This has always been a tough question to tackle because it seems like a lot of people (whether speaking with a doctor or a counselor) tend to lie about their actual level of consumption. In order to really figure out whether someone can cut alcohol out without weening themselves off of it you need a level of honesty concerning consumption & habits. However, overall moderation is a slippery slope. While it may help you continue to cut back as oppose to the system shock of cold turkey you may be unable to control yourself when it comes to alcohol at all. Are there two sides to this coin? Do you feel there is only one way to properly quit?