The Art of Moderation is written by a recovered alcoholic. Unusual
in that John Michael is now a moderate drinker rather than an
abstainer. "It is my intention to demonstrate that, although some
alcoholics may never be able to drink moderately, the pretence
that all alcoholics are unable to rehabilitate themselves and
be moderate drinkers is inaccurate."
Michael believes the first step is an acknowledgement of over-indulgence,
which has to be coupled with a decision to change existing habits
and an openness to instruction.
Following his advice Michael believes you have to change your
thought patterns of associating pleasure and escapism with intoxication
to a focus on the hangover and disruption that heavy drinking
brings. Hence you begin to view intoxication as undesirable.
Then the individual needs to change the association of pleasure
to moderate behaviour - create a list of benefits, rewoven and
control. To change your life to a moderate one might involve changing
friends and habits (including diet and exercise.) A feeling of
control, more independence and appreciation from your family and
friends is key.
So how does drinking one drink not turn into a binge? The speed
of drinking is the answer states Michael. Sip slowly and dont
drink on an empty stomach, or if stressed. Finally he advises
alternate drinks and eat if at a party.