My HAMS plan is so very simple ("try to get to bed at a reasonable hour"), and when I stick to it I do benefit.
Honestly I don't see myself ever being absolutely abstintent, especially as a Christian. IMHO, every Christian should drink a little bit of wine every couple of days. It's even okay sometimes through Pascha.
I just seem to have a little bit of trouble keeping this very simple guideline, so I wonder if I should continue to struggle, and if not what are the alternatives?
When I do keep this very simple guideline, it does work. And if I can't keep this very simple guideline, on what basis am I supposed to be enabled to quit drinking altogether?
No. Thursday this past week I managed to get to church for an Orthros service, which proves that planning helps but does not guarantee, because I still forgot to plug my smartphone in but I managed to get a charge on on of the new SEPTA trolleys. Also, I almost missed the train, but I didn't.
So this is to recommend Moderation over Abstinence for Alcohol to *anyone reading this.