The Sobering Truth

The Sobering Truth

by Jeff Herten M.D.

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The Sobering Truth by Jeff Herten M.D.

For over 30 years, author Dr. Jeff Herten was a high-functioning alcoholic — one who drinks every day, yet continues to lead a productive, successful life. Now he shares his first-hand knowledge of the conspiracy of misinformation about the healthful nature of alcohol.

In the introduction to The Sobering Truth Herten describes alcohol as the most addictive and destructive drug on the planet. Those are bold claims considering competing drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and meth. But, a recent study published on November 1, 2010 in the respected medical journal Lancet, supports his claims. Alcohol affects us not only emotionally but physically. Alcohol consumption is contributory to nine different cancers, heart disease, acid reflux, osteoporosis, immune system suppression, hypertension, stroke, depression, allergies, peripheral neuropathy, insomnia, hepatitis, pancreatitis and diabetes; and causes fetal alcohol syndrome. The Sobering Truth explores the numerous facets of alcohol consumption in the United States, including the physical risks, the behaviors associated with alcohol, and the innocent victims of alcohol abuse. But it also offers hope for those wishing to become sober and recommends resources to help them turn their lives around.

Frank and honest, and including many case studies, The Sobering Truth is a must-read for every spouse, parent, child, employer, physician, and counselor whose life is touched by alcohol. It may be just the wake-up call you need.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615378466
Publisher: Sobering Truth Press
Publication date: 07/22/2010
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 0.79(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Realization 5

Chapter 2 You're Different When You Drink 11

Chapter 3 How Alcohol Makes You Drunk 15

Chapter 4 My Life With The Bottle: Part I 21

Chapter 5 Dying of Acute Alcohol Poisoning 37

Chapter 6 Dying from Chronic Alcohol Poisoning 43

Chapter 7 For Teens and Young Adults: Your Whole Life Changed in One Wasted Moment 51

Chapter 8 The Brainwashing of America's Youth 59

Chapter 9 Alcohol and Your Health: The Great Hoax 71

Chapter 10 Alcohol and Cancer 73

Chapter 11 Alcohol and the Heart 85

Chapter 12 Alcohol and Hypertension 89

Chapter 13 Alcohol and Depression 91

Chapter 14 Alcohol and Osteoporosis 93

Chapter 15 Alcohol and the Immune System 97

Chapter 16 Alcohol and Allergies 101

Chapter 17 Alcohol and GERD 105

Chapter 18 Alcohol and Peripheral Neuropathy 109

Chapter 19 Alcohol and Insomnia 111

Chapter 20 Alcoholic Encephalopathy 113

Chapter 21 Alcoholic Hepatitis 117

Chapter 22 Alcoholic Pancreatitis 121

Chapter 23 Alcohol, Obesity, and Diabetes 125

Chapter 24 Lesser-known Health Problems Due to Alcohol 129

Chapter 25 Fetal Alcohol Syndrome 135

Chapter 26 My Life with the Bottle: Part II 145

Chapter 27 Alcoholic and Addicted Doctors 155

Chapter 28 DUI 171

Chapter 29 Observations of a Highway Patrol Officer 181

Chapter 30 Scott 187

Chapter 31 The Sarcastic Drunk 195

Chapter 32 The Mean Drunk 203

Chapter 33 Monsters 203

Chapter 34 I Have an Excuse 213

Chapter 35 Native Americans 219

Chapter 36 Reactive Drinking 227

Chapter 37 Bud 233

Chapter 38 Concealing the Problem 245

Chapter 39 The Drunk in the Boardroom 253

Chapter 40 Ernest Hemingway 261

Chapter 41 Pride Cometh before the Drink: The Failure of Personal Strength and Willpower in the Battle against Alcohol 265

Chapter 42 He Had It All 269

Chapter 43 The Trail Ride 271

Chapter 44 The Holiday Party 279

Chapter 45 Lessons from the Liberty Tattoo Clinic 283

Chapter 46 Enabling 291

Chapter 47 Alcoholism: Criteria 297

Chapter 48 How I Got Sober 315

Chapter 49 Why Should You Quit? 321

Chapter 50 If You Only Knew: The Informed Consent 325

Works Cited 331

Appendix 1 Alcohol and Cancer 333

Appendix 2 The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous 339

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MaryMoses More than 1 year ago
Dr. Jeff Herten's book, The Sobering Truth, is a valuable and necessary addition to the thoughtful person's library. Too often in today's world, the perils of alcohol are overlooked, sneered at or dismissed. We are bombarded with the glossy, manufactured image of the drinker surrounded by alluring members of the opposite sex, expensive or exotic locales or deliriously happy sports fans. The message is clear: consume our product and you, too, can have all this. And, too often, the public buys into this image. What adult wouldn't want to achieve all those unfulfilled pipe dreams hidden away since adolescence? These false illusions disguise the deadly aftermath of the consumption of booze. Binge drinking among college students has reached epidemic proportions, with several deaths by alcohol poisoning reported in the media. Ask those who live near off-campus housing or the local police about the problem. Carefully, logically and in clear language Dr. Herten explains the insidious effects of alcohol on the human body-all of it. He relates the specific damage that occurs when the functions of particular organs are attacked and eroded by liquor. Carefully avoiding impossible-to-pronounce medical terms, he presents a compelling case for the need for everyone to recognize these dangers. Jeff Herten brings two-fold expertise to the book: He is a highly respected dermatologist, dermatopathologist and medical school professor; and a former high-functioning alcoholic. His story of slipping into the hazy area of addiction is compelling and the reader can easily see danger hidden in the socially acceptable, even desirable, lure of the casual cocktail or beer. Herten never whines, but rather presents in an honest and straightforward manner the sequence of his casual drinking that led to the recognition of his problem. The reader clearly understands how his condition was hidden from colleagues, family and self. Alcoholism, he says, often lies hidden, and always is the subject of fierce denial. Dr. Herten not only presents the perils of drinking, but presents a path to recovery. His easy-to-read book, The Sobering Truth, provides a valuable addition to the thinking person's library and bank of knowledge. It is an honest, courageous and well-written book. Mary Moses, author of The Mill and The Family