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This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, high quality Discover Happiness & high quality Change Your Life outlet sale

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This Naked Mind has ignited a movement across the country, helping thousands of people forever change their relationship with alcohol.
 
Many people question whether drinking has become too big a part of their lives, and worry that it may even be affecting their health. But, they resist change because they fear losing the pleasure and stress-relief associated with alcohol, and assume giving it up will involve deprivation and misery.  
 
This Naked Mind offers a new, positive solution. Here, Annie Grace clearly presents the psychological and neurological components of alcohol use based on the latest science, and reveals the cultural, social, and industry factors that support alcohol dependence in all of us.  Packed with surprising insight into the reasons we drink, this book will open your eyes to the startling role of alcohol in our culture, and how the stigma of alcoholism and recovery keeps people from getting the help they need. With Annie’s own extraordinary and candid personal story at its heart, this book is a must-read for anyone who drinks.

This Naked Mind will give you freedom from alcohol. It removes the psychological dependence so that you will not crave alcohol, allowing you to easily drink less (or stop drinking). With clarity, humor, and a unique blend of science and storytelling, This Naked Mind will open the door to the life you have been waiting for.
 
You have given me my live back.” —Katy F., Albuquerque, New Mexico

“This is an inspiring and groundbreaking must-read. I am forever inspired and changed.” Kate S., Los Angeles, California

“The most selfless and amazing book that I have ever read.” Bernie M., Dublin, Ireland

About the Author

Annie Grace has had a unique life from the very beginning. She grew up in a one-room cabin without running water or electricity in the mountains of Colorado and then, at age 26, became the youngest vice president in a multinational corporation. Success, however, led to excessive drinking and the possibility that she might lose everything. Annie recognized her problem but chose to approach it in an entirely new way. Annie''s program has been featured in  Forbes, the  New York Daily News, and the  Chicago Tribune. Annie is successful, happy, and alcohol-free and lives with her husband and three children in the Colorado mountains.

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 3:33 a.m. I wake up at the same time every night. I briefly wonder if that is supposed to mean something. Probably not, probably just a coincidence. I know what’s coming, and I brace myself. The usual thoughts begin to surface. I try to piece the previous evening togeth- er, attempting to count my drinks. I count five glasses of wine, and then the memories grow fuzzy. I know I had a few more, but I’ve now lost count. I wonder how anyone can drink so much. I know I can’t go on like this. I start to worry about my health, beginning the well- trodden road of fear and recrimination: What were you thinking? Don’t you care about anything? Anyone? How will it feel if you end up with cancer? It will serve you right. What about the kids? Can’t you stop for the kids? Or Brian? They love you. There’s no good rea- son why, but they do. Why are you so weak? So stupid? If I can just make myself see the horror of how far I’ve fallen, maybe I can regain control. Next come the vows, my promises to myself to do things differently tomorrow. To fix this. Promises I never keep.

I’m awake for about an hour. Sometimes I cry. Other times I’m so disgusted that all I feel is anger. Lately I’ve been sneaking into the kitchen and drinking more. Just enough to shut down my brain, fall back asleep, and stop hurting.


These early mornings are the only time I’m honest with myself, admitting I drink too much and need to change. It’s the worst part of my day, and it’s always the same, night after night. The next day it’s as if I have amnesia. I turn back into a generally happy person. I can’t reconcile my misery, so I simply ignore it. If you ask me about drinking I’ll tell you I love it; it relaxes me and makes life fun. In fact, I’ll be shocked if you don’t drink with me. I will wonder, “Why on earth not?” During the day I feel in control. I am successful and busy. The outward signs of how much I drink are practically nonexistent. I am so busy that I don’t leave room for honesty, questioning, and bro- ken promises. The evening comes, the drinking starts, and the cycle continues. I am no longer in control, and the only time I am brave enough to admit it (even to myself ) is alone, in the dark, at three in the morning.

