Frequently asked

Mind The Sip is your go-to alcohol reduction app, tailored for people who want to reduce or eliminate their alcohol consumption but are unsure where to start. MTS is an inclusive app created by a Certified Recovery Coach open to all genders and ages (18+). 

Think of us as a coach in your pocket, helping you customise plans to achieve your alcohol reduction targets – with tools to plan your nights out, track your progress, and keep you motivated with a wealth of resources to educate and inspire.  We help users embrace a safe and healthy approach to alcohol reduction and learn how to keep it that way.

Not necessarily – Mind The Sip is about alcohol reduction and cementing a lifestyle free from hangovers, regrets and excess expense. Our mission for all members is to drink mindfully and within the health guidelines, with it being your ultimate choice whether you wish to go all the way to zero.

For sure – staying sober can require ongoing support and motivation.  Mind the Sip helps you keep on track with your new habits, prepares you for future social events which risk you wavering, and connects you with a like-minded community who share the same passion to reduce or eliminate alcohol from their lives.

Absolutely!  We never share your personal details or information.  While we encourage you to join our community, this remains your choice and, in any event, you can always remain anonymous if desired.

Mind The Sip lets you set your alcohol reduction goal and desired pace to make the change. We apply our proven strategies and support tools to help you achieve your plan.  The way this journey works is as follows:

  1. Develop a plan:
    • Recognise where you are at today: Input details of your typical ‘big’ week of drinking and we work out what base you are starting from
    • Choose your alcohol reduction goal: Tell us what target you are trying to achieve. You may be wanting to work towards zero alcohol, or simply reduce your consumption across your week or weekends..  No judgement – we are here to support your chosen alcohol reduction path 
  1. Plan your drinks: allocate your drinks for the week ahead with our custom-built drinks’ calculator. Keep an accurate account of your progress by updating your actual drinks consumed, along with spend and calories.  Conveniently repeat events and journal your moods to take note of your triggers and celebrate your wins.
  1. Harness our ‘Keep Me Accountable’ tool: to help you achieve your alcohol reduction goal:
    • for events requiring extra support elect Mind The Sip to keep you accountable. We will send you a message to see how you’re tracking, offer strategies if you feel yourself wavering and follow up with you the next day to see how you pulled up.
  1. Track your progress: our comprehensive tracking tool allows you to drill down on weekly, monthly, and yearly data for your alcohol-free days, drinks, spend and calories consumed.
  1. Educate and inspire yourself: Mind The Sip has a wealth of resources to help motivate you to keep going and lock-in your new lifestyle with less alcohol. Podcasts, trending alcohol free drinks, literature and meditations are all at your disposal.
  2. Join our community: access our private forum of Mind The Sip members and use this safe and positive community to both support your journey and offer strength to others.

We have a private Facebook group for our subscribing members. When you request access, we cross-check your email against your existing subscriptions.  Once you are a member, you are a member for life. 

Never. This is a self-paced environment.  We set recommendations for weekly consumption based on the National Health guidelines. You are in full control of allocating your drinks across your week and tapering down to suit your needs.

Not at all. You can cancel your subscription at any time.

Mind The Sip’s recommendations are aligned with local health guidelines.

Australia: the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines recommend for healthy adults:

No more than 10 standard drinks a week and no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day.

You can learn more about the revised guidelines on the NHMRC website or more general information on alcohol through the Department of Health’s website

New Zealand: Manatu Hauroa Ministry of health guidelines:

Female & Non-binary: Up to 10 standard drinks per week, no more than 2 standard drinks each day, at least 2 alcohol-free days per week.

Male: Up to 15 standard drinks per week, no more than 3 standard drinks in any day, at least 2 alcohol-free days per week.

You can learn more about the guidelines on the Manatu Hauora Ministry of Health website.

Zero is always the healthiest and safest amount (moderation for some can be a slippery slope to excess).

In Australia and New Zealand, a standard drink refers to 10 grams of alcohol (equivalent to 12.5ml of pure alcohol).  On average, this is how much the human body can process in one hour.

But even with this as a guide, it can be hard to keep track of how much you’ve had, as alcoholic drinks come in different strengths and serving sizes and may therefore contain more than one standard drink.

You also need to consider ‘human’ factors such as your age, weight, gender, fitness levels, fatigue, the health of your liver and how much you’ve eaten – as these can affect how your body processes alcohol.


Lifeline – If you are experiencing a personal crisis or have suicidal thoughts. You can call them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere in Australia 131114 

Family Drug Support (FDS) – for help dealing with drug and alcohol use in your family. Their free national telephone support line is available 24/7 anywhere in Australia 1300 368 186

The Link Foundation AOD – providing a link for individuals, families and communities who have been impacted by substance use.  24/7 brief therapy on 1800 935 465

For free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drugs, call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015.

New Zealand 

 – If you are experiencing a personal crisis, you can call
them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere in New Zealand 0800 543 354

Suicide Crisis – If you are experiencing
suicidal thought, you can call them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere
in New Zealand 0508 828 865

Alcohol Drug Helpline – for free and confidential advice
about alcohol and other drugs call 0800 787 797