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Harm Reduction for Alcohol: An Idea Whose Time Has Arrived
Date:11/24/2009

hly successful harm reduction programs in America include:

  • seatbelt use to reduce injuries from automobile accidents;
  • making condoms widely available, resulting in safer sex and the reduction of STDs;
  • the distribution of clean needles among intravenous drug users to stop the spread of HIV.

Isn't it time that there was a harm reduction approach to alcohol problems, too?

HAMS founder Kenneth Anderson says, "At HAMS we see people who have been failed by standard treatment approaches to alcohol whose lives have been shattered by drinking. These people turn their lives around completely after learning simple approachable harm reduction strategies. We also see people who have never suffered any major consequences from drinking who find the disease label unhelpful and unacceptable. These people come to HAMS and turn their drinking around before it ever harms them. It does not matter how much or how little you drink, the miracle of harm reduction can work for anyone who wants to change his or her drinking for the better."

If you or a loved one wants to make a change in your drinking behavior, please visit hamsnetwork.org.

"The life you save may be your own."

Contact: Kenneth Anderson, 347 678 5671, hams@hamshrn.org

SOURCE The HAMS Harm Reduction Network, Inc


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