Overcoming Problem Drinking


Marcantonio Spada

Marcantonio Spada is a professor of psychological therapies at London South Bank University in conjunction with North East London NHS Foundation Trust. He is a practising clinician with extensive experience of working with problem drinkers, and a consultant cognitive behavioural therapist with the Community Alcohol and Drugs Service of the London Borough of Brent.


Overcoming Problem Drinking is a self-help guide that presents and uses many of the well established Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles, skills and techniques that have found clinical success in the treatment of alcohol related problems. However, tackling such problems may not be easy, and will require time and patience. Yet a major part of the book’s advice is aimed at helping the reader to develop coping strategies and maintenance skills, so that improvements can be sustained.

Partners and friends can help, and if possible they too should read the book, to get a better understanding of the difficulties faced and the ways in which the reader is attempting to overcome them.

This useful self-help book is in four parts;

  • Part One looks at how problem drinking is defined and how it develops.
  • Part Two explains explains how to go about building motivation for change.
  • Part Three presents a step-by-step programme for implementing change.
  • Part Four reviews a variety of strategies for maintaining change.


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CBT is [one] of the most well established forms of brief treatment for people seeking help with alcohol problems.

National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, NHS

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