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The Moderation Management Public Hub Is Open!
Moderation Management’s Public Hub is our new curated blogging site, which will present long-form Member-generated content to the public. Logins are free. Posts are available to search engines, and can be accessed without a login. Users may submit their blog posts to our volunteer curators, who approve them for publication. This entire service is for and about our most vital asset- the Members of Moderation Management. (We built this for YOU!)
   We feel that the Public Hub fills a need for enhancing our Member’s ability to present compelling content. This service has just begun, but could soon become one of our most significant offerings.
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Podcast Interview with Kary May Hickey!
The first Podcast from Moderation Management, this interview (held during our Tuesday ‘Expressions’ phone meeting) is with Kary May, the author of the new Amazon Kindle book:
Neighbor Kary May’s Handbook To Happily Drinking Less Or Not Drinking At All, Quite Happily: With The Help Of The Online Recovery Community
Get the inside scoop on the creation of this, her first book.

“Neighbor Kary May’s Handbook To Happily Drinking Less…” Released!
Neighbor Kary May’s Handbook To Happily Drinking Less Or Not Drinking At All, Quite Happily: With The Help Of The Online Recovery Community written by Kary May Hickey, is available as a Kindle Download for $6.99 - but FREE if you have Kindle Unlimited. Kary May is Moderation Management's Program Director; this is her first book. From Amazon:
  “Decades ago there was only one organization to which a problem drinker could turn, and abstinence was the only solution. In the past 20 years or so several organizations, many of them primarily online, have risen up to successfully challenge this thinking. In fact, the medical community now has eschewed the term ‘alcoholic’ in favor of the more accurate ‘alcohol use disorder,’ or AUD.
  Kary May has done a masterful job of surfing the Internet to find a large variety of these sites and organizations. With charm, wit, grace, and poignancy, she relates stories from her life and a few others, all in a light-hearted but seriously effective way that will captivate you and lead you to a truth you might not find easily on your own: victory over alcohol use disorder is not only possible, but very attainable, and she shares loads of resources to make it happen for you. Yes, you!
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Available for the Second Time:
No Cost Treatment to Reduce Drinking!

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   Adaptive Interventions is a research study of brief, evidence-based treatments for reducing or stopping drinking. This no-cost study is provided in a private, 1-on-1 setting or via confidential televideo (no on-site visits required) and may help you get your drinking under control.
   It is for individuals who experience problems with their drinking and wish to cut down or quit altogether. Individuals who enroll in this 6-month study receive brief interventions to reduce drinking to healthy levels in addition to five assessments to monitor their alcohol use. Treatment begins with one session of a brief intervention to decrease alcohol use and increases in intensity (ranging from 1 to 6 additional sessions of psychotherapeutic treatments) for participants who have difficulty reducing their drinking to healthy levels.

“Take Control Now!” Now On Kindle!
Take Control Now!, written by Marc Frederick Kern, Ph.D., with Lance Lenon, is now available as a Kindle Download for only $3.49! Dr. Kern is the Chairman of the Moderation Management Board of Directors, and one of our organization's founders. Six easy-to-use chapters, filled with exercises, charts, and worksheets, will motivate you to take control of and conquer your unhealthy habits (both large and small). Drawing from many years of experience in his own clinical practice, Dr. Kern has developed a program that can help you replace old, unwanted behaviors with a new, satisfying, and rewarding lifestyle.
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New Executive Director Named by Moderation Management
(See our Press Release)
World’s Largest Alcohol Reduction Support Group
Moderation Management names a New Executive Director!

A Visionary for the Future of Responsible Drinking
St. Louis, Missouri - March 10, 2016 - Moderation Management Network, Inc. (MM), the largest alcohol reduction support group in the world, has appointed Larry Wahlers, one of its own successful members, to the position of Executive Director.

