Many people are concerned that they may be drinking more than is desirable for health, social, or other reasons. This page lists resources that may be helpful in cutting down or reducing alcohol consumption.

The resources stress self-help in achieving moderation rather than total abstention from alcohol. For help in abstaining, visit Drink too Much Alcohol? Please refer to the Disclaimer at the bottom of this page.

Websites - Moderation Management stresses balance, moderation, self-management, and personal responsibility. - Drink Wise is a brief, confidential educational program for people with mild to moderate alcohol problems who want to eliminate the negative consequences of their drinking. - Habit Smart promotes the reduction of harmful behaviors and harm through habit change and wise choices. (1-800-303-2873) - Established as an alternative to the spiritual nature of AA as well as its view that alcoholics are powerless and must submit to God's will in order to recover, Rational Recovery stresses the innate power and strength of individuals themselves to overcome obstacles. It rejects the AA belief that "once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic." Rational Recovery teaches people how to become independent of both alcohol addiction and of organizations dealing with alcoholism. (310-821-8430) - Secular Organizations For Sobriety (SOS), also known as Save Our Selves, this program stresses the need to place the highest priority on sobriety and uses mutual support to assist members in achieving this goal. The Suggested Guidelines for Sobriety emphasize rational decision-making and are not religious or spiritual in nature. (216-292-0220) - Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART Recovery) views alcohol dependence as a bad habit and attempts to use common sense techniques to break the habit. (1-800-333-1606) - The mutual support groups of Women for Sobriety work to enhance the self-esteem of members. Women for Sobriety groups are non-religious and the meetings also differ from those of AA in that they prohibit the use of tobacco, caffeine and sugar. - “Drink Too Much Alcohol?” includes practical suggestions for cutting down or moderating alcohol consumption.

Books and Articles

Beyerlein, Frederick. Drink as Much as You Want and Live Longer: The Intelligent Person’s Guide to Healthier Drinking. Port Townsend, WA: Loompanics Unlimited, 1999.

Burman, S. The challenge of sobriety: Natural recovery without treatment and self-help groups. Journal of Substance Abuse, 1997, 9, 41-61.

Christopher, J. Secular Organizations for Sobriety is an Effective Self-Help Program. In: Barbour, S. (Ed.). Alcohol. San Diego: Greenhaven, 1998. Pp. 128-134.

Christopher, J. How to Stay Sober: Recovery Without Religion. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus, l988.

Cornett, D.J. Seven Weeks to Safe Social Drinking: How to Effectively Moderate Your Alcohol Intake. Author’s Choice Press, 2001.

Crandell, J. S. Controlled Drinking Can Help Alcoholics Recover. In: Cozic, C. P., and Swisher, K. (Ed.). Chemical Dependency. San Diego: Greenhaven, 199 1. Pp. 218-224.

Christopher, J. Secular Organizations for Sobriety is an Effective Self-Help Program. In: Barbour, S. (Ed.). Alcohol. San Diego: Greenhaven, 1998. Pp. 128-134.

Darby, W.J., and Heinz, A. The Responsible Use of Alcohol: Defining the Parameters of Moderation. NY: American Council on Science and Health, 1991.

DeSena, J., et alOvercoming Your Alcohol, Drug and Recovery Habits: An Empowering Alternative to AA and 12-Step Programs. Tucson, AZ: See Sharp Press, 2003.

Fingarette, H. Heavy Drinking: The Myth of Alcoholism as a Disease. Berkeley: University OS California Press, 1988.

Fletcher, A.M. Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems -- Advice from Those Who Have Succeeded. NY: Houghton-Mifflin, 2001.

Fox, V. Addiction: Change and Choice: The New View of Alcoholism. Tucson, AZ: See Sharp, 1993.

Granfield, R. Coming Clean: Overcoming Addictions without Treatment. New York: New York University Press, 1999.

Cranfield, R., and Cloud, W. The elephant that no one sees: Natural recovery among middle-class addicts, Journal of Drug issues, 1996, 26, 45-61.

Heather, N., and Robertson, I. Controlled Drinking. London, England: Methuen, 1983.

Horvath, A.T. Sex, Drugs, Gambling & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions. San Louis Obispo, CA: Impact, 1998.

Humphreys, K., et al. Two pathways out of drinking problems without professional treatment, Addictive Behaviors, 1995, 20(4), 427-441.

Kasl, C.D. Many Roads, One Journey: Moving Beyond the 12 Steps. NY: HarperPerrenial, 1992.

Kishline, A. Alcoholism Should Not be Treated as a Disease. In: Barbour, S. (Ed.). Alcohol. San Diego: Greenhaven, 1998. Pp. 105-112.

Kishline, A. A toast to moderation. Psychology Today, January/February, 1996.

Lolli, G. Social Drinking: How to Enjoy Drinking without Being Hurt by It. New York: World Publishing, 1960.

Michael, J. The Art of Moderation: An Alternative to Alcoholism. Mill Valley, CA: Vision Books International, 1999.

Miller, S.D. The “Miracle” Method: A Radically New Approach to Problem Drinking. NY: W.W. Norton, 1995.

Miller, W. R., and Munoz, R. F. How to Control Your Drinking. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. 1990.

Morris, K., and Walker, I. Women Married to Alcoholics. NY: William Morow, 1989.

Ogilvie, H., et alAlternatives to Abstinence: A New Look at Alcoholism and the Choices in Treatment. Long Island City, NY: Hatherleigh Press, 2001.

Peele, S. et alThe Truth about Alcohol and Recovery. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1991. Hoboken, NJ: Jossey-Bass, 1999.

Peele, S., and Brodsky, A. The Truth about Addiction and Recovery. NY: Fireside, 1991.

Rachel, V. A Woman Like You: Life Stories of Women Recovering from Alcoholism and Addiction. NY: Harper & Row, 1985.

Rotgers, F., et alResponsible Drinking: A Moderation Management Approach to Problem Drinking. Oakland, CA: New Harbinge , 2002.

Sanchez-Craig, M. Saying When: How to Quit Drinking or Cut Down. Toronto, Canada: Addiction Research Foundation. 1993.

Schaler, J.A. Addiction is a Choice. Chicago, IL: Open Court, 2000.

Sobell, M. B., and Sobell, L. C. Problem Drinkers: Guided Self-Change Treatment. New York: Guilford, 1993.

Trimpey, J. Rational Recovery is an Effective Self-Help Program. In: Barbour, S. (Ed.). Alcohol. San Diego: Greenhaven, 1998. Pp. 135-143.

Trimpey, J. The Small Book: A Revolutionary Alternative for Overcoming Alcohol and Drug Dependence. New York: Delacorte, 1992.

Turk, M. For problem drinkers: A moderate proposal. Business Week, October 23, 1995.

Vogler, R. E., and Bartz, W. R. The Better Way to Drink: Moderation and Control of Problem Drinking. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1985.

Woititz, J.G. Adult Children of Alcoholics. Deerfield, FL: Health Communications, 1990.

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