By Matthew Tinsley

Asperger Syndrome and Alcohol exposes the unexplored challenge of individuals with Autism Spectrum problems (ASDs) utilizing alcohol as a coping mechanism to accommodate daily life. Alcohol can relieve the anxiousness of social occasions and make people with ASDs believe as if they could slot in. finally, although, reliance on alcohol can lead the person down a course of self-destruction and exacerbate current problems.Utilizing their expert and private adventure, the authors offer an outline of ASDs and of alcohol abuse, and discover present wisdom approximately the place the 2 overlap. Tinsley explores his personal own heritage as an individual with an ASD who has skilled and overwhelmed alcohol habit. He discusses how the impression of his prognosis and his figuring out of the performed a major half in his restoration, and the way via viewing his existence throughout the prism of autism, his confusion has been changed through a better knowing of himself and the area round him.This inspiring ebook on an under-researched sector should be of curiosity to pros operating with individuals with ASDs, in addition to people with ASDs who might be facing alcohol or substance misuse, and their households.

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I was quite happy, and only in retrospect does it seem obvious to me that I was different from my peers at school, and that my lack of interest in close relationships or in anything social, apart from a couple of mates, was in any way out of the ordinary. 42 / ASPERGER SYNDROME AND ALCOHOL Alcohol in adolescence A survey by the Youth Justice Board (2001), quoted on the government’s Wired for Health website (Department of Health 2007), reports that between the ages of 11 and 16, over 80 per cent of young people will have tried alcohol.

I felt that I had lost the only chance I would ever have to be in a relationship. I didn’t understand that I was merely going through what most people have to endure in their lifetimes – relationships coming to their natural conclusion. I believed that this was my only chance of a relationship – a typical example of the black-and-white thinking that comes with AS, I suppose. I was sick with loss for over six months, and only felt that I could get over what had happened about a year later. My next partner was a mature student, eight years older than me, whom I met at university.

43 I was not at all interested in alcohol during my teenage years, although I did try it a couple of times with friends when no adults were around. I didn’t really start drinking until I went to college at the age of 19 to study languages. I found student life to be a total mystery. I was studying in London, and remained at home with my parents whilst I studied. The idea of moving out and sharing a flat with other students did not occur to me at all. I was totally at ease at home. What on earth would I want to leave for?

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