Journal article

Assessment of alcohol intake: Retrospective measures versus a smartphone application

Antoinette Poulton, Jason Pan, Loren Richard Bruns, Richard O Sinnott, Robert Hester



INTRODUCTION: Research investigating problem drinking often relies on retrospective measures to assess alcohol consumption behaviour. Limitations associated with such instruments can, however, distort actual consumption levels and patterns. We developed the smartphone application (app), CNLab-A, to assess alcohol intake behaviour in real-time. METHODS: Healthy individuals (N=671, M age 23.12) completed demographic questions plus the Alcohol Use Questionnaire and a 21-day Timeline Followback before using CNLab-A for 21days. The app asked participants to record alcohol consumption details in real time. We compared data reported via retrospective measures with that captured using CNLab-A. RESUL..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council grant

Awarded by Australian Research Council fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council grant (1050766), and an Australian Research Council fellowship (FT110100088). The funding bodies had no role in the study design, collection, analysis or interpretation of data, writing the manuscript, or in the decision to submit the paper for publication.