The implications of what it could mean are terrifying. What if I have a problem? What if I am an alcoholic? What if I am not normal? Most terrifying, what if I have to give up drinking? I worry that my pride will kill me because I have no intention of labeling myself. I am afraid of the shame and stigma. If my choice is to live a life of misery in diseased abstinence or drink myself to an early grave, I choose the latter. Horrifying but true.

What I know about getting help, I know from my brother who spent time in prison. Prison in the U.S. often involves Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) meetings. He says you start every meeting ad- mitting that you are an alcoholic powerless against alcohol. He says they believe alcoholism is a fatal illness without a cure. And I person- ally know self-proclaimed alcoholics who, rather than finding peace, fight a daily battle for sobriety. It seems miserable in our culture to be sober. To live a life avoiding temptation. Recovering appears syn- onymous with accepting life as just OK and adjusting to a new reality of missing out.

The idea of recovering seems to give alcohol more power even, and maybe especially, when I am abstaining from it. I want freedom. It’s now clear that alcohol is taking more from me than it’s giving. I want to make it small and irrelevant in my life rather than allowing it more power over me. I want change. I have to find another way. And I have .

I now have freedom. I am back in control and have regained my self-respect. I am not locked in a battle for sobriety. I drink as much as I want, whenever I want. The truth is I no longer want to drink. I see now that alcohol is addictive, and I had become addicted. Obvi- ous, right? Not exactly. In fact, in today’s drinking society, it’s not obvious at all. Admitting that alcohol is a dangerous and addictive drug like nicotine, cocaine, or heroin has serious implications. So we confuse ourselves with all sorts of convoluted theories.

I’ve never been happier. I am having more fun than ever. It’s as if I have woken up from the Matrix and realized that alcohol was only dulling my senses and keeping me trapped rather than adding to my life. I know you may find this hard, if not impossible, to believe. That’s OK. But I can give you the same freedom, the same joy, and the same control over alcohol in your life. I can take you on the same journey—a journey of facts, neuroscience, and logic. A journey that empowers you rather than rendering you powerless. A journey that does not involve the pain of deprivation.

I can put you back in control by removing your desire to drink, but be forewarned, getting rid of your desire for alcohol is the easy part. The hard part is going against groupthink, the herd mentality of our alcohol-saturated culture. After all, alcohol is the only drug on earth you have to justify not taking.

Experts imply that it takes months, even years, of hardship to stop drinking. A tough riddle can make you crazy, taking forever to solve. But if someone gives you the answer, solving the riddle becomes ef- fortless. I hope this book will be the answer you are looking for.
I offer a perspective of education and enlightenment based on common sense and the most recent insights across psychology and neuroscience. A perspective that will empower and delight you, al- lowing you to forever change your relationship with alcohol. And remember, sometimes what you are searching for is in the journey rather than the destination.

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Simply Jeff
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A Profund and Powerful Book
Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2017
I''ve had this book for over a year and waited to write a review, because sometimes my initial excitement wears off and a few months later, I''m not as enthralled with a book as when I first read it. This book is the opposite. The longer I''ve had it, and the more I''ve read... See more
I''ve had this book for over a year and waited to write a review, because sometimes my initial excitement wears off and a few months later, I''m not as enthralled with a book as when I first read it. This book is the opposite. The longer I''ve had it, and the more I''ve read it, the more I appreciate its wisdom, insight and power. This book is about the truth. It''s about helping you see the truth so that the truth can set you free.
One of my initial hesitations with the book was the fact that it contradicts a lot of the central tenets of Alcoholics Anonymous. I won''t get into that here, but you will find quite a lot about AA in the first three chapters. "How," I thought to myself, "Can this author really think her one book has more power than a group of millions of recovered alcoholics?". Well, the truth is that AA operates on the assumption that there is nothing wrong with alcohol, only with alcoholics. It is predicated on the notion that there is a clear difference between "normal" drinkers and "alcoholic" drinkers. This book operates on a different set of assumptions, and I have to agree with the stuff in this book more than with AA.
The bottom line is that I no longer drink alcohol and I don''t feel like I''m being deprived of anything. That''s the point of this book. And that is something that 5 years of AA attendance was never able to achieve.
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Deanna
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Seriously. Not worth your money.
Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2019
I know this book has helped many many people, as it is recommended by so many, and I hesitate to disparage a work that has helped so many. However, the author is simply standing on the shoulders of giants, regurgitating science she doesn''t fully understand. Many times she... See more
I know this book has helped many many people, as it is recommended by so many, and I hesitate to disparage a work that has helped so many. However, the author is simply standing on the shoulders of giants, regurgitating science she doesn''t fully understand. Many times she makes the claim that she''s been there, she''s just like you, drinking more and more wine every night, but her claims sound disingenuous and falsely inflated for the sake of book sales. Never does she provide a story that really illustrates that she understands the struggle. The mere fact that she repeats the title of her own novel SO. MANY. TIMES. throughout the book speaks to her motivation. Let me save you the time in the beginning where she tells you that she cured her ongoing back issues with a book, and skip past the part where she explains the circulatory system in which the heart has only two chambers, and get to the end where she discusses detox as though it''s a battle of will and not the only drug detox that can actually kill a person. She''s a danger to alcoholics. She''s a marketing hack trying to make money off of a debilitating disease by reframing the (more intelligent) work of others. I''m sad to say that I contributed to her profits. I hope this keeps you from making the same mistake.
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NatureGirl
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My best drunk shopping purchase ever!
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2017
This book has seriously changed my life. It has changed my life more than any other book, therapy, counselor, class, doctor, or addiction specialist ever did, combined. I bought this book, by accident. Well, on purpose, but by accident. To be slightly more... See more
This book has seriously changed my life. It has changed my life more than any other book, therapy, counselor, class, doctor, or addiction specialist ever did, combined.

I bought this book, by accident. Well, on purpose, but by accident. To be slightly more specific, I bought this book after drinking a bottle and a half of chardonnay, followed by a drunk shopping session on Amazon. Amazon knows that I buy so many Kindle books (drunk shopping) and return them, that they now have banned me from returning Kindle books (yes, that can happen, drunkies). So, I had trained my drunk self to only get the sample of a book I want.

One morning, I woke up with this and another Kindle sample from my evening of solo drinking. Surprise! I had no idea I''d gone Kindle shopping! When I discovered this book on my device, I went to delete it, then thought, "Hey, why don''t I read the reviews first?". Then, after reading the excellent reviews, I decided to read the sample only. I did. It was amazing. It spoke to me with science and intelligence and common sense. I bought the whole thing. I read it as advised, taking my time, thinking after each chapter, and researching and learning more about topics that particularly interested me.

For almost 10 years, my thoughts have been consumed by drinking, or trying not to drink, or when I could drink again, or at what time I could drink, or how much money I had spent on wine that week, or how to hide my many bottles of wine, or how hung over I felt, or making elaborate plans to drink (I''ll drink on Monday, but not Tuesday, then I''ll drink Wed and Thursday, and only on Friday if no one is home.....). The longest I ever went in 10 years was 30 days sober. My life now is changed. My skin is clear. My hair is awesome. I''m happy. Thank you Annie Grace!
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TJW
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It worked - that''s the highest praise I can offer!
Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2017
I picked up the Kindle version of This Naked Mind in July, and it got me thinking about making a change in my life, but it wasn''t enough to push me into an actual change. However about a month ago I saw that the Audible narration was only a few extra dollars, so I sprung... See more
I picked up the Kindle version of This Naked Mind in July, and it got me thinking about making a change in my life, but it wasn''t enough to push me into an actual change. However about a month ago I saw that the Audible narration was only a few extra dollars, so I sprung for that and started over with the book - listening to it on my way to and from work each day.

I think the Audible narration is what sealed the deal - the narrator sounds genuine, so the advice in the book sounds like it is coming from somebody that actually cares.

The coolest thing about the book to me is that as long as you pay attention, and think about what the author says, the actual change happens subconsciously. It''s not about ''abstaining'' from alcohol - admitting that you want it but that you can''t have it. It''s about giving it up because it''s bad, and you don''t want or need it any more.

By the time I finished the book the second time - the Audible version this time, I was ready to give up alcohol. Unlike past efforts where I might be inspired to dump any alcohol we had or some other gesture like that - this time I just let it sit, and it was fine because I don''t WANT it any more. I went to a local pub about a week ago while waiting for my kids to finish up an evening activity, and I didn''t miss ordering a drink at all - something that should have been a major trigger was now not one at all.

That''s about the highest praise that I can give the book - it worked for me, and I haven''t had, or wanted a drink in about 2 weeks now. I feel better, my weight is coming down (slowly, darnit!), and I no longer go through that cycle of regret every morning that gets so tiring!

I STRONGLY recommend the book - especially the Audible version. Listen to it on the way to and from work each day. If it doesn''t quite sink in the first time, then give it a month, and listen to it again. Eventually it''ll work for you too!
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R. Howell
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I''d call it plagiarism
Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2018
I wish Ms. Clark the best, and I do believe she is meaning to help people, but this book takes way, way too much from other books. She acknowledges these other books--most obviously Alan Carr''s Easyway--but frankly that''s not satisfactory given the use of the same... See more
I wish Ms. Clark the best, and I do believe she is meaning to help people, but this book takes way, way too much from other books. She acknowledges these other books--most obviously Alan Carr''s Easyway--but frankly that''s not satisfactory given the use of the same examples, at times the same words, the same approach... It''s hard to overstate the similarities, and as a published author myself I can assure you that this is not something that would be accepted by a reputable publisher If this book has helped you, I''m very glad for it. There''s a lot of sound stuff here. But I don''t think this sort of behavior should be supported by any new buyers. I recommend reading Carr''s book, perhaps paired with Alcohol Explained by William Porter.
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Saved My LIfe!
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2017
This book has SAVED MY LIFE. I purchased “The Naked Mind” about 2 months ago in a last ditch effort to “moderate” my drinking. I’m 30 and have been drinking since I was 14. I am otherwise one of the healthiest people I know. I eat very healthy and exercise vigorously 5-6... See more
This book has SAVED MY LIFE. I purchased “The Naked Mind” about 2 months ago in a last ditch effort to “moderate” my drinking. I’m 30 and have been drinking since I was 14. I am otherwise one of the healthiest people I know. I eat very healthy and exercise vigorously 5-6 days a week. I’m self-driven and highly motivated as well as financially successful. I work in healthcare and have intimate knowledge of the human body, health, and disease. However….. I obviously had a deep physical, emotional, and psychological relationship with alcohol.

Whiskey was my drink of choice until last year when I finally decided I couldn’t control my intake and instead would drink wine since it was “healthier” and easier to sip for hours without getting wasted too quickly. Even as I started reading “The Naked Mind” I was wary she would tell me that I had to stop drinking forever: this terrified me!!! How would I endure social functions or holidays “coping” with my family, or have fun with my friends without alcohol?! I only wanted to learn to moderate. I thought alcohol was the key to relaxing after long days or stressful times.

Before this book I would only admit that I had a “problem” when (about 6 months apart) I woke up piecing memories together of fights with my family and friends, or random strangers in bars, and wondering what I said or did. Or after realizing I drove home with no recollection of driving. During periods of stress my drinking increased dramatically and I got to a point where I couldn’t relax without it. I’ve woken up on a stranger’s porch after a night binge drinking. I’ve thrown up and passed out in my own vomit.

Yet, I tried to justify my drinking or find reasons why it got out of control….pms, dehydration, low food intake that day, or family stress, to name a few. I wasn’t an “alcoholic” because I could go weeks without drinking and didn’t have any “withdrawal” symptoms. I “liked the taste” and just it helped me relax. I was lying to myself. My family and closest friends could see it but any attempts to change me were met with hostility and denial. It’s amazing the man in my life stuck around after all I put him through.

I could go 6 months between these binging episodes, but a bad episode was inevitable. Every time I tasted success I would eventually let my guard down, drink too much, and wake to a self-made nightmare worse than the last. 15 years of this! I wondered what was wrong with me? Why couldn’t I drink responsibly like normal people? It had to be a genetic flaw. Before this book I was afraid I could never be a successful moderate drinker like everyone else. And the thought of living without it hurt my heart.

I didn’t want to kill someone on the road or cheat on my fiancé without even knowing it. Or physically hurt a friend or coworker. But, without a doubt, that’s exactly where I was headed. Too many times I woke up knowing I drove and shouldn’t have. BUT, this book gave me the freedom that I have lived without for the last 15 years! Never before in my life have I gone on a vacation that I didn’t drink too much and wake up with a hangover or worse. But this weekend I spent 5 days in Miami at a food and wine festival and was completely free from the hold that alcohol had on me. I was able to abstain easily and never once felt deprived.

The point of this book is that it makes it easy. It stops making you rely on willpower alone, which WILL eventually FAIL. My choices are now easy and pleasurable. Dinner with 14 girls (some of which I don’t enjoy) last night was a breeze. I’ve now attended my first music concert (Norah Jones) without any alcohol and enjoyed it so much more! I truly can’t convey how grateful I am that “The Naked Mind” came into my life. I would recommend it to EVERYONE: abstainers, casual drinkers, binge drinkers, and alcoholics all!
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Sloppy McFloppy
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Author''s dismissal of AA is a lazy person''s approach to growth and healing and is temporary.
Reviewed in the United States on April 29, 2019
This book has its points. Too bad most of them are sourced from outside references. The entire book is littered with quotes and reference points to other books, thoughts and philosophies. I guess it does a good job grabbing a collective idea about alcohol and addiction and... See more
This book has its points. Too bad most of them are sourced from outside references. The entire book is littered with quotes and reference points to other books, thoughts and philosophies. I guess it does a good job grabbing a collective idea about alcohol and addiction and organizing it in a coherent way within this book. There are good points and well thought out ideas but again, most of them are from other people, not the author. I see plenty of complaints in the reviews about her basically plagiarizing another author''s book and ideas. I read this with an open mind. She used bold print in the attempt of subliminal or unconscious programming/reprogramming at the beginning of most chapters. Using the same keywords. The most annoying thing I found in this book was the marketing technique ( she was a marketer as her profession ) of inserting the book''s title everywhere she could in italics. So many places she could have left out the book title and the sentence structure would have still worked. It was so annoying that I started redacting every place she did this. I literally took a pencil and marked out the mention of "The Naked Mind" as it was not only unnecessary but very transparent what she was doing.

The book basically dismisses AA in the beginning referring to it as "dangerous". This set me back. Her statement is dangerous if you ask me. AA has helped millions of recovering alcoholics all over the world and continues to do so. Dismissing the "work" you need to put in to help yourself is extremely dangerous if you ask me.

To summarize this book, it basically tells you all the medical, psychological, physiological things that happen to you when you drink and that all the social constructs you have about drinking are false. That alcohol is the root cause of all your problems, it does not make you feel better or more confident or help you on any level thereby your only problem is alcohol and taking a drink. This book does not endorse moderate drinking or drinking on any level. So if you are hoping it helps you limit your drinking or moderate it, it won''t. Which is fine by me as I cannot ever drink again. But back to AA, the root of this alcoholic''s drinking stemmed from years of self-serving fear, being dishonest with others and myself, years of bottled up pain, misery, blame, a hate for people, cynicism, pessimism...you get the idea. All my personal defects that I held onto for years and projected the blame on others or society or anything/anyone but myself. I drank and did drugs to "escape", to become "numb", to "sleep", to shut off my thinking. Once I hit bottom, I mean true bottom, AA and the fellowship of AA was the only thing that saved my life. The 12 steps, designed to humble you, focus on your personal defects and YOUR part in all this was and is what I needed. It is what every human being on this planet needs to go through and experience regardless if you are addicted or not. This experience of something bigger than you, getting out of self and caring/thinking of others, this self awareness and introspection is beyond explanation by someone like me as I am not equipped with the tools to explain it at present. It changed my life. It opened me up to care for people again, to care about me again, to forgive them, forgive myself and let GO of all the garbage I was carrying most of my life. All of these things are the WHY I was drinking. Not the overly technical or clinical summation the author gives you. If all you do is tell yourself, alcohol is bad, it does not help me in way, it hurts me in every way and nothing good I have ever thought about alcohol is true, yeah logically it will help you but only for so long. These are overly simplistic ideas that are pretty much obvious for the most part. She just gives good analogies to help you think in different ways and help it sink in. The real reasons we drink, the reason a person comes back to it, is within each of us. The escape. We act out of fear. Fear that someone is going to take something we have or not give us what we want, not just on a material level but emotionally, psychologically. If all we needed was simple, logical info to fix our lives, our way of thinking, to change bad habits, then we could simply read a sentence or paragraph that says, "stop being sad, angry or resentful and be happy and helpful" and we would be fixed or cured. Happy thoughts and feelings fade. Her solution is temporary. You must address your personal defects, your demons, your regrets and resentments, your fears. You must learn to hand that over and move on once you acknowledge them. To not ignore them but embrace them, learn from them then look forward and move on.

I think this book is worth the read. I really do. It was recommended to me by a friend and I read it with an open mind. Even after her dismissal of AA early on in the book. I kept reading. This book is viewed as an additional tool for me. One I will reference to remind me of all the physical and mental harm alcohol causes and the mind games we play on ourselves to let alcohol back into our lives. It is NOT the answer to a life of sobriety. It a useful tool to put in your tool belt as you put in the WORK to a life of sobriety. I hope your day finds you well and sober.
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Allison
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If your relationship with alcohol isn''t what you want (whatever that means to YOU) READ THIS BOOK. SERIOUSLY.
Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2017
Honestly this book is life changing. The writing can be a little redundant but I think that''s the point. Personally I wasn''t happy with my relationship with alcohol. I wanted to feel more in control of my decisions, was sick of moral and/or physical hangovers, and needed to... See more
Honestly this book is life changing. The writing can be a little redundant but I think that''s the point. Personally I wasn''t happy with my relationship with alcohol. I wanted to feel more in control of my decisions, was sick of moral and/or physical hangovers, and needed to make some changes. If your relationship with alcohol is not what you want (that can mean a lot of things) give this book a read. If you have ever thought you might have a problem with alcohol give this book a read. You don''t have to identify with a label, you don''t have to tell anyone, you don''t have to feel shame. Just read this book and things will change. I honestly believe that because things changed for me.

Here is what''s different about this book. Rather than feel like you are denying yourself something you really want and "need". This book tricks your brain through psychological exercises to VIEW ALCOHOL DIFFERENTLY. That''s the key! I will admit I still like alcohol. I still imbibe from time to time. But it is MY decision when or when not to. I can TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT (WHAAAT). And I have a much healthier relationship with alcohol and myself. I don''t EVER feel like I "need" it the way I used to. I can say "No thank you" so easily it''s insane. AND when I say no thank you, I mean it. I''m not secretly crying on the inside throwing a pity party bc I decided to do a sober month and I desperately want to have a drink but I''m proving to myself that I''m stronger than booze. Nope. I simply am stronger now. And I have this book to thank.

Finally I want to say that this book doesn''t paint you to be the villain. Because you aren''t. You will gain such perspective in a safe environment and you''ll FEEL BETTER. Be sneaky if you want to, I certainly don''t care. But for your own benefit, if you''re ready for a change, this is it.

I was NOT given this book for free to review in ANY capacity. I''m just a satisfied ready who experience the positive life change this book can provide and I want that for you too. :)
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Sadé 66
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Life Changing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 28, 2018
I bought this book originally in September 2017 direct from the Author’s site as an mp3 download, but have now purchased this book as a kindle and audio also. Yes people it’s that good. When I first read it I found it thought provoking, I was starting to really question my...See more
I bought this book originally in September 2017 direct from the Author’s site as an mp3 download, but have now purchased this book as a kindle and audio also. Yes people it’s that good. When I first read it I found it thought provoking, I was starting to really question my weekend binge drinking and also the lows that seemed to follow on. I often thought that I would love to be able to stop drinking, but alcohol has played an enormous role in my social life for so many years that I could see how to untangle myself. I gave up the idea within a week and went back to my usual weekend wine time. Then in April 2018on a very boozy holiday, I started to read the kindle version of the book. Something clicked and I knew that I didn’t want to carry on treating myself so badly, regretting drinking, feeling fed up etc. Through reading this books and dispelling the myths that I had grown to believe about “what alcohol gives me” I was able to see that there were actually zero positives to drinking. I knew that my life was going to change completely, and it has. I’m now 7 months free of alcohol. I credit this book as being the catalyst for that change. Ending the cognitive dissonance I felt around drinking was the key. Annie Grace goes into great detail about this in the book and takes the reader through ‘liminal points’ each of which dispels one of the the drinking culture myths that we are all brainwashed to believe. If you want to stop, or are questioning the role that alcohol plays in your life, please buy this book. It’s awesome in the truest sense of the word.
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Life Changing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2018
I purchased this book for my Dad. He had been really struggling with drink. He had been to support groups and tried numerous times to quit drinking but never with success. He was at his lowest point, so, after doing some research, I decided to get him this book. After...See more
I purchased this book for my Dad. He had been really struggling with drink. He had been to support groups and tried numerous times to quit drinking but never with success. He was at his lowest point, so, after doing some research, I decided to get him this book. After reading the book he is now 9 months sober - the longest ever in his adult life. He has no desire at all to drink. I am so proud of him, and so thankful that this book was able to help. It has really been life changing.
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AliceB
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The book that changed my life!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 14, 2017
It works! I have not had a drink in 8 months and don''t want to drink again. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I was the ''get home from work and open a bottle of wine immediately'' kind of drinker. Alcohol was controlling my life.
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Of Liminal Use
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 15, 2018
Felt this was poor, despite the other great reviews. In fact, I returned it and then couldn''t be bothered to take it to the Post box and so still have it. It is very US-focussed and full of some odd science. Sections where she unequivocally states with great confidence that...See more
Felt this was poor, despite the other great reviews. In fact, I returned it and then couldn''t be bothered to take it to the Post box and so still have it. It is very US-focussed and full of some odd science. Sections where she unequivocally states with great confidence that ''6,000 Americans in a blind taste taste proved you can''t tell at all between good and bad wine'' just really undermine her seemingly genuine appeal to people to drink less, or not at all. There are many similar moments throughout - the young man drinking a warm lager at a ball game when he''d (obviously, according to Annie) rather be having a soda, the friend that was inculcated into booze by her parents giving her a taste - it doesn''t feel like this has been past a good copyeditor. There are many Obviously, According to Annie moments. The humblebragging about the youngest VP in a multinational and then C-suite blah blah and never missed a meeting, never once was late - well, so what? Are we to take that as evidence that ''wow, it could be anybody'' or ''you never can tell'' ? Or are we to reflect back on the author some kind of - well, that''s amazing that you held it together, and now you''re sober too! I suppose if this book gets even one problem drinker off the booze, it is worth it and it works - which is fantastic - but the sermonizing and the sheer insularity of the US perspective are grating and clearly a self-published book/blog in fancy clothes. Maybe I will continue to read it despite not enjoying its strange ''liminal moments''.
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Read Carr and Vale instead - that’s where the ideas come from
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 5, 2019
Disappointing book. I’m surprised by all the favorable reviews for it. It’s basically a rehash of both Allen Carr’s and Jason Vale’s work. The frequency with which she refers to these books, and her constant use of Carr’s pitcher plant analogy, is pretty much indