Cold turkey not the only option
Here is a piece in the New York Times that I thought was quite relevant.
It discusses methods of moderation and alternatives to AA. There are a lot of comments afterwards and some are quite angry. It mentions the “Sinclair method” which some friends of have tried.
Gabrielle Glaser is the author, most recently, of “Her Best-Kept Secret: Why Women Drink — and How They Can Regain Control.” which also has it’s fans.
I had to totally abstain – I was forty when I stopped and was a hard-drinking man, but others who did not get that far may well find some of her advice suits them.
I did go to AA and it gave me a place to break the habit of going to the pub and meet some other people in a similar position, but I was not a fan of the steps, or the dogma. I can see some with my outlook in the comments section and other’s who think it is a good idea. I feel it is up to the individual to make an appropriate decision on what method to use and if it does not work , then try something else. I have modified my approach in the last 7 years and am still going strong.
I can see many in the comment section who are stuck in the AA mindset and would not consider a more modern approach. For them the answer was provided in 1935 and there is no other way.