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New Professional Service: Checkup & Choices
Introducing a new website that supports Moderation as a goal- Developed by Dr. Reid Hester, long time Moderation Management supporter and member of our Board of Advisors, Checkup & Choices combines cutting edge research with modern web technology and a mobile-aware responsive design to help people achieve changes in their use of alcohol.
From the website
Check on your drinking or drug use, and get the tools to help you change if you choose to.
The Tools: Our powerful, proven and private tools will help you better understand and navigate your personal journey.
Get a Checkup: The Checkup helps you take a closer look at your drinking, get objective feedback, and consider what-if anything-you choose to change.
Cut Back: Most, but not all, heavy drinkers can successfully cut back. If this is your goal, these tools will improve your chances of success.
Stop Now: Want to quit? These tools will help you stop drinking or using drugs and reduce your chances of relapse.
The Science: Pioneered by acclaimed clinical researcher, Reid K. Hester, Ph.D., our evidence-based tools are the culmination of years of rigorous research, millions of dollars of National Institutes of Health grants, multiple randomized clinical trials, and peer-reviewed publications.
1) $4M+ Research grant funding received through the National Institutes of Health and invested in developing and testing our tools.
2) Randomized clinical trials with hundreds of participants over multiple years.
3) Our tools are listed on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) official registry of verified, evidence-based interventions.

Join us for Dryuary™ 2017?
Dryuary 2016 has now ended. All the Dryuary Daily Message posts can be seen at Dryuary is taking a step toward a healthier lifestyle, a choice which can be made at any time.
  Moderation Management and the Dryuary Administrative Team are entirely grateful and impressed by the intelligent, caring, and thoughtful Daily Message posts generated by our contributors. The quality of our Dryuary 2016 presentation was made possible by these generous gifts.
  The goal of Dryuary is to offer a supportive environment for taking a month-long break from alcohol. It's an invitation to give your body a break for 1/12th of the year from a diet that includes alcohol. Dryuary is not therapy; it is simply an opportunity to reset your relationship with drinking by taking a break at the beginning of the year. Dryuary™ is sponsored by Moderation Management™

Women & Booze:
Is Everything We Know About Alcoholism Wrong?

Journalist Ruth Graham has an article about Moderation Management on the website: Women & Booze: Is Everything We Know About Alcoholism Wrong?. This article features a number of profiles of our female Members, and presents a feminine perspective on moderating alcohol.

Introduction to MM for Problem Drinkers (Saint Louis Today), a major website for the Missouri city, has published a Guest Post in Kate Lovelady’s blog: Guest Post - Problem Drinking: Sorting Fact from Faith by our own Donna Dierker, Moderation Management’s Director of Research & Awareness Projects. In this post, Donna attempts (and to a large degree might succeed) to sum up the entirety of Moderation Management’s program from the viewpoint of a problem drinker coming to us for help. This single article may be the easiest way to explain Moderation Management to interested people.
Reading Donna’s post is one thing. Understanding it is another:

New Reason for Rethinking Drinking
The largest paper in Southern Minnesota printed this opinion piece about changing perceptions in alcohol therapy:
Our view: Study a new reason for ‘rethinking drinking’.
The article discusses the NIAAA moderation program, “Rethinking Drinking”. The piece is based on the NIAAA’s reaction to a study in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association): Epidemiology of DSM-5 Alcohol Use Disorder Results From the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions III, by Bridget F. Grant, PhD; Risė B. Goldstein, PhD, MPH; Tulshi D. Saha, PhD; S. Patricia Chou, PhD; Jeesun Jung, PhD; Haitao Zhang, PhD; Roger P. Pickering, MS; W. June Ruan, MA; Sharon M. Smith, PhD; Boji Huang, MD, PhD; and Deborah S. Hasin, PhD. The basic topic involves the DSM diagnosis manual's change in Alcohol Disorders from specific diseases to a spectrum from acute to mild, and the effect of this change in practice.
  This paper sums up its conclusion in a brutal but effective paragraph that states the extent of the mission Moderation Management has assumed:
“Alcohol use disorder defined by DSM-5 criteria is a highly prevalent, highly comorbid, disabling disorder that often goes untreated in the United States. The NESARC-III data indicate an urgent need to educate the public and policy makers about AUD (Alcohol Use Disorder) and its treatment alternatives, to destigmatize the disorder, and to encourage those who cannot reduce their alcohol consumption on their own, despite substantial harm to themselves and others, to seek treatment.”
The Post Bulletin article is at: Story: Beyond Abstinence
See this article: A New Definition of Recovery: Beyond Abstinence, by Kendal Patterson. This includes an interview with our Dr. Marc Kern, and a full link to (Dr. Kern is the Chairman of the Moderation Management Board of Directors.) Note that the topic includes all forms of addictive behavior- Not just alcohol. Supporting research for this article is from a recent paper: What does recovery mean to you? Lessons from the recovery experience for research and practice, by Alexandre B. Laudet, PhD. This research paper goes far beyond alcohol, but applies science to reach many of the same conclusions as those we have already observed.
The article is at:

