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Controlling Your Drinking, Second Edition

Tools to Make Moderation Work for You, 2nd Edition

By William R Miller, Ricardo Munoz

Guilford Press

290 pages

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Interested in cutting down on your drinking without giving it up altogether? This encouraging, science-based book can help make that goal a reality. Distinguished clinician-researchers William R. Miller and Ricardo F. Muñoz have spent more than 40 years studying whether moderation works, who it works (and doesn't work) for, and how to achieve it. They give you tools to evaluate your alcohol consumption, decide what changes you want to make, and create a doable plan of action. Learn new ways to enjoy social events, defuse tension and stress, and cope with difficult emotions--with or without a glass in hand. The updated second edition incorporates the latest scientific data and features a new chapter on mindfulness. Helpful forms and worksheets can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2"" x 11"" size.


"Drs. Miller and Muñoz provide an easy-to-follow approach for people who are worried they may be drinking too much. The tools presented here for achieving moderate drinking are supported by a wealth of evidence; examples sprinkled throughout the book illustrate how to accomplish each goal of the program. Anyone who has struggled with the need to cut down will benefit from reading this book and following its simple, honest advice."--Katie Witkiewitz, PhD, Regents' Professor, Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico

"Now in its second edition, this book has only gotten better. By helping readers overcome alcohol problems on their own, this book fills an enormous need, and is consistent with the scientific evidence that self-change is a common pathway to recovery. A welcome alternative in a field where those with concerns about their alcohol use are given few options."--Linda Carter Sobell, PhD, ABPP, and Mark B. Sobell, PhD, ABPP, Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University

"In a nonjudgmental way, this book helps you scope out your issues with alcohol and decide what to do, putting the ball in your court instead of being prescriptive. It is filled with useful and practical strategies that you can pick and choose from to meet your own needs."--Anne M. Fletcher, MS, RDN, author of Inside Rehab and Sober for Good

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

1. Thinking about Drinking

2. Why Change?

3. Is Moderation for You?

II. When You Drink

4. Getting Started

5. Keeping Track

6. Taking Charge

7. Slowing Down

8. Refusing Drinks

9. Affirming Your Progress

10. Moving Along

III. Before You Drink

11. Discovering your Triggers

12. Places

13. People

14. Days and Times

15. Feelings

16. Other Triggers

17. Summary: Before You Drink

IV. Instead of Drinking

18. Relaxing

19. Self-Talk

20. Pleasant Activities without Alcohol

21. Coping with Negative Moods and Depression

22. Self-Concept

23. Sleeping Well

24. Mindfulness

25. Managing Anxiety and Fear

26. Being Assertive

27. Relating to Others

28. Living "As If"

V. How Are You Doing?

29. If Moderation Isn't Working for You

30. Sources of Help

Appendix A. The Wrath of Grapes: Reasons for Concern

Appendix B: An Inventory of Alcohol-Related Problems

Appendix C: Tables for Estimating Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)

Going Further: Recommended Resources

About the Authors

William R. Miller, PhD, is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. He has published over 400 scientific articles and chapters and more than 40 books, including the groundbreaking work for professionals Motivational Interviewing. Fundamentally interested in the psychology of change, Dr. Miller has focused particularly on developing and testing more effective treatments for people with alcohol and drug problems. The Institute for Scientific Information lists him as one of the world's most cited scientists.

Ricardo F. Muñoz, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of California, San Francisco. His major areas of expertise include addictive behavior, the prevention and treatment of depression, and how depression affects substance use. He has published over 100 scientific articles and chapters and several books, including Control Your Depression and The Prevention of Depression.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Addiction