Suggested Software & Interactive Web Sites

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Moderation Management.

We receive net profits of the proceeds from all Moderation Drinking subscriptions.
These software programs and interactive web sites have been chosen because there is scientific evidence of their effectiveness in helping problem drinkers.
We'll add new programs and sites as they, and their evidence of effectiveness, become available.

Moderate Drinking

  Moderate Drinking is a subscription-based training program. All net profits will be donated to Moderation Management.
Users can unsubscribe at any time.

  Dr. Reid Hester, Director of the Research Division of Behavior Therapy Associates ( developed Moderate Drinking with funding from NIAAA. As part of this grant he conducted a randomized clinical trial of the effectiveness of the program (in combination with participation in Moderation Management).

  The study demonstrated that the program is effective in helping heavy drinkers change their drinking.
Copies of two of the papers reporting the results are available:
A web application for moderation training: Initial results of a randomized clinical trial. and Moderation Management: Outcomes of a randomized clinical trial with non-dependent problem drinkers
  A video demo of the program is available at

The elements of the program include:

  • Building motivation and self-confidence
  • Setting drink goals/limits
  • "Doing a 30"
  • Self-monitoring drinking (with personalized feedback relative to each user's self-determined goals)
  • Controling your drinking rate
  • Personal drinking rules
  • Self-monitoring urges to drink (w/ personalized feedback)
  • Identifying and managing triggers
  • Developing alternatives to drinking
  • General problem solving
  • Dealing with lapses and/or relapses
  • Considering abstinence as an option
  • Self-monitoring your mood (w/feedback relative to baseline)
  • A controlled clinical trial found this program to be as effective as face-to-face treatment with a goal of moderation.
    Dr. Hester has generously donated ALL net profits from
    Moderate Drinking
    to Moderation Management!

    To start your subscription, go to the Moderate Drinking website.

    by Dr. Reid K. Hester, Ph.D.
    Have you wondered about whether you should change your drinking? Get anonymous, objective and confidential help at the Drinker's Check-up.
    This scientifically based program helps you take a detailed look at your drinking. It then gives you objective feedback about your drinking, comparing your drinking, consequences, risk factors, etc. to others. It finishes up with a section that helps you resolve your ambivalence about whether to change, set goals for changing, a plan for changing, and offers resources for helping you meet your goals. It takes 60-90 minutes (but you can do it in multiple sessions).
    The Drinker's Check-up will not label you nor tell you what to do. What you decide to do about your drinking, if anything, is entirely up to you. If you do decide to change though, the Check-up can help you decide how to change. It also will recommend resources to help you be successful in changing your drinking. Moderation Management is one such resource.
    Click here to go there.

    The Electronic Check-up to Go
    (e-CHUG) for College Students

    The CHUG is designed to motivate students to reduce their consumption using personalized information about their own drinking and risk factors. The feedback, whether used in conjunction with counseling, or as a stand-alone intervention, includes information which have been shown to be particularly motivating to college drinkers:

    Quantity and Frequency of Drinking, Caloric Intake Tolerance Level
    Amount Consumed and Peak BAC Negative Consequences of Alcohol Use
    Norm Comparisons Genetic Risk Score
    Amount and Percent of Income Spent on Alcohol Explanation, advice, local referral information

    To use the e-CHUG, click on the "Try it out" tab on the banner at the top of the page.

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