With our funding support, Hello Sunday Morning partnered with the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University to evaluate the effectiveness of their Daybreak program after three months use.
The Daybreak program is
a digital app developed as an intervention to support high-risk drinking
individuals to change their relationship with alcohol. Since, 2016 more than
50,000 people have used the Daybreak app, including over 1,200 people who
received personalised health
through our partnership with Hello Sunday Morning in FY19.
As part of this
partnership, the NDRI conducted an evaluation of 793 individuals who used Daybreak
and found positive benefits for both lower and higher risk drinkers
after three months.
Results included a
significant reduction in alcohol consumption per week on average, from 37
drinks to 17 drinks, improvement in psychological distress scores from moderate
distress levels to a healthy level, and a reduced number of days that
problematic drinking hindered normal daily activities such as work and family
70 per cent of study participants classed as "probably dependent" more than halved
their alcohol consumption while using Daybreak,
from 40.8 standard drinks a week to 20.1 standard drinks.
Alcohol consumption among "risky/harmful" drinkers dropped from
22.9 standard drinks a week to 11.9 standard drinks, which is below National
Health and Medical Research Council guidelines that recommend no more than 14
drinks a week.
Senior Research Fellow, Dr Robert Tait, who led the evaluation, said that "while
our evaluation only focused on a small group of people over three months, the
reductions in alcohol consumption achieved indicate the potential for online
interventions to help people with more entrenched alcohol problems, which is
particularly significant given the wide potential reach of online
Executive Officer, Amy Tribe, said the results of the research demonstrate the
important difference digital health interventions can make to the health and
wellbeing of Australians.
sleep, less weight gain, improved relationships and better mental health are
all benefits that go hand in hand with a more positive relationship with
alcohol so it's great to see organisations like Hello Sunday Morning helping so
many Aussies to make positive changes in their lives," she added.
out more about the research into Hello Sunday Morning's Daybreak program, click here. You can also check out their app here.