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Alcohol Measuring and Counting Tool

How much is too much? It's tricky to tell if that pour of wine was way too much (the bottle did feel suspiciously light after)—or if drinking light beer means you can have two cans instead of one. Sunnyside helps you track and measure your alcohol, building a meaningful awareness around how much you drink. Through the app, you'll learn how to measure drink sizes, evaluate your drinking patterns, and commit to a personalized action plan based on your wellness goals.

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How much alcohol is in a standard drink?

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), one standard drink contains about 14g of undiluted, pure alcohol. To put this into perspective, a standard drink is equal to a standard 12 oz can of regular beer or a 5 oz serving of 12% ABV wine. Meanwhile, 1.5 oz of 40% distilled spirit is also considered a standard drink. These measurements are helpful but do not always portray the serving sizes you'll get in restaurants, bars, or at home. Plus, the alcohol content of different drinks varies wildly. So it can be challenging to gauge the actual alcohol content of your drinks.

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How much alcohol is too much per day?

The recommended limit per day is really not as much as it's commonly perceived to be! According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, men should limit their alcohol intake to just two or fewer standard drinks per day. Meanwhile, women should consume one or fewer standard drinks per day. These limits are based on 'standard drinks'—in other words, a 5 oz serving of 12% ABV white wine is not equivalent to a 5 oz serving of 18% ABV sherry. Hence, keeping an eye on the ABV of your favorite tipples may be worthwhile. Overpouring is also common, even more so that some wine glasses are large enough to hold an entire bottle of wine (we kid you not)!

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How can I measure and track my drinking?

The best way to track your drinking is by using a mindful drinking app like Sunnyside. Of course, manually logging your intake in a diary could also be very useful. But that isn't as quick and convenient as having an app that does most of the heavy lifting for you. Through the app, you'll learn how to estimate and measure drink sizes. Sunnyside will also send daily prompts and reminders to log your drinking and keep you accountable along your journey—while supporting you in a judgment-free space.

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Why should I measure and track my alcohol consumption?

Measuring and tracking your alcohol informs you if you're drinking too much. Though this sounds very simple, many people aren't aware that their alcohol consumption patterns are harming their physical and mental wellness. Because the short-term effects of alcohol can make you feel good, it's natural for us to give leeway to certain things—like a bigger pour of wine or "just one more drink." Tracking your intake allows you to reflect on, reform, and redirect your habits to foster healthier and sustainable ones. This may look like stopping alcohol entirely or simply cutting back.

How can Sunnyside help me measure and track my drinking?

Sunnyside is your personal alcohol tracking diary that helps you monitor how much and how frequently you drink. Say you're looking to develop healthier drinking habits. But you don't know where to start—and understandably so. In just three minutes, you can kickstart your mindful drinking journey with Sunnyside. Through the app, you'll monitor and evaluate your drinking patterns, receive accountability messages, and talk to real-life coaches for advice (only if you want to).

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Set your high-level goals

Tell us a little about yourself and your goals so we can personalize your experience. This is a judgment-free zone.

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Commit to a weekly plan

Every week we’ll give you a recommended drink plan for the week ahead to help you reach your goals, which you can adjust.

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Track your drinks

Via a simple text-message interface, we’ll remind you to track your drinks every day, and provide nudges to stack on target.

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Get daily motivation & tips

Our upbeat and positive eduation, motivation, tips, and tricks will keep you on track every day of the week.

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Text real coaches

Our real human coaches are available for you, no matter what you need. Text them for help or a nudge at any time.

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Measure your progress

See how your new habits add up to better sleep, money saved, and an improved diet in your web dashboard.

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Why People Are Saying Sunnyside Is The Best App To Count and Measure Alcohol

You’re joining a community of members who have been through exactly what you’re going through and have achieved amazing results. Here’s what some of them have said about using Sunnyside to evaluate and redirect their drinking habits.

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These guys are not trying to change you, just your drinking habits.

When I first started I was a bit leery about the whole thing. I am 70 years old and retired and didn’t think that I needed someone to tell me how much to drink. So I took the 15 day free trial and found out that it really helped me control my drinking. These guys are not trying to change you, just your drinking habits, which has help me a lot. Sometimes I would drink just to drink and that came to a stop. I still do what I want to do, I'm just doing it differently and it really working well for me. - Rene

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The transition was easy

Over the last two years I became a bit of a heavy drinker. After 84 days with Sunnyside, I'm now a moderate drinker, on my way to becoming a social drinking. The transition was easier than I thought. -Ted

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I cannot believe it actually worked.

I've been trying to cut back on my drinking for years and this is the only way I've actually done it. I'm so extremely happy with just the mindfulness that it has provided me. It's not judgy. It doesn't make you quit immediately. It is just a way to cut back and be mindful of your drinking and I really appreciate it. It's honestly transformed my life. -Stefani

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Simple & sustainable

I love this program - it’s simple and supportive. I feel like I’m on my way to making some lasting changes without ever feeling shamed. Also the coaches are real & respond personally (not just bots). -Lucy

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Measuring Your Drinking Consumption With The Sunnyside App

Sunnyside members see big results in their first 30 days, and it only gets better from there. Start with your 15-day free trial, then stick with it if it’s right for you.

