Secondhand Drinking | Secondhand Drugging (SHD)

Secondhand drinking, secondhand drugging – they’re as real as secondhand smoke. They are what happens to those who are on the receiving end of a person’s drinking or drug abuse behaviors.

Secondhand Drinking | Secondhand Drugging (SHD)

SHD is what happens to the person who must cope with the arguments, the verbal/physical or emotional abuse, the physical assault, the sexual assault, the behaviors that occur in a blackout, the accident caused when driving while impaired. They are the impacts another person experiences as a result of trying to cope with a person’s drinking / drugging behaviors, which are the behaviors a person engages in as a result of drinking or using a drug in quantities that exceed that which the body and brain can handle.


Secondhand Drinking – It’s as Real as Secondhand Smoke.
It’s what happens to those on the receiving end of a person’s drinking behaviors – like parental arguments rooted in excessive drinking.

I have had a great deal of interest, lately, about the concept of secondhand drinking, secondhand drugging (SHD), so I thought it might be helpful to pull together some previous blog post links on this subject. The term is meant to cause impressions similar to those people have when they hear “secondhand smoke,” a term that immediately brings to mind the impacts of a person’s smoking on others.

  1. Secondhand Drinking | Drugging – Understand | Treat | Prevent – Break the Cycles
  2. The Health Consequences of Secondhand Drinking | Drugging (SHD)
  3. Understanding the Secondhand Drinking | Drugging – Codependency Connection
  4. Protecting Yourself From Secondhand Drinking

Two other blog posts you may find helpful when trying to better understand and prevent SHDD are included below:

  1. An Unsent Letter to Dad: the Impact of Secondhand Drinking on Children
  2. Unfortunately Love is in the Brain, Not the Heart

Lisa Frederiksen

Lisa Frederiksen

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Author of nine books and hundreds of articles, Lisa Frederiksen is a national keynote speaker, consultant and founder of She has spent more then a decade researching, writing, speaking and consulting on substance abuse prevention, mental illness, addiction as a brain disease, dual diagnosis, secondhand drinking | drugging, help for the family and related subjects – all centered around 21st century brain and addiction-related research. Her clients (some as far as Kenya, Slovenia and Mexico), include: individuals, families, military troops and personnel, U.S. Forest Service districts and regions, medical school students, businesses, social workers, parent and student groups, family law attorneys, treatment providers and the like. Visit for details. Please feel free to call Lisa at 650-362-3026 or email her at

2 Responses to Secondhand Drinking | Secondhand Drugging (SHD)

  1. doug says:

    Great that you covering such topic. Its so important. Especially young adults in the UK are getting drunk and using drugs every day. its horrible. people should be more educated..

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