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  • Genre:SELF-HELP
  • SubGenre:Substance Abuse & Addictions / Alcoholism
  • Language:English
  • Pages:40
  • eBook ISBN:9780990790006

Quick Guide to Secondhand Drinking

A Phenomenon That Affects Millions

by Lisa Frederiksen

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Overview
The explosion in 21st century brain research is radically changing our understanding of what happens to the brain when it’s under the influence of alcohol and when it’s on the receiving end of a person’s drinking behaviors. As a result, this science is giving us new language for talking about a phenomenon that affects 90 million Americans and hundreds of million more people worldwide. This phenomenon is Secondhand Drinking (SHD). SHD is a term to describe the negative impacts of a person’s drinking behaviors on others. Drinking behaviors include: verbal, physical or emotional abuse; driving while impaired; domestic violence; committing a crime; creating a safety risk or productivity burden for co-workers; sexual assault; generating significant economic costs to others related to lost workplace productivity, health care expenses for problems related to excessive drinking, and criminal justice and law enforcement expenses related to alcohol consumption, to name a few. People on the receiving end of these drinking behaviors experience a range of negative physical, emotional and/or quality-of-life impacts. Thus attacking the underlying problem, a person’s drinking behaviors, from the other side – preventing and protecting oneself from secondhand drinking – offers a sea change opportunity. So how does a person protect themselves from secondhand drinking without interfering with another person’s right to drink? What does stress and stress-related brain and physical changes have to do with SHD? How is it possible secondhand drinking affects 90 million Americans? And perhaps most importantly, why should we care?
Description
The explosion in 21st century brain research is radically changing our understanding of what happens to the brain when it’s under the influence of alcohol and when it’s on the receiving end of a person’s drinking behaviors. As a result, this science is giving us new language for talking about a phenomenon that affects 90 million Americans and hundreds of million more people worldwide. This phenomenon is Secondhand Drinking (SHD). SHD is a term to describe the negative impacts of a person’s drinking behaviors on others. Drinking behaviors include: verbal, physical or emotional abuse; driving while impaired; domestic violence; committing a crime; creating a safety risk or productivity burden for co-workers; sexual assault; generating significant economic costs to others related to lost workplace productivity, health care expenses for problems related to excessive drinking, and criminal justice and law enforcement expenses related to alcohol consumption, to name a few. People on the receiving end of these drinking behaviors experience a range of negative physical, emotional and/or quality-of-life impacts. Thus attacking the underlying problem, a person’s drinking behaviors, from the other side – preventing and protecting oneself from secondhand drinking – offers a sea change opportunity. So how does a person protect themselves from secondhand drinking without interfering with another person’s right to drink? What does stress and stress-related brain and physical changes have to do with SHD? How is it possible secondhand drinking affects 90 million Americans? And perhaps most importantly, why should we care?
About the author
Author of nine books, Lisa Frederiksen is a national keynote speaker, consultant and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more then a decade researching, writing, speaking and consulting on substance abuse prevention, mental illness, addiction as a brain disease, co-occurring disorders, secondhand drinking | drugging, help for the family and related subjects – all centered around 21st century brain and addiction-related research. Lisa combines her 40+ years experience with family and friends’ alcohol abuse and alcoholism and her therapy and recovery work around those experiences with this research as the basis for her three most recent books, Crossing The Line From Alcohol Use to Abuse to Dependence, Loved One In Treatment? Now What! and If You Loved Me, You’d Stop!, and her blog, BreakingTheCycles.com. She started her Quick Guide series in 2014 as a way to share relevant highlights on specific topics in order to give readers the “ah-ha” information they’ve needed to make a difference in their lives. Visit www.BreakingTheCycles.com for more information about Lisa and her work.
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