Audio & Article about Changing Views of Alcohol
Hear or read a story on KPCC Radio, 89.3FM Los Angeles:
Researchers: Offering an alternative to strict sobriety could entice more to rehab featuring Dr. Adi Jaffe of “Alternatives”, the Los Angeles practice of Dr. Marc Kern. (Dr. Kern is the Chairman of the Moderation Management Board of Directors.) The transcript speaks of “moderation” but we know what they mean; the ‘Stanford Paper’ discussed is Moderation Management: A Mutual-Help Organization for Problem Drinkers Who Are Not Alcohol-Dependent, by Anna Lembkea & Keith Humphreys.
The audio link and transcript are linked here:

March 2015 Glamour Magazine Article

Am I an Alcoholic? How to Tell if You're Drinking Too Much  The Jury Verdict is In:
This article presents a candid and unvarnished look at uncontrolled drinking, brought under control by self-resolve and a process that is simiar to our program. Moderation Management (in lower case) is mentioned in the article. A startling piece of modern journalism for a magazine called “Glamour”.

St. Louis MM Featured in local TV Story!
Can the moderation movement help alcohol drinkers?
Seen in the St. Louis area on 5/13/2015, this Fox2Now story aired on KTVI TV. It features MM members Shannon and Donna Dierker from the St. Louis MM Meeting. Watch the segment now:

Spring Issue Available of ‘Day Thirty One’,
the Newsletter of Moderation Management

Enjoy our 12 page Spring Issue as our Springtime Gift to you. Moderation Management is pleased to announce a new issue of our Quarterly Newsletter. ‘Day Thirty One’, the Newsletter of Moderation Management. There are many articles of interest to both our supporters and curious individuals. Sign up for a subscription or ask for a single copy today.

KQED Radio Show features Moderation Management
Paul Staley, from our Oakland MM meeting, presented a profile of his experience with Moderation Management in a segment called “Perspectives” on KQED, a NPR Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area radio station at 88.5FM. (“...the most-listened to public radio station in the United States.”)
MM supporters are welcome to add comments! MP3 Audio downloads are available.

Our Forum Features Testimonials
and “Keepers” Posts!

Available to the Public; no login required.
(Forum Logins are free. To confuse spammers, you can register here with the ‘Secret Name’: Janet)  Our moderated Testimonial and “Keepers” sections represent some of the struggles, successes, and life experiences of our membership.

