Release Date:March 28, 2012
Book Preview: "Crossing The Line From Alcohol Use to Abuse to Dependence"
You have likely heard one or more of the following statements:
• Drinking coffee sobers a person up.
• Alcoholism is not a disease. Cancer is a disease. Alcoholism is a choice - put down the bottle!
• Letting your teen drink at home teaches them how to drink safely.
• An employee's alcohol use is none of a company's business.
• "Forgetting" what happened while drinking is just a convenient way of pretending you don’t remember the horrible things you did last night.
• An alcoholic has to hit bottom.
Whether any of these sound familiar or you've questioned any number of the other common presumptions about drinking alcohol, this book is for you. It can be used by parents, students, people worried about their drinking, clinicians, policy makers, law enforcement officials, doctors, veterans, domestic violence professionals, social workers, family law attorneys, medical school students, family members, business leaders and treatment center providers – the list is endless. Here readers will find the latest brain and addiction-related research and science discoveries written for the general public that debunk the common myths about drinking alcohol. For it is in believing these myths that a person’s drinking can cross the line from alcohol use to abuse to dependence.
“Crossing the Line from Alcohol Use to Abuse to Dependence” by Lisa Frederiksen is a very important resource for professionals and persons involved with those with alcohol issues. The reader will be able to learn the difference between alcohol use, abuse and alcoholism. Three stages of drinking are discussed. Twenty-one myths about alcohol are presented and an appendix is included with additional information and resources. The material is presented in a very easy-to-understand manner that is backed up with referenced scientific evidence. By clearing up the myths regarding alcohol use and dependence, readers who are engaging in alcohol use might recognize patterns that could be leading them to dependence. Hope is also offered for those who are already alcoholics, but the treatment involved is much more extensive.
Persons who have to deal with those close to them who are abusing alcohol will receive a great deal of eye opening information that will give them a better understanding of their roles with these individuals. This also involves gaining an understanding of how difficult it is to deal with Second Hand Drinking (SHD). Learning about the three stages of drinking will help them identify which stage the drinker is at. The higher the stage, the more extensive the damage is to the body, especially the brain. This is why it is critical that this information be read as soon as possible.
Having a Master’s of Science degree in a counseling field that covers rehabilitation counseling, I was very impressed with “Crossing the Line from Alcohol Use to Abuse to Dependence.” By writing the material in such a concise manner and backing it up with resources, including a link to the author’s site, this book is the perfect tool for those who are in need of this information. This book should be required reading for those pursuing careers in substance abuse. I really liked that the author clears up the many myths that are circulating regarding drinking. Ignorance and misinformation about alcoholism is prevalent in our society and in the media. I once asked a recovering addict of drugs and alcohol at what point he felt a person was an alcoholic. He personally felt that a person didn’t have a problem with alcohol until they started waking up in their own urine. This man has a doctorate in Chemistry!
I am very happy to have had the opportunity to have read “Crossing the Line from Alcohol Use to Abuse to Dependence” by Lisa Frederiksen. I feel that it will have a huge impact on being able to deal with those who are users and abusers in both my professional life as a college counselor and in my personal life as a human being with friends who have issues.