VetChange app

An app to help you cut down on or quit drinking.
VetChange By US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Goal setting
  • Tracking
  • Graphs and reporting
  • Counter

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Country of origin  United States
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Security and privacy Does the app:
  • collect medical information? Yes
  • require a login? No
  • have password protection? Yes
  • have a privacy policy? Yes
  • require internet access? No
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Cost Free

What does the app do?

VetChange app is for people wanting to cut back on their drinking and to learn how to manage post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Although there is a focus on veterans and military service members, other people can also benefit from this app. 

With this app, you input how much alcohol you  drink and your goals. The app helps you track your progress with how much alcohol you drink, and whether or not you have reached your goals. The app also motivates you to stay on track with your goals, and provides tools to manage urges as well as mental wellbeing issues that may arise, such as sadness and anxiety.    

For the complete app description, go to the app website(external link), Google Play(external link), App Store(external link) or, for a more detailed review, see Reviews


✔ Menus are simple and intuitive, and allow you to easily find what you need.

✔ Modules are interactive, brief and engaging.

✔ The app has warnings about alcohol withdrawal if you set goals to reduce your drinking too quickly.

✔ You can create a customised action plan to combat urges.

✔ It has modules to help you manage wellbeing issues, such as sadness, anxiety, boredom and sleep problems.

✘ After the initial setup, you input alcohol consumption in units rather than by volume and type of drink. This relies on you accurately estimating the alcohol content of your drink.  

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Review details

Date of review: April 2021
Platform reviewed: Apple iOS
Version: 2.0 (61) 

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Credits: Healthify Editorial Team

Reviewed by: Dr Peter Ou, GP and Clinical Editor, Auckland Regional HealthPathways

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