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Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1984
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"A landmark . . . A must for anyone concerned about drinking."—Alcoholism, Journal of the American Medical Society on Alcoholism and the Research Society on Alcoholism
"Vital, simple, world-changing information."—Co-Evolution Quarterly
"Under The Influence will advance by light years the understanding of alcoholism and the recovery process."—Mel Schulstad, Cofounder, National Association of Alcoholism Counselors
From the Publisher
How to tell if someone you know is an alcoholic.
The progressive stages of alcoholism.
How to get an alcoholic into treatment -- and how to choose a treatment program.
Why frequently prescribed drugs can be dangerous -- even fatal -- for alcoholics.
How to ensure a lasting recovery.
"Vital, simple, world-changing information." -- Co-Evolution Quarterly
"Under The Influence will advance by light years the understanding of alcoholism and the recovery process." -- Mel Schulstad, Cofounder, National Association of Alcoholism Counselors
- Publisher : Bantam; Reissue edition (July 1, 1984)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553274872
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553274875
- Item Weight : 4.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.14 x 0.67 x 6.88 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And I also really appreciated the section on tranquilizers and sedatives and the potential devastating effects they can have on an individual if combined with alcohol. I know that to be true on a very personal level. However, even now, thirty years after this book was published, most general family practitioners seem completely ignorant on alcoholism. I've been to see doctors, complaining of insomnia and anxiety, and they seemed very unconcerned with my alcohol intake and were eager to write me a prescription for a sedative and send me on my way. Then I went to see a psychiatrist and told him about my overwhelming anxiety and said I was drinking heavily to cope. He told me to "try to cut down on the drinking", then gave me some very powerful benzos to take "as needed". After reading this book I now realize how incredibly negligent these doctors were!
If you are an alcoholic, the one most important thing to take away from this book is that booze isn't helping you cope, it is in fact making it more and more impossible to cope. Your only chance for freedom is abstinence. This book provides a good, solid plan for recognizing your problem, understanding your condition and getting help. I highly recommend it. Of course, most people who are in the later stages of alcoholism usually are not capable of reading books so I would also recommend this to anyone close to someone in that situation as a means to understand what they are going through and what you can do to help.
Would also recommend reading Sugar Blues by William Dufty. I
This book is available for free reading/download ... just do a search. Dufty's book may be as well....
Always, always check online for free downloads on books that are no longer copyrighted... They are often available.
I can't believe the information in this book isn't being widely publicized and utilized in treatment centers, etc. The information in this book, finally, explains exactly why the alcoholic drinker reacts differently to alcohol than other drinkers. It finally puts to rest the questions and confusion and really helped me understand that it is not at all an issue of morals, determination or will-power, but an actual metabolic difference. So simple - yet so incredibly enlightening.
Again - if you or someone you know has a drinking problem, this book is invaluable in understanding what's happening inside the body of the alcoholic. This is a MUST READ for anyone affected by alcoholism.
highly recommended for anyone
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This book can genuinely change your life!