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Almost Alcoholic: Is My (or My Loved Ones) Drinking a Problem? (The Almost Effect) Paperback – March 27, 2012
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--Jeanne Segal, PhD, psychologist and founder of HelpGuide.org
"Insightful and self-reflective, Almost Alcoholic provides readers with an important opportunity to look within and consider the nature of their own relationship with alcohol."
--Ryan M. Travia, M.Ed., Harvard University Health Services
"A stunning achievement. Almost Alcoholic shines light on behavior that has thus far largely escaped scrutiny--namely drinking that is definitely causing problems even though it doesn't rise to a diagnostic level--and not only helps individuals understand the costs of their drinking but goes further, offering practical advice and solutions for those so afflicted."
--J.Wesley Boyd, MD, PhD, Staff Psychiatrist, Cambridge Health Alliance and Children's Hospital Boston Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
"The Almost Effect Series of books captures the fundamentally human experiences and helps readers interpret what the symptoms might mean--both for themselves and others. The Almost Effect collection should be required reading for those interested in psychology and human behavior."
--Howard J. Shaffer, PhD, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Division on Addiction at the Cambridge Health Alliance, co-author: Change Your Gambling, Change Your Life
About the Author
Clinical psychologist Joseph Nowinski, PhD, was assistant professor of Psychiatry at the University of California-San Francisco and associate adjunct professor of Psychology at the University of Connecticut. He is currently a columnist for the Huffington Post and works in private practice.
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The book sheds light on common perplexing questions: "How many drinks a night are too many?" Or, "What if I never drink alone, can I be alcoholic?" Or, "He came home drunk last night, and doesn't remember a thing. Should I worry?" Usually, it's the other person wondering this, not the problem drinker (if only one could be just a tad more self-aware while developing a drinking problem.)
A hidden benefit to this book is that it may help un-diagnose someone who's worried they are becoming an alcoholic, but aren't. There are so many self-investigation jumping-off points in this book, that anyone will be hard pressed to finish it without discovering that another substance, or activity, plays a role in one's life much like alcohol does for the almost alcoholic (like sugary treats).
Part 1 focuses on explaining what an "almost alcoholic" is, with chapters called:
What is Almost Alcoholic?
Becoming an Almost Alcoholic
Your Relationship with Alcohol
Making the Decision to Change
These chapters cover concepts like drinking to relieve stress, drinking alone, and the looking forward to a drink/drinking as indicators of being in the midst of developing a problem with alcohol.Read more ›
So thoroughly has drinking and alcohol become part of our adult culture, that we may not necessarily see what a sneaky poison it can be in our lives and relationships. And once it enters a family system, it may be very hard to get it out. This book helps the interested reader to evaluate patterns of behavior and make changes proactively, if necessary. The writing is also gentle and nonblaming around some issues that may be quite sensitive and difficult. Thank you, Drs. Doyle and Nowinski, for expanding these important internal and external conversations around drinking in a way that will hopefully have lasting impact.
After reading the Almost Alcoholic I am left asking myself some questions. Which is to say that I think the book serves the purpose in allowing the reader to self assess. I found the book very interesting and the idea of raising awareness of the Almost Alcoholic concept inspired. I think the concept of the book is a huge leap forward in enlightening people of the dangers of drinking in what now may be described as "moderate" but could be dangerous for some. Without a doubt this book is a great and meaningful work that is sure to be recognized in opening up increased dialog and understanding on the subject.
Overall the book offers considerable insight through the use of characterizations of relatable thorny, demoralizing and unaddressed emotional issues presented in an understanding, compassionate and non-judgemental way.
Initially you might consider this is just another book by the medical community yet again denying us another one of our pleasures.
But after reading the book a second time it almost seems like an entirely different book. The first time I blew through it on a weekend hoping to reassure myself that in fact I didn't have an issue with alcohol despite knowing that I had most definitely had my own slippery slope "Almost Alcoholic" experience over the course of the two years prior to my divorce. After abstaining for several months I was hoping for a reality check which in fact the book delivered.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is amazing. It touches on the problem that many people don't even consider. I highly recommend this book to anyone who thinks they may have a problem with drinking.Published 2 months ago by Anastasia
Interesting, but I was hoping to get ideas how to deal with a loved one who is borderline alcoholic, and doesn't provide useful, practical information, at least not in the first... Read morePublished 8 months ago by jr
Excellent book.. Must read for families, individuals, anyone exposed to potential drinking problems with family, friends, etc. It is a 'discovery' book and well written.Published 9 months ago by Steven Bernstein
This book gave me a lot to think about. I am going to recommend it to more then a few friendsPublished 13 months ago by kathy heist
Must read for all people dealing with problems resulting from alcohol consumption. As a liver transplant recipient, I can speak with some authority on this subject and the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by John Vogels