GUIDELINES TO SAFE DRINKING by

GUIDELINES TO SAFE DRINKING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

How to ease up in certain specific drinking situations--not so much how to develop a healthy attitude toward alcohol use in general. Pace, who has treated alcohol problems in private practice and as part of employee health programs, lays out three steps by which readers can become aware of their individual drinking patterns and avoid overindulgence. The first is to define the setting (location/ time/type-of-beverage) where most drinking takes place; the second is to identify the preconditioning factors (upbringing, lifestyle, motivation); the third is to learn pacing (the amount of alcohol imbibed over a certain amount of time). Then Pace gets down to specifics--in scenario after scenario, with occasional notes on the contribution of preconditioning, somewhat more on learning pacing techniques. He discusses drinking at home (wine with meals is the preferred home-drinking practice); social drinking (protect party guests by providing food, mixing mild drinks, and so on); drinking and driving (don't--and don't let anyone else in your car); dining out (no before-and-after drinks, please); and some special occasions (sporting events, romantic assignations). A better guide to establishing a framework for recreational drug use is Stephen J. Levy's Managing the Drugs in Your Life (1983); but this does provide some helpful information (the time it takes to metabolize alcohol, how food can help keeping sober, comparative alcohol amounts in beverages) in a practical format.

Pub Date: Nov. 12th, 1984
Publisher: McGraw-Hill