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The acronym HAMS stands for Harm reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support. HAMS is a free-of-charge, peer-led support group for people who wish to reduce the harm in their lives associated with the use alcohol or other drugs. HAMS Harm Reduction strategies are defined in the 17 elements of HAMS.

HAMS supports every positive change. Whether your goal is safer drinking, reduced drinking, or quitting altogether, you will find a safe and supportive environment here. If you want to change your drinking, you've come to the right place.


Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies intended to reduce the negative consequences of high risk behaviors such as overdrinking or drug use. Harm reduction is a nonjudgmental approach that attempts to meet people "where they are at" with their drinking or drug use. This pragmatic approach is supportive of anyone who wishes to minimize the harm of a high risk behavior such as drinking or drug use.

The HAMS handbook is available from Amazon:

How to Change Your Drinking: a Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol.

For more info about HAMS including online support groups please visit