MM Meeting Opening & Closing Statements, Meeting Ground Rules, Nine Steps, Moderate Drinker Definition, MM Limits, & Notes

Opening Statement

Welcome to this meeting of Moderation Management. My name is ________ and I’m the discussion leader tonight.

We are a support group concerned about our drinking, and we welcome anyone who shares this concern. The purpose of Moderation Management is to provide a supportive environment for healthy decision-making about drinking and lifestyle, which includes the elimination of any harm related to alcohol use. MM support groups are not treatment or therapy. We endorse research-based guidelines for moderate drinking which emphasize good health and safety, including no drinking and driving. 

MM meetings are safe, confidential and non-judgmental. Understanding that individuals’ goals and progress vary, we offer support but do not dictate behavior. We share our experiences and strategies for moderation and balance, including techniques for behavior change and managing negative emotions.

We suggest that members refrain from using alcohol or other substances prior to meetings, so that you may be fully present for yourself and the other meeting participants. We welcome you all and are honored to have you with us.

[OPTIONAL: We encourage everyone to share a few words about their moderation journey, and if you are a newcomer, please feel free to introduce yourself and let us know what brings you here. However, you are also welcome to listen to what the others have to say until you are comfortable enough to share your own thoughts.]