Asperger Syndrome and Alcohol: Drinking to Cope?

Author(s) : Matthew Tinsley, Author(s) : Sarah Hendrickx

Asperger Syndrome and Alcohol: Drinking to Cope?

Book Details

  • Publisher : Jessica Kingsley
  • Published : 2008
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
    Autism and Aspergers
  • Category 2 :
    Addictions
  • Catalogue No : 27615
  • ISBN 13 : 9781843106098
  • ISBN 10 : 1843106094
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This book 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. Matthew 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played a huge part in his recovery, and how by viewing his life through the prism of autism, his confusion has been replaced by a greater understanding of himself and the world around him.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.

About the Author(s)

Sarah Hendrickx is a Training Manager at Aspire, a project offering training for organisations and mentoring for adults with Asperger Syndrome in Brighton and Hove, UK. Sarah also works as a freelance trainer and consultant in autistic spectrum conditions.

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