Asperger’s and Alcoholism

The connection between Asperger’s and Alcoholism is one that often confuses many people. There are many theories, as well as misconceptions about both conditions that very few people understand well. To understand more about Asperger’s and alcoholism, we’ve answered a few important questions that people commonly have below.

What is Asperger’s Syndrome?
Asperger’s syndrome is a condition that falls into the Autism Spectrum Disorders. Asperger’s is considered to be a high functioning form of autism, meaning that it is not as impairing as other types of autism.

It is typically characterized by impaired social interaction and stereotyped patterns of behavior or preoccupation with objects, but unlike other Autistic disorders is not typically include development delays in speech or the ability to care for one’s self. The disorder is named after the Austrian physician Hans Asperger, who first characterized the disorder in 1944.

Because of the unique characteristics of Asperger’s, it can be difficult for others to understand what it is like to have Asperger’s or a close family member with the syndrome. It can also lead to other problems, such as depression and other mood disorders.

Treatment for Asperger’s usually involves behavioral therapy focused on helping the person learn how to cope and react in social situations. Many adults with Asperger’s are able to live fully functioning and emotionally healthy lives when treatment has been sought.

Does Asperger’s Cause Alcoholism?
It is important to understand that Asperger’s does not cause alcoholism. Alcoholism can be caused by a number of circumstances, including social reasons, depression, and even genetics.

However, those with Asperger’s may be slightly more susceptible to alcoholism, just as those with depression or bipolar may also be. Alcohol is often seen as a way to self medicate oneself or deal with problems. Perfectly “healthy” people are just at as much risk for alcoholism as someone with Asperger’s may be. Growing from childhood into adulthood can be very difficult for those diagnosed with Asperger’s and the typical pressure of drinking can lead to alcoholism, especially since alcoholism can seem like a temporary “cure-all” or an escape method for coping with other issues. If the Asperger’s has never been successfully treated or acknowledged, this can make alcohol abuse an even more likelihood, just as there is an increased risk for alcoholism for anyone with untreated disorder such as depression.

To learn more about Asperger’s and alcoholism, it is best to talk with a medical professional that is experienced with both conditions and how the two relate to one another. There are also a wide variety of books available, which should be on the reading list for everyone that has a need to understand more about Asperger’s and alcoholism. We’ve listed a few that we found helpful below.

Learning to understand more about Asperger’s and Alcoholism can make a difference if you or someone you know is diagnosed with Asperger’s. Knowing the risks associated with the condition for developing alcoholism, as well as how Asperger’s and alcoholism are related can be helpful for both the individuals as well as family members and friends.

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