If you do not want to go into a rehab then you might want to control your drinking with a moderate alcohol treatment program. Sometimes you can actually find an alternative rehab that is offering this type of program which does not advocate total sobriety.
The moderate alcohol treatment program puts forth he idea that total sobriety requires too much discipline and sets people up for failure. However the obvious flaw in this is that people are still drinking and being ruled by their disease.
Still some alcoholics swear they have regained control of their lives using a moderate alcohol treatment program. This involves keeping an honest journal that details how much you drink every day for six months. If you see that there are days when you drink more than usual then take note of the things that triggered you to drink heavily that day. This can help you slow down on your drinking as reading these journals help many alcoholics realize that it is easier to not drink rather than spend so much money and effort managing drinking. Sometimes the journal shows the alcoholic that the drinking has become unmanageable and that an alcohol treatment program is necessary.
So just what is moderate alcohol use? The World Health Organization (WHO) defines this as 1 drink per day for a female and 2 drinks a day for a man. The WHO defines an alcoholic who has more than two drinks per day for more than five days a week. A drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of spirits.
A moderate alcohol drinking program can also help you determine if you need to go to a rehab. If you cannot stick to it then stronger measures such as detox and counseling at an alcohol treatment center might be in order.