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Book details
  • Genre:SELF-HELP
  • SubGenre:Substance Abuse & Addictions / Alcoholism
  • Language:English
  • Pages:80
  • eBook ISBN:9780981684468

Crossing the Line From Alcohol Use to Abuse to Dependence

Debunking Myths About Drinking Alcohol That Can Cause a Person to Cross the Line

by Lisa Frederiksen View author's profile page

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Overview
Most people are unaware there is a line comprised of the three stages of drinking: alcohol use, abuse and dependence, believing instead that drinking is either “normal” or “alcoholic.” Most people are unaware there are increments along the line itself, that 35% of American adults never drink alcohol, or that 37% of American adults always drink within “low-risk” drinking limits. Thus examining and challenging the common myths from a scientific perspective can help readers recognize what it takes to cross the line from alcohol use to abuse to dependence and what it takes to stop the progression.
Description
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. And what is this “line?” It represents the three stages of drinking briefly described below: • Alcohol Use = “low-risk” or moderate drinking [Myth 1] • Alcohol Abuse = repeated binge drinking and/or routine heavy social drinking [Myth 9] • Alcohol Dependence = alcoholism, one of the brain diseases of addiction [Myth 10] Most people are unaware there is a line comprised of these three stages of drinking, believing instead that drinking is either “normal” or “alcoholic.” Most people are unaware there are increments along the line itself, that 35% of American adults never drink alcohol, or that 37% of American adults always drink within “low-risk” drinking limits. Thus examining and challenging the common myths from a scientific perspective can help readers recognize what it takes to cross the line from alcohol use to abuse to dependence and what it takes to stop the progression. Much of the breakthrough research being presented is the result of two very important decades: the Decade of the Brain – the 1990s – and the Decade of Discovery – the 2000s. Much of it is the result of new imaging technologies that allow neuroscientists and medical professionals to study the live human brain in action and over time. As for the research itself… It is being conducted and reported by numerous national and international agencies and organizations, such as the NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency), the Partnership at DrugFree.org, the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse), and the WHO (World Health Organization), to name a few. So, we’ll begin at the beginning of the line with alcohol use – Myth 1.
About the author

 Lisa Frederiksen has 40+ years of personal experience with secondhand drinking, a concept she first introduced in 2009. Working to overcome its impact, she's spent the last 16 years studying and simplifying the newest brain and scientific research on topics related to those experiences. These topics include alcoholism, drug addiction, alcohol and other drug use disorders, mental illness, co-occurring disorders, the family member's experience, toxic stress, adverse childhood experiences, codependency, brain development, and childhood trauma.

Lisa founded BreakingTheCycles.com in 2008 to change, and in some cases simply start, the conversations on these topics. She has appeared as an expert guest on a variety of television, radio, and Internet radio programs, as well as authoring hundreds of blog posts and articles for other publications. She is a nationally-recognized keynote speaker with over 30 years' public speaking experience, and the author of twelve books, including Loved One In Treatment? Now What! and Secondhand Drinking: The Phenomenon That Affects Millions. She consults with individuals, families, and organizational clients throughout the United States and from as far away as Kenya, Mexico, and Ireland.

For more about Lisa Frederiksen, visit BreakingTheCycles.com and LisaFrederiksen.com.

Updated August 2019

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