Moderation Management In The News
Moderation Management has again caught the attention of the media. A recent series of articles and presentations feature our organization, and are helping us promote our message, and programs.
National Public Radio - Morning Edition on Monday, March 23rd 2015 featured Moderation Management in a radio report. This includes an interview with our own Donna Dierker; a transcript is available on the web page. The audio segment is called “Rethinking Alcohol: Can Heavy Drinkers Learn To Cut Back?”:

Fox TV News, their broadcast news unit, did a Focus On Health segment that presented MM's program as an alternative to traditional 12-step abstinence programs. Again, this featured our own Dr. Marc Kern. The video clip (with transcript) is titled “Moderation Management Program Helps Heavy Drinkers”:
The British paper The Guardian has a feature article on MM which also discusses our popular Oakland California MM Meeting. “The next AA? Welcome to Moderation Management, where abstinence from alcohol isn't the answer”:
The Fix has a new story on us, “Moderation Management Gives Drinkers an Alternative to AA”:
Air Talk, an NPR radio show from Los Angeles, had a discussion about MM featuring Dr. Marc Kern, Chairman of the MM Board of Directors titled “Alcohol abusers seek solace in resurgence of Moderation Management Network”. Listen online; a download is available once you click the Play link:
Moderation Management offers support to mainstream media seeking to do stories about the growth of our program through our Media Group. Contact them at:

Major new CDC Study Redefines Prevalence of “Alcoholism”
A new study just released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) validates what we have known all along- that the vast majority of ‘problem drinkers’ cannot be defined as ‘alcoholics’. The study is titled “Prevalence of Alcohol Dependence Among US Adult Drinkers, 2009–2011”. This is a strong validation of our program from a major public health authority. The study was announced in an article from the Washington Post.
Read the Washington Post article at:
And get your copy of the CDC study here:

Passing of an MM'er - Farewell, Rudy
Moderation Management invites all interested persons to celebrate the life and achievements of Mr. Rudy Hoeltzel. Rudy was ‘one of us’. He came to the program as any other participant and found a cause he truly believed in. Many people may know Rudy as the author of our popular "Steps of Change" document, and as a co-author of "Responsible Drinking". He also founded and led the Morristown New Jersey MM Meeting for over ten years.
  Rudy has an extensive remembrance and obituary on our Memorial Page. To send remembrances to his family go to If Rudy has had an influence in your life, we invite you to leave a memory here.

Reader's Digest Article is Online!
READ the health article Sobering Up, written by journalist Gabrielle Glaser, now available online! This article from the March 2014 Issue of "Reader's Digest" features our own
Donna Dierker.

Story featuring MM's Chairman Marc Kern's Practice
Alternatives Addiction Treatment
(A Moderation-Friendly therapist) was featured in a recent article in the national Jewish Journal. The article asks "Can moderation join abstinence as an addiction therapy?", and uses Dr. Adi Jaffe from Marc Kern's "Alternatives" practice, along with MM Therapist Dr. Mark Sobell, as a way to answer the question.

Oprah Hearts MM!
The October edition of
O, The Oprah Magazine
includes a feature article about
Moderation Management: Our sincere thanks to Oprah for again demonstrating her continuing interest in Moderation Management, and making our program known to her many supporters.

NY Times story featuring an MM Therapist
The Center for Motivation and Change
(A Moderation-Friendly therapist) was featured in a New York Times article by Gabrielle Glaser, published July 3 2014. The Center's approach using motivational interviewing and harm reduction therapy is discussed as new tools for treating individual and family issues. Contact: CMC Center for Motivation and Change 276 Fifth Ave, Suite 1101, NYC (212) 683-3339

Please Help MM Support Research Requests
Interested in joining OTHER studies?
We have a new Listserv to support research requests:
This group consists of self-selected individuals who are willing to accept requests from researchers looking for research participants. These researchers must first apply for and be approved by Moderation Management™; research requests can be sent to

Psychology Today article featuring MM!
  In "How to Disappear Completely", MM member Kelsey Osgood discusses her experiences battling anorexia and challenges with alcohol as a participant in the Moderation Management program.

Moderation Management™ announces
our new Chairman of the MM Board of Directors

  Moderation Management welcomes Dr. Marc Kern as our new Chairman of the Moderation Management Board of Directors
  Our thanks also to our outgoing Chairman, Dr. Andrew Tatarsky, who guided the Moderation Management Board of Directors for over a decade and continues as an active board member.
See our Who We Are page.

