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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 consider as if they could slot in. finally, besides the fact that, reliance on alcohol can lead the consumer down a direction of self-destruction and exacerbate current problems.Utilizing their specialist and private event, the authors supply an summary of ASDs and of alcohol abuse, and discover present wisdom approximately the place the 2 overlap. Tinsley explores his personal own heritage as a person with an ASD who has skilled and crushed alcohol habit. He discusses how the influence of his analysis and his realizing of the performed a massive half in his restoration, and the way via viewing his lifestyles during the prism of autism, his confusion has been changed by means of a better realizing of himself and the area round him.This inspiring booklet on an under-researched zone may be of curiosity to pros operating with individuals with ASDs, in addition to people with ASDs who should be facing alcohol or substance misuse, and their households.

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Alcohol is an effective tranquillizer, particularly for someone who finds social groups uncomfortable. 346). • AS is known to come with a range of co-morbid mental health conditions – depression, anxiety and alcoholism – according to Tantam (in Berney 2004), but the evidence is anecdotal rather than clinical, and thus so far tenuous. • The historian Gilman Ostrander, quoted in Alcoholism: The Facts (Goodwin 2000), has a theory of alcoholism which proposes that it is a condition for individualists and loners.

Several studies have indicated that those with social anxiety disorders have an above average chance of developing alcoholism. CHAPTER 2 CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE – WHERE DOES IT START? Childhood For a child with Asperger Syndrome, the world is a very confusing and frightening place to be. These children often need consistent routines in order to feel safe and relaxed and may experience stress and anxiety from a very young age. Due to a tendency to use intellect rather than gut instinct, or intuition, to manage situations, they are working very hard to make sense of what is going on and hence can be in a constant state of awareness.

Female with Asperger Syndrome) Interestingly enough, social anxiety (sometimes known as social phobia) is sometimes said to first appear in adolescence, when young people become aware that they are ‘on their own’ socially and that their performance will have an impact on their ability to attract friends and partners. This is also often the time at which AS becomes particularly noticeable and difficult, as the safe environment of junior school is exchanged for the more complicated, variable and larger world of secondary education.

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