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How to Change Your Drinking: a Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol (2nd edition)



How to Change Your Drinking: a Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol (2nd edition)

Author: Kenneth Anderson

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

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Publish Date: October 5, 2010

ISBN-10: 145383060X

Pages: 286

File Type: Epub

Language: English

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Book Preface

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

Seattle,

Table of Contents

FRONTMATTER

PREFACE by Alan Marlatt

INTRODUCTION by Patt Denning

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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

APPENDICES

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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