Controlling Your Drinking, Second Edition: Tools to Make Moderation Work for You
From the introduction chapter in the book:
Many people drink alcohol, and most of them never experience serious harm or problems from doing it. Many others, however, do find at some point in their lives that their drinking is becoming risky or creating problems, and so they decide to cut down or quit. Some find that they need help to do so and seek professional consultation or attend mutual-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Many others cut down or quit drinking on their own.
Perhaps you’re reading this book because you wonder whether you’re drinking too much and ought to cut back. Problems related to drinking rarely spring up overnight, but rather build up gradually over a period of months or years. Often family members or others become concerned well before the drinker him- or herself does. Judging from our four decades of research, if you (or a loved one) are wondering whether you might be drinking too much, there is probably good reason for concern.
This book provides step-by-step guidance for deciding how much you will drink and then for reaching your chosen goal. The research-tested methods that we offer here are the best we know to help you moderate your drinking. We also offer suggestions for how to proceed if you find you have difficulty maintaining moderation, including the option of not consuming alcohol at all.