Dr. Washton published an article on Psychology Everywhere, discussing whether harm reduction is appropriate for problem drinking. Harm reduction may be an option for you if you are concerned about how much you’re drinking but feel that you don’t need to cut alcohol completely out of your life.
Dr. Washton writes,
The concept of harm reduction was developed with the understanding that any steps taken to reduce harm are worthwhile goals. When we practice drinking in moderation, we reduce not only the physical damage on the body but also the chances of engaging in risky behavior that can occur with heavy drinking.
Harm reduction and moderate drinking approaches are effective. With the correct guidance and support, non-alcoholic individuals can learn how to reduce their alcohol consumption, allowing drinkers to set and stay within safer limits.
Moderate drinking programs like the one offered in Dr. Washton’s practice in New York City and Princeton New Jersey, offer confidential help for high-functioning men and women who do not want or need to give up drinking completely. His Alcohol Moderation Program offers a practical, sensible, empowering approach that can help you regain control over your drinking and improve your health.