We’re entering into unprecedented times, where tech is gaining an even bigger foothold in our lives. AI is the current talk of the town, and for good reason. We’re at the precipice of some very big potential changes to our society, our world, and our day to day lives.
The day to day life of an alcohol can be a challenging one. There’s always this little voice whispering, trying to get you to do things that you know you shouldn’t be doing. If you’re lucky, the voice is whispering, however for many people – that voice is screaming, at full volume, from morning to night.
Alcoholism is a particularly difficult struggle since it involves a physical addiction and dependency, along with a mental one. When you drink a lot, you’ll start to actually feel sick when you go without it, as most alcoholics can attest to.
Anyways, there are a lot of different strategies and techniques that exist to help someone combat alcoholism and to overcome it. Some can be more effective than others, but it really comes down to the individual.
What works for one person might not work for the next. So, what if there was a way to leverage AI to help an individual figure out the best way for them to stop drinking? Is that something AI can even do?
Stop Drinking? Here’s What AI Cannot Do…
At the end of the day, an alcohol needs to simply stop consuming alcohol. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple! It’s easier said that done. The problem is complex, the solution is hard to find, but eventually something has to click where the individual stops buying alcohol, stops consuming it, and manages to maintain their sobriety.
The AI can’t stop you from buying a bottle. The AI can’t stop you from mixing a drink at home, or going out with friends. The AI can’t stop you from picking up that glass and putting it to your lips and swallowing. That’s something you need to do yourself.
Here’s How AI Can Help You Quit Alcohol…
An AI can help you track your progress and look for weak spots, for exampling by helping you figure out your triggers for drinking. It can look for patterns and help you avoid the things that make you want to drink. The AI can give you suggestions and ideas on how to stop drinking, and it can tailor them to you as an individual.
Ultimately, it’s you who has to make the decision and then follow-through on not drinking, but there are numerous ways in which artificial intelligence can be tailored to help you stop drinking.
There are some initial apps and sites that exist to leverage AI in the battle against alcoholism, but we’re just at the very beginning.
The Future of AI for Sobriety
Imagine an app that tracks your heart rate on your smart watch, your location using GPS, your mood, your activity levels, and everything else that our devices can track, and imagine it uses this to determine when you might be at a higher risk to drink alcohol, then it pings you with a message or a reminder about why you’re staying sober.
What if an AI could recognize when someone is on their way to the liqueur store, and then it shows them a picture of their son or daughter or another loved one? What if it could tap into emotional triggers to counter the trigger to drink? What if it could connect them with a counselor when they’re most vulnerable to drinking?
There’s a lot of possibility here, and we’ve only scratched the surface. We don’t know the full impact AI can have on our society, but one thing is for certain: There is a lot of potential to help people!