For Problem Drinkers, A Moderate Proposal

Michael Andes had been a social drinker since high school, but when he and his wife separated three years ago, he began to indulge nearly every day. The Ann Arbor (Mich.) social worker, 53, was downing roughly 35 glasses of beer or wine a week when friends expressed concern. Finally, a year ago, he enrolled in DrinkWise, a controversial new program that teaches drinkers to reduce their alcohol consumption before it gets out of hand. Andes says he feels much better now that he has cut his drinking by more than half.

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