Drinking responsibly is an achievable goal Moderation Management gives you the tools to curb your alcohol consumption
Moderation management is a totally different kind of alcohol support group.
If you have to ask the question, 'How can I stop drinking alcohol or at least cut down on my consumption?' and you are not yet suffering from full-blown alcoholism (take an alcoholism test to determine the nature of your drinking problem), then Moderation Management (or MM for short) might just have the answer.
Who is Moderation Management for?
As the name suggests MM is not about abstaining from alcohol, though those who wish to abstain are welcome to participate. it is about stopping drinking problematically and returning to drinking responsibly.
If you are somebody who....
...has begun to feel concerned about your drinking habits.
There is also the possibility to start your own meeting, details of which can also be found at the MM website.
What Can I Expect At An MM Meeting?
Like an AA meeting, meetings involve a group of like-minded people getting together to discuss their experiences of, and ideas on returning to drinking responsibly.
There is a set format that every meeting follows, however there is a degree of flexibility and meetings can vary considerably.
The only requirement to attend a meeting is that you are concerned about your drinking. Meetings are free to attend, but a hat is passed around if you wish to donate to the running costs.
There are also certain ground rules to the meetings: You are asked to not drink on the day of a meeting; respect each other; You are there to help not confront; members should try and avoid drinking with one another and alcohol is not allowed at meetings; judging each other and giving unsolicited advice is frowned upon; a meeting is a secure, private and respectful place; even if you choose a different response to your drinking you are still welcome at a meeting.
Drinking Responsibly is Unachievable for Some
For some people returning to moderate drinking is just not possible. 30% of people who start Moderation Management go on to attend abstinence groups.
This does not mean MM has failed them, it has merely given them the opportunity to see that a return to normal drinking is not for them. Something that AA merely states and which many alcoholics do not believe. MM gives them the belief.
Those who are already deep in the throes of alcoholism
are highly unlikely to be able to return to drinking responsibly.
If you are unsure, an alcoholism test will generally give you a good idea as to the severity of your drinking problem. A medical professional will give you a much better idea.
For those who doubt their ability to return to normal drinking, Moderation Management suggests you attempt to remain abstinent for 30 days, and then attempt to drink in moderation.
If you are unable to do this, then the answer to "How can I stop drinking to excess?' is you can't. It may well be time to consider a program that encourages abstention.
If you or someone close to you wants help and advice on quitting drinking then take a look at the following pages:
Deborah Morrow, M.S. Addiction Psychology, is the director of treatment programs for The Alcoholism Guide website. In her practice, Deborah provides on-line coaching and support for those dependent on alcohol or who require other services such as relapse prevention or court mandated services. (Read More)