and help drinkers stick to the recommended limits of 2 drinks a
day for women and 3 a day for men. We are thus continuing to instill,
in people's minds and their glasses, the fundamental notion that
moderation is always in good taste," concluded Hubert Sacy.
For further information:
514 667-0196, poste 410
Cellulaire : 514 346-6572