The first step in treating addiction is always admitting you have a problem. But only 10 to 20 per cent of alcohol abusers actually seek help, which often involves group meetings like AA. Now, a promising web-based intervention that can be done at home on the computer is making it easier for drinkers quit. The Drinking Less program was developed in the Netherlands, and combines motivational and cognitive-behavioural therapy plus self-control and goal-setting. Of the 378 study participants, 18.8 per cent reduced their alcohol consumption within six months to a low-risk range. The researchers say this program is an important first step in helping alcoholics recognize and treat their addiction.