'Cutting back' is just procrastination if a person is addicted to something. If they could use the substance in moderation then they would have been unlikely to have become addicted to it in the first place. Alcohol and nicoteen are both drugs where complete non-usage is the only real option. Theres a saying I say to people who try to get me to drink now-a-days - 'One is one too many, ten is never enough'. I'd love a beer sometimes, but I know where it will lead, stopping totally is the only real answer.