NPR Interviews Gabrielle Glaser
"New Thinking On Women And Alcohol"
  Journalist Gabrielle Glaser was interviewed on January 20th on the NPR show "Here & Now". Moderation Management™ is featured in this interview! A podcast (Download with this link, 6.26mb) of this interview can be downloaded from the NPR website at:
(The webpage's comments are well worth reading.)

New York Times Op-Ed Piece
"Cold Turkey Isn't the Only Route"
  Renowned journalist Gabrielle Glaser has written a controversial Op-Ed for the New York Times, describing moderation as an acceptable solution for lifestyle problems with alcohol. Please take some time to read the comments and understand that, although we have come far, there is still a long way to go.

The MM Store is now open at Cafe Press!
The new Moderation Management™ store
is now open at Cafe Press.
MM-Branded items are available.
Visit at:
Moderation Management also recieves a significant donation from each sale.

New Studies show acceptance
of Moderation Options by Therapists

Two new studies, just released, show the therapeutic community has a high degree of acceptance for moderation therapies.
They are available as abstracts for free; full text PDF's are available for a fee. National Institute of Health:
And the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment:
  The full text of these articles are available as either a subscription or a paid fee- $11.95 and $31.50. But the abstracts effectively summarize the results- Moderation therapies appear to be becoming a mainstream option for traditional addiction treatment practitioners.

New Book Announced by Stanton Peele
"Recover! Stop Thinking Like an Addict and Reclaim Your Life with The PERFECT Program"
Written by Stanton Peele and Ilse Thompson, the book will be generally available on February 4th 2014. Pre-orders are taken at Amazon:   Dr. Peele has long been a powerful advocate for Moderation therapies, and a good friend of Moderation Management.

New Podcast, featuring our Dr. Marc Kern
Dr. Adi Jaffe and Dr. Marc Kern (an MM Founder and member of the Moderation Management Board of Directors) join Dr. Drew for a discussion about addiction and the slightly different ways that they approach recovery and management of the disease. Later they take calls from listeners on opiate addiction, methamphetamine dependency turning to alcohol dependency and why the body has THC receptors.
Their wide-ranging discussion includes Moderation Management, Dr. Kern's book (co-author) Responsible Drinking, and a doctor's perspective on addiction and recovery.

New Research Paper Released, featuring MM
"Moderation Management: A Mutual-Help Organization for Problem Drinkers Who Are Not Alcohol-Dependent"
Written By: Anna Lembkea & Keith Humphreys
Published in: Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery
    Volume 7, Issue 2-4, 2012
Special Issue: Broadening the Base of Addiction Mutual Support Groups: Bringing Theory and Science to Contemporary Trends
Download your Free Copy from:

Major Industry Award
For "Responsible Drinking"
The Association for Behavorial
and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
has presented the
"ABCT Self-Help Book of Merit Award"
to the MM Workbook  "Responsible Drinking",
on October 1st 2010.
As an ABCT Award Winner,
the publishers now have the right
to add a commemorative seal to
future printings of this important book.

The MM Forum is Launched!
Visit the new MM Forum
The MM Forum features both public areas and subscriber-only content.
Come join in on the discussions -
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The Moderate Drinking Website
is Online!

Dr. Reid Hester has generously donated all profits from the program to Moderation Management™. The Moderate Drinking program is evidence-based, so consider giving it a try to improve your chances of success.
Direct link to this new resource:

Drinker's Checkup
The Drinker's Checkup
Wondering about your drinking? If you are unsure aboiut changing your drinking, consider this program by Dr. Reid Hester, a member of our MM Board of Directors.

New MM Literature Available!
See our "MM Literature and Publications" page, with our latest trifold pamphlet.

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Moderation Management™ (MM)
is a behavioral change program and support group network for people concerned about their drinking and who desire to make positive lifestyle changes.

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P.O. Box 410703
St. Louis, MO 63141

The Moderation Management
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Corporation. We are lay-led
by individuals who are concerned
about their drinking.

MMNI is member-supported.
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