Controlled drinking is a treatment approach for individuals experiencing mild to moderate problems with alcohol consumption. It is usually led by a interdisciplinary team of providers that may include an Addiction Psychiatrist, General Practitioner, Social Work, or an Addictions Counsellor.
It is not intended for those with excessive consumption, primarily due to risk factors associated decreasing intake. This usually requires a medical withdrawal protocol.
If you enter into a controlled drinking agreement with your provider, you might be asked to keep a log of what you drink each day, thus creating a baseline. In this tracking method, as each week goes by, you agree to make small adjustments to the amount you are drinking each day.
The Controlled Drinking Log
In the following, you will find a schedule for controlling alcohol consumption. Under, "Planned Drinks," each week you would make small incremental decreases to your amount of consumption. Sometimes actual consumption is above or below this number.
**For more information, please check out our article, "Controlled Drinking Checklist (The Moderate Consumption Guide)."