Initial prototype testing of Ray's Night Out: A new mobile app targeting risky drinking in young people

Pocuca, Nina, Hides, Leanne, Zelenko, Oksana, Quek, Lake-Hui, Stoyanov, Stoyan, Tulloch, Kristen, Johnson, Daniel, Tjondronegoro, Dian, & Kavanagh, David J. (2016) Initial prototype testing of Ray's Night Out: A new mobile app targeting risky drinking in young people. Computers in Human Behavior, 54, pp. 207-214.

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Risky single occasion drinking (RSOD; 4 or more drinks in <6 h) more than doubles the risk of injury in young people (15 - 25 years). The potential role of smartphone apps in reducing RSOD in young people is yet to be explored. Objective: To describe the initial prototype testing of ‘Ray's Night Out’, a new iPhone app targeting RSOD in young people.


Quantitative and qualitative methods were used to evaluate the quality, perceived utility, and acceptability of the app among nine young people (19e23 years).


Participants reported Ray's Night Out had good to excellent levels of functionality and visual appeal, acceptable to good levels of entertainment, interest and information, and acceptable levels of customization and interactivity. Young people thought the app had high levels of youth appeal, would prompt users to think about their alcohol use limits, but was unlikely to motivate a change in alcohol use in its current form. Qualitative data provided several suggestions for improving the app.


Following revision, Ray's Night Out could provide an effective intervention for RSOD in non help-seeking young people. A randomized controlled trial is currently underway to test the final prototype of the app.

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ID Code: 90415
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Risky single occasion drinking, Alcohol, Binge drinking, Mobile, Application, Young people
DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2015.07.033
ISSN: 0747-5632
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution; Non-Commercial; No-Derivatives 4.0 International. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2015.07.033
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2015 22:43
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2017 09:07

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