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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 house way of life. Alcohol can relieve the anxiousness of social events and make people with ASDs think as if they could slot in. eventually, despite the fact that, reliance on alcohol can lead the person down a course of self-destruction and exacerbate present problems.Utilizing their specialist and private event, 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 background as somebody with an ASD who has skilled and overwhelmed alcohol dependancy. He discusses how the influence of his prognosis and his figuring out of the situation performed an incredible half in his restoration, and the way through viewing his existence in the course of the prism of autism, his confusion has been changed via a better figuring out of himself and the realm round him.This inspiring publication on an under-researched quarter should be of curiosity to execs 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 relied upon him to help me solve problems and give me a sense of perspective whenever life seemed to overwhelm me. I actually felt that I was beginning to get a grip on my alcohol intake. I would still drink a lot of beer, but my consumption of spirits dropped considerably. I even felt confident enough to tell my new partner that I had a drink problem, in order to give her the option of not proceeding with our relationship. In fact, this wasn’t to lead to the end of our relationship for another ten years.

He suggests that this implies that the symptoms of social anxiety must thus already be symptoms of these developmental disorders. Both those with AS and ASPERGER SYNDROME AND ALCOHOL – WHY SHOULD THERE BE A LINK? / 29 those with social anxiety disorder will avoid social situations for fear of humiliation and/or embarrassment at ‘getting it wrong’. One adult with Asperger Syndrome explains this: It’s not so much ‘getting it wrong’ but a matter of accepting (or knowing) time after time that you don’t know what to do and have no hope of ‘getting it right’, so it’s easier not to bother.

Older friends may be more tolerant of a younger person or appreciate the high level of knowledge that a person with AS may have on certain topics. They may be less concerned with being ‘cool’ and be more likely to take the person for who he or she is. A younger friend may look up to the person with AS and allow that person to be the dominant one in the relationship – possibly for the first time in his or her life. If you have experienced many years of bullying and exclusion from social activities, the opportunity to be the one looked up to is to be relished.

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