Most people who are alcoholics, when they join self-help groups of sorts, for example AA, they're informed that abstinence is the only way to overcome alcoholism and avoid uh . . . having a relapse. Since most people find giving up an addiction difficult, though they might give it [abstinence] a stab, should they have a relapse then their drinking only gets worse. Is it possible for an addict to learn to how to control their cravings so that instead of giving up on drinking [which they might find impossible, at first] they can start by cutting down on the amount of alcohol they consume and then finally only drink occasionally [in moderation]. Your thoughts?