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1 An Alcohol Harm Reduction Self-Help Manual H Harm reduction Copyright © 2010 The HAMS Harm Reduction Network A alcohol Abstinence M Moderate drinking S Support group from

2 How to Change Your Drinking: a Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol Author: Kenneth Anderson Preface: Alan Marlatt PhD Introduction: Patt Denning PhD Edition: 2nd List Price: $17.00 ISBN: X Page Count: 290 Binding Type: US Trade Paper Trim Size: 8" x 10" Publication Date: Oct Language: English Color: Black and White

3 Why Do We Need Harm Reduction for Alcohol? Contrasting the different types of programs Moderate drinking programs Abstinence-only programs The alcohol harm reduction approach

4 Moderate drinking programs Moderate drinking programs are aimed at people with mild to moderate drinking problems Moderate drinking programs have strict drinking limits (e.g. the NIAAA recommends a limit of 14 beers per week for men and 7 for women) – they do not allow for alcohol intoxication Moderate drinking programs recommend that more severe problem drinkers or people who cannot maintain moderate limits seek an abstinence-only approach

5 Outcomes Moderate drinking programs tend to have a good success rate with mild to moderate problem drinkers Abstinence-only programs are a good fit for the people who choose them However, the NIAAA tells us that only 7% of people with an alcohol problem will seek treatment, and studies show that 2/3s of people drop out of 12 step treatment WHAT ABOUT EVERYBODY ELSE? DO WE SAY “ABSTAIN OR DIE”?

6 The most appropriate approach for people who are failed by abstinence-only approaches or moderate drinking programs is a harm reduction approach The more alcohol-related problems a person has, the greater the need for harm reduction – just as the more needles a person uses, the more the person needs clean needles The same type of compassionate and pragmatic strategies used in harm reduction programs for drugs can be used for harm reduction for alcohol

7 Harm Reduction and Intoxication A harm reduction approach to alcohol does not condemn recreational intoxication as a moral failing nor does it view recreational intoxication as a “disease” A harm reduction approach to alcohol recognizes that some people choose to get intoxicated because they receive certain benefits from doing so A harm reduction approach to alcohol seeks to minimize risks associated with alcohol use and alcohol intoxication

8 The HAMS Program The HAMS program supports goals of safer drinking, reduced drinking, or quitting alcohol altogether HAMS encourages individuals to pick goals which they feel are right for them and doable HAMS encourages individuals to prioritize goals and eliminate the riskiest behaviors first HAMS offers 17 optional elements which can be done in any order and a harm reduction toolbox to help people build their own individualized harm reduction programs

9 The 17 Elements of HAMS 1. Do a Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) of your drinking 2. Choose a drinking goal--safer drinking, reduced drinking, or quitting 3. Learn about risk ranking and rank your risks 4. Learn about the HAMS tools and strategies for changing your drinking 5. Make a plan to achieve your drinking goal 6. Use alcohol-free time to reset your drinking habits 7. Learn to cope without booze 8. Address outside issues that affect drinking

10 9. Learn to have fun without booze 10. Learn to believe in yourself 11. Use a chart to plan and track your drinks and drinking behaviors day by day 12. Evaluate your progress - honestly report struggles - revise plans or goals as needed 13. Practice damage control as needed 14. Get back on the horse 15. Graduating from HAMS, sticking around, or coming back 16. Praise yourself for every success!! 17. Move at your own pace--you don't have to do it all at once

11 My Drinking Goal Worksheet

12 Sample Drinking Goal Worksheet

13 The Harm Reduction Pyramid

14 Risk Ranking Worksheets

15 Drinking Plan Worksheets

16 Blank Drinking Chart

17 Sample Drinking Chart

18 Sample Tools from the Toolbox Cognitive Behavioral tools for abstinence or harm reduction What causes blackouts and how to avoid them What causes alcohol withdrawal and how to avoid it Safe tapering information Cannabis substitution for alcohol dependence Dealing with a spouse’s drinking from a harm reduction perspective Limiting cash to reduce drinking Drinking at home to avoid alcohol related problems

19 Thank You!


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