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Improve Health & Wellness

Feel your best, inside and out.

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Sleep more restfully

Enjoy more restful sleep and brighter mornings.

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Improve your diet

Every month you'll be cutting out unnecessary calories.

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Gain more energy

Greet the day with increased energy and focus.

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Save money

Save real cash every month by spending less on alcohol.

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Judgment-free support

We support you on your journey, despite any ups and downs.

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Join the #1 community of mindful drinkers

The Mindful Drinkers is a group for people who want to cut back on their drinking. The group is a judgment-free zone grounded in positivity. The community aims to cultivate a sense of connection for those who prefer mindfulness over the traditional “all-or-nothing” approach. You’re invited to share your story about how you integrate mindful drinking into your daily life, offer encouragement, and ask questions.

Why use Sunnyside?

Every Sunnyside membership includes all the features below, plus a free 15-day trial to make sure it’s right for you.

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Drink tracking

Sunnyside gives you simple, accurate tools to track your drinks that you’ll actually love to use.

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Weekly planning

Every Sunday we’ll share your plan for the week ahead that you can adjust and customize as needed.

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On-demand coaching

We have real human coaches available for when you need a nudge or a bit of motivation. But only if you need it.

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Daily motivation

We’ll share advice, education and motivation on a daily basis to keep you on track with your goals.

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Insights & analytics

Drinks cut, money saved, improved sleep... we’ll help you measure success in the terms that matter to you.

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Science-backed techniques

Sunnyside is easy and simple to use, but is backed by proven habit change techniques reviewed by our advisors.

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Trusted by Experts

Sunnyside utilizes proven behavior-change techniques to help you reach your goals, and it’s all reviewed by our team of experts.

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Dr. Hrishikesh Belani

Associate Medical Director of the South Los Angeles Health Center Group

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Kate Bonham

MS, LPCC, LADC - Mental Health and Chemical Health Specialist

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Nir Eyal

Habit expert, author of Hooked and Indistractable

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Adi Jaffe

Mental health & addiction expert, Author of The Abstinence Myth

"As a doctor, I've seen firsthand the difference that a better relationship with alcohol can make in a person's overall health outcomes, which is why I recommend Sunnyside to my patients."

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Frequently asked questions

Our goal is to be transparent and honest with you about Sunnyside. It’s in our DNA. Here are a couple common questions, but please email us if you have more.

Can Sunnyside help me measure and count my alcohol consumption?

The Sunnyside app helps you monitor how much and how often you drink. The app then customizes a weekly action plan based on your current goals and drinking patterns. You can also track your progress in terms of better sleep, calories avoided, and money saved. A Sunnyside subscription starts at $8.75/mo, less than the cost of two drinks. Everyone starts with a 15-day free trial to test it out. And we’re nice about refunds if it’s truly not right for you.

What are the benefits of using an app to measure and track your drinking?

Sunnyside offers professional support from the comfort of your own home. You’ll receive accountability messages, daily motivation, tips, and tricks without having to talk to anyone (unless you want to, of course!). We employ proven habit-change techniques like pre-commitment, conscious interference, and belief and positivity to help you practice better drinking habits. Our methods are reviewed by habit-change and alcohol-use experts.

Is Sunnyside a free alcohol measuring and tracking app?

We believe that everyone who drinks can benefit from more mindfulness and healthier habits. You can join Sunnyside no matter what your starting point is, and we’ll help you hit your goals, even if it means stopping drinking entirely. Sunnyside offers a 15-day free trial, and you can cancel at any time.

Is my data secure?

We take data privacy and security very seriously. We never sell your information or use your drinking data for marketing tactics. Review our Privacy Policy.

Do I have to talk to a coach?

Definitely not. Talking to a coach is completely optional. You can take advantage of the planning, tracking, behavior change, analytics, and amazing results without ever talking to anyone.

Who uses Sunnyside?

The Sunnyside community is made of thousands of people who enjoy drinking but want to create more mindfulness around their consumption, whether it’s to cut back or stop entirely. We’re moms, dads, professionals, students, and everyone in between.

Can an app help me improve my drinking habits?

Sunnyside members cut back on their drinking by an average of 30% in the first 30 days of using the app. It will, of course, take commitment, discipline, and a little time on your end. Essentially, Sunnyside acts as an accountability partner and supportive friend who gives expert advice on improving your drinking habits.

Is it easy to avoid drinking too much alcohol with the help of an app?

Changing your habits is never easy, but very possible. Sunnyside boosts your confidence and motivation, empowering you to make positive changes and be more intentional with your drinking decisions. We’re a 100% judgment-free zone. No matter your goals, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

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