By Matthew Tinsley
Asperger Syndrome and Alcohol exposes the unexplored challenge of individuals with Autism Spectrum problems (ASDs) utilizing alcohol as a coping mechanism to accommodate daily life. Alcohol can relieve the anxiousness of social occasions and make people with ASDs suppose as if they could slot in. finally, notwithstanding, reliance on alcohol can lead the person down a course of self-destruction and exacerbate current problems.Utilizing their expert and private adventure, the authors offer an summary of ASDs and of alcohol abuse, and discover present wisdom approximately the place the 2 overlap. Tinsley explores his personal own background as a person with an ASD who has skilled and crushed alcohol habit. He discusses how the effect of his prognosis and his knowing of the performed an immense half in his restoration, and the way by way of viewing his existence throughout the prism of autism, his confusion has been changed by means of a better figuring out of himself and the area round him.This inspiring ebook on an under-researched quarter may be of curiosity to pros operating with individuals with ASDs, in addition to people with ASDs who could be facing alcohol or substance misuse, and their households.
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Male with Asperger Syndrome) There are a number of studies on the general population that focus on the use of alcohol for self-medication of anxiety and other mental health issues. ). These same people may also be unlikely to have a diagnosis of AS. This is particularly so if they are older, as there has only been an awareness of Asperger Syndrome in the English language since the late 1980s, with the original work only being translated from German in 1991. One such study, as quoted in the Mental Health Foundation’s Cheers?
My total lack of practicality would have been a recipe for disaster, if it had been left to me to do such tasks, although I think I may now be able to cope with a certain level of responsibility. My problem is in not being able to foresee situations that may arise which require forward planning. This could have led to disaster. One of the main problems in all my relationships was that I didn’t take my partners’ concerns seriously. Any problems with our relationship or my drinking were brushed under the carpet in my mind.
One such study, as quoted in the Mental Health Foundation’s Cheers? 19). The same study found that nearly half the people questioned reported that alcohol made them feel less inhibited and more confident, with around 50 per cent of this sample drinking above the recommended limits. Over 40 per cent said they drank alcohol in order to ‘fit in’. For those with AS who were asked, drinking alcohol did play a part in helping some of them socialize: I often drink on my own before going out, so that I am confident when I arrive rather than being anxious at first.