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The use of alcohol by adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) to mitigate their symptoms and assist them in functioning in social situations is an area in which little research has been done to date. Here, Tinsley, who was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome (AS) as an adult, recounts his own use of alcohol, a seemingly benign habit that quickly got out of hand, hurting his personal relationships, his ability to obtain and maintain employment, and his health. Coauthor Hendrickx is training manager of an AS support project for adults, and her partner, Keith (with whom she wrote Asperger Syndrome: A Love Story), is self-diagnosed with the syndrome. Here, she enhances Tinsley's account by sharing her own experiences and explaining the intricacies of alcohol addiction. Though Tinsley's story of growing alcohol dependence is at times painful to read, the story of his recovery can give hope to all who struggle with addiction. This book will benefit professionals in the field, those diagnosed with AS, and their friends and family by increasing their awareness of the issue and perhaps helping them to avoid similar situations in their own lives. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.
—Lisa M. Jordan