Mr. Jackson: Yeah, that sounds about right.
Dr. Wilson: Well that is real progress – down from 4 heavy drinking days and 28 drinks per week. It’s difficult to change. How did you do it?
Mr. Jackson: Well, that tip sheet you gave me really helped. I’ve been drinking water or diet soda between beers. And I told my buddies the doc said I just gotta cut down.
Dr. Wilson: Those sound like good strategies and you’ve made a lot of progress. But you’re still not at your goal, which is no more than 2 drinks per day and 7 per week. Have you thought about what you could do?
Mr. Jackson: I think I can get there. The main thing is it’s just not as much fun hanging with other drinkers. I might have to do some other things.
Dr. Wilson: Have you thought about alternatives?
Mr. Jackson: Yeah, my wife goes bowling and I could join her. And we’re also involved in our church – I could do more there.
Dr. Wilson: I think those are great ideas.
Mr. Jackson: Yeah, thanks for going through all of this with me – I had been a little concerned myself but didn’t know how to bring it up.
Dr. Wilson: Yeah, it can be difficult to talk about. I want to see you back here in three months so we can check how you’re doing.
Mr. Jackson: Sounds good.
Dr. Wilson: Be sure to continue tracking everything – exercise and diet are important, too.
Mr. Jackson: Will do.
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