How to Change Your Drinking: a Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol (2nd edition)
If you are a drinker who is looking for a change in your use/abuse of alcohol, this is the book for you. Ken Anderson (himself a former problem drinker) and The HAMS Harm Reduction Network have provided us with a helpful manual telling us how to follow through on whatever choice we make about changing our drinking behavior: either to give it up altogether (abstinence), to enhance moderate drinking, and/or to practice harm reduction strategies to avoid negative consequences of excessive drinking. As such, this manual is similar to a driver’s training program for safety on the road (whether to slow down, drive safely, or get off the road altogether).
Most people with drinking problems are similar to drivers who end up at an intersection on the highway: the traffic light can be Green (keep drinking at your usual speed), Red (stop drinking), or Yellow (slow down and proceed with caution). Most alcohol treatment programs show nothing but Stop signs, and drinkers are confronted if they run the Red light.
The Yellow light represents a harm reduction, middle-of-the road approach that gives the driver a signal to Yield, given the risks involved of not stopping. Drivers get to take caution and proceed with safety for themselves and other drivers at the intersection.
Readers will be guided in how to make the right choice in terms of choosing your new drinking goal and learning new coping strategies to keep on track and follow the safe road. You will always have control over the choices you make, and this manual will give you the skills and direction you need to make a safe trip. Happy travels.
G. Alan Marlatt, PhD
Professor and Director
Addictive Behaviors Research Center
University of Washington
Table of Contents
PREFACE by Alan Marlatt
INTRODUCTION by Patt Denning
PART I: BETTER IS BETTER – THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF HARM REDUCTION
CHAPTER ONE: Introducing Harm Reduction for Alcohol
CHAPTER TWO: How the HAMS Approach Works
PART II: HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN ALCOHOL HARM REDUCTION PROGRAM – THE HAMS ELEMENTS
CHAPTER THREE: Weighing the Pros and Cons of Your Drinking
CHAPTER FOUR: Choosing Your Drinking Goal
CHAPTER FIVE: Risk Ranking
CHAPTER SIX: The Alcohol Harm Reduction Toolbox
CHAPTER SEVEN: Making Your Plan
CHAPTER EIGHT: Alcohol-Free Time
CHAPTER NINE: Coping With Life Without Relying on Booze
CHAPTER TEN: Alcohol and Outside Issues
CHAPTER ELEVEN: Having Fun Without Booze
CHAPTER TWELVE: You Are What You Believe
CHAPTER THIRTEEN: Charting and Measuring
CHAPTER FOURTEEN: Tweaking the Plan
CHAPTER FIFTEEN: Damage Control: Dealing With Slips, Setbacks, and Ricochets
CHAPTER SIXTEEN: Patience, Practice, and Persistence
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: Graduating, Staying, or Returning
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN Reward, Praise, and Affirm Yourself!!
CHAPTER NINETEEN: Moving at Your Own Pace
PART III: EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ALCOHOL* *But you got told to go to AA and not to ask
CHAPTER TWENTY: Alcohol and the Brain
CHAPTER TWENTY ONE: Alcohol and the Body
CHAPTER TWENTY TWO: Preventing Alcohol Withdrawal
CHAPTER TWENTY THREE: Alcohol Tolerance
CHAPTER TWENTY FOUR: Hangover
CHAPTER TWENTY FIVE: Preventing Alcoholic Blackouts
CHAPTER TWENTY SIX: Facts and Myths About Cross Addiction and Cross Tolerance
PART IV: HARM REDUCTION IN CONTEXT
CHAPTER TWENTY SEVEN: Harm Reduction Information for Friends and Family of Drinkers
CHAPTER TWENTY EIGHT: The HAMS Support Group
CHAPTER TWENTY NINE: Harm Reduction and the Stages of Change Model
CHAPTER THIRTY: Alcohol, Individual, and Environment
CHAPTER THIRTY ONE: How the Meaning of the Word “Alcoholism” Has Changed
CHAPTER THIRTY TWO: To the Health Care Professional
APPENDIX I: Drug and Alcohol Interactions
APPENDIX II: Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Charts
APPENDIX III: Naltrexone, and the Magic of Pharmacological Extinction
APPENDIX IV: How Effective Is AA and 12 Step Treatment?
APPENDIX V: Carbs, Sugar, and Alcohol Content of Various Drinks
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