Alcohol Use Disorders (88) Alcohol industry and misinformation (5)

25 February, 2024

I am getting further reports of people being misinformed by DrinkAware's Drinking Check tool.

I have tried the test again, entering that I drink 5-6 units of alcohol per day (which is seriously heavy drinking), and being told "Great news! You are at lower risk of alcohol-related problems"

We have established there is a big problem. What is the cause? It seems unbelievable that this is deliberate misinformation. I suspect there is an error in the software. If so, this has continued for at least 3 days, potentially misinforming up to 900 people per day who reportedly take the test.

I invite you to take the test yourself - enter 5-6 units per day and let us know the result.

The URL is:

The tool invites you to enter your (UK) postcode. To complete the test, you can enter the HIFA postcode OX7 3PN (O=letter 'o', not zero).

Share your findings and comments by email to:

I look forward to resolving this with your help.

Many thanks, Neil

HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of HIFA (Healthcare Information For All), a global health community that brings all stakeholders together around the shared goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information. HIFA has 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting in four languages and representing all parts of the global evidence ecosystem. HIFA is administered by Global Healthcare Information Network, a UK-based nonprofit in official relations with the World Health Organization. Email: