Fitness trackers like FitBit and other wearable technology to track your movement, heart rate and other vital signs are an interesting trend in health and wellness. The manufacturers claim the device’s ability to create a healthy lifestyle through data, but you don’t have to look far to find examples of how they can fall short. The watch becomes a distraction from exercise, or the novelty of tracking your steps wears off as the healthy lifestyle seems ever harder to attain.
Apps for tracking your sobriety don’t exactly need an expensive device to function well. Most apps are fancy calculators that estimate how much money you’ve saved by not drinking. Others have inspirational quotes, and there’s even an app to find local AA meetings. This company attempted to make a wearable device that could analyze your blood alcohol level raised and refunded thousands of dollars on IndieGoGo.
Much like fitness, moderation of alcohol is something that attracts attention from companies. Diet pills and fad fitness classes are alongside many products and organizations that promise a life free of alcohol. The pros and cons are numerous and they aren’t all bad, but the thing that seems to keep coming up in my readings and experience is that you’re the one that’s got to put down the bottle.
An app can’t dump out all your beer. A smartwatch won’t schedule your birthday party at a bowling alley instead of a nightclub. Reading a few posts on a blog won’t help you find the reasons you started drinking heavily in the first place. You’re smarter than a smartphone, and to succeed you’ve got to dig deeper than the tool.
This post is a part of a series of Sober October themed blog posts to serve as inspiration to those who are abstaining from alcohol for the month of October. If you think you have a serious problem with alcohol, please seek medical advice. Resources are available here.
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