Review - Moderate Drinking The Moderation Management Guide for People Who Want to Reduce Their Drinking by Audrey Kishline Crown Publishing, 1996 Review by JMG Feb 7th 1997 (Volume 1, Issue 6)
"The official handbook of Moderation Management, a non-profit, national self-help program that supports moderate drinking as a reasonable and attainable recovery goal for problem drinkers. Based on her own unsatisfactory experience with abstinence-based programs, Kishline offers inspiration and a step-by-step program to help individuals avoid the kind of drinking that detrimentally affects their lives."
The author, who is also the founder and president of Moderation Management, describes a program for those who can't or won't abstain from alcohol. Believing that there is a continuum of drinking problems and behaviors, the moderate drinking plan allows a person to learn to control their drinking behaviors through a 9-step process. While not for everyone (and certainly not for chronic alcoholics), this may be a useful alternative for those looking to cut back on their alcohol intake because they realize it is beginning to negatively impact their lives. The book is written in a simple fashion and the steps are straight-forward and do not involve a higher power (such as Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs). The key to the program -- taking responsibility for one's actions and not believing that there is a biological basis for alcoholism -- may put-off many potential readers. But if you're looking for an alternative, and you're willing to take responsibility for your drinking behaviors, this is a book for you. 165 pages, published in 1996.
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