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Controlling Your Drinking: Tools to Make Moderation Work for You Paperback – 23 Dec 2004

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"Some people with alcohol problems can learn to moderate their drinking, while others cannot drink at all without serious consequences. For people in the first category, this book provides a uniquely practical way of addressing their drinking problems. It is written with clarity and with illuminating clinical examples that will be valuable to both drinkers and their families." - Marc Galanter, NYU School of Medicine, USA

"If you want to build a healthier relationship with alcohol, this highly readable book is a gold mine of practical information based on the latest scientific studies. Filled with wonderfully detailed examples, tips, and tools, this is destined to become the guide for people seeking to make the best personal decisions about the role of alcohol in their lives. The discussions of overdrinking, "dumb drinking," harmful drinking, and dependent drinking are by themselves worth the price of the book. Finally, a book that eschews labels and just provides commonsense advice on how to drink smarter and how to figure out if you shouldn't be drinking at all. The authors are to be commended for injecting a breath of reason into a long, acrimonious debate that has generated more heat than light." - William L. White, author of Slaying the Dragon

"This book is a gem for drinkers who want to cut down. Drs. Miller and Muñoz have taken a complex topic and distilled it to its essence. Unlike many self-help books that tout how easy it is to change your behavior, Controlling Your Drinking takes an honest, balanced approach. While not everyone who overdrinks can learn how to moderate their drinking, this guide tells you what you need to know and do if you are to be successful. I wholeheartedly recommend this book." - Reid K. Hester, Behavior Therapy Associates, Albuquerque, New Mexico

"Controlling Your Drinking provides something few of us are ever given: practical, nonjudgmental guidance on how to drink responsibly. The book respectfully empowers the reader with skills to take charge of problem drinking. The renowned authors offer straightforward, research-based strategies for knowing if and when controlled drinking might work, how to go about it, and what to do if the approach is not for you. This book offers a potpourri of tactics not only for managing your drinking, but also for managing your life." - Anne M. Fletcher, author of Sober for Good

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William R. Miller, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. The author of numerous books, including Motivational Interviewing and Quantum Change, he conducts research that focuses on providing a broader and more effective range of treatment approaches for people with alcohol and other drug problems. He is also well known for his work on the integration of spirituality and psychology. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Ricardo F. Muñoz, PhD, is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, and Chief Psychologist at San Francisco General Hospital. His major areas of expertise are the prevention and treatment of depression, and how depression affects substance use, including smoking. He has coauthored several books, including Control Your Depression and The Prevention of Depression.

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Useful for more than alcohol moderation 28 April 2007
By Mark Thrice - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book as part of my biographical research on a man who was an alcoholic. It opened my eyes to the many aspects of alcohol dependency. Its intelligent, unpatronizing directions on how to reduce the amount you drink or decide for abstinence were thoughtful, and I could see how it would be helpful to those thinking through their relationship with alcohol. I think this book would be useful, too, for impulse eating and similar situations. I recommend this book highly.
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Really Good Research and Information 30 Dec. 2011
By Alida Schuyler - Published on Amazon.com
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Controlling Your Drinking is a very useful and well written book for anyone facing problems from over-drinking. I wish I had gotten it on my 16th birthday. Instead I struggled for years to control my drinking and eventually gave it up entirely. What I love about this book is that it tells the truth about who succeeds using the methods clearly outlined in the book, and who (and why) some people eventually opt to abstain. Miller's research and work is impeccable. He has used this method with over 8,000 people and tracked their results for 3-8 years.

I will never know if I could have controlled my drinking. People whose drinking habits and problems, according to the screening and diagnostic tools in the book, were similar to mine split between successfully reducing and controlling their drinking and others who found it easier to simply quit.

As a Recovery Coach I use this book with clients who want to deal with problems related to drinking too much, but not necessarily quit. I recommend it highly.
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Helpful 24 April 2013
By Lily P - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book very helpful in moderating my drinking. Very sound, do-able advice and I appreciate the snippets from "real life" people's experiences. It's very down-to-earth.
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has good suggestions 14 Sept. 2012
By Yooper - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an older addition but has good solid suggestions for controlling my drinking. An inexpensive step to self help.
Helpful book 31 May 2014
By "Ali" - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was helpful in managing my wine drinking at night, which has cut down quite well. I find myself craving alcohol much less. I am not a big drinker, but sometimes at night it's troublesome. good helpful book.
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