Asperger Syndrome and Alcohol: Drinking to Cope?

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Jun 15, 2008 - Psychology - 144 pages
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Asperger Syndrome and Alcohol exposes the unexplored problem of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) using alcohol as a coping mechanism to deal with everyday life. Alcohol can relieve the anxiety of social situations and make those with ASDs feel as though they can fit in. Ultimately, however, reliance on alcohol can lead the user down a path of self-destruction and exacerbate existing problems. Utilising their professional and personal experience, the authors provide an overview of ASDs and of alcohol abuse, and explore current knowledge about where the two overlap. Tinsley explores his own personal history as someone with an ASD who has experienced and beaten alcohol addiction. He discusses how the impact of his diagnosis and his understanding of the condition played a huge part in his recovery, and how by viewing his life through the prism of autism, his confusion has been replaced by a greater understanding of himself and the world around him. This inspiring book on an under-researched area will be of interest to professionals working with people with ASDs, as well as individuals with ASDs who may be dealing with alcohol or substance misuse, and their families.
 

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Contents

Foreword
7
Introduction
9
Chapter 1 Asperger Syndrome and Alcohol Why Should There Be a Link?
15
Chapter 2 Childhood and Adolescence Where Does It Start?
35
Chapter 3 The Adult Social World Friendship Relationships and Other People
45
Chapter 4 Employment Drinking and the Workplace
63
Chapter 5 Beginning of the End A Failing Strategy
75
Chapter 6 Drying Out Support and Rehabilitation
86
Chapter 7 Life Beyond the Booze Recovering Autistic Alcoholic
108
Conclusion
123
REFERENCES
125
RESOURCES
127
APPENDIX THOUGHTS FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY
128
INDEX
140
back cover
145
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Matthew Tinsley has a degree in Modern Languages and spent his entire professional life working in the sphere of specialist bookshops. After many years struggling with alcoholism and two failed marriages, he overcame his addiction. Matthew believes this is largely due to his self-awareness of his autistic condition, together with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. He is currently living in Brighton, where he aims to help spread awareness of the problems faced by those with Asperger's Syndrome. Sarah Hendrickx works as a freelance trainer and consultant in autistic spectrum conditions through her own consultancy, Hendrickx Associates. She provides professional training, Expert Witness and employment consultancy to organisations and coaching to individuals, families and couples. She is the author of several books on Asperger syndrome published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers as well as the co-author of Asperger Syndrome – A Love Story written with her partner Keith, who has been diagnosed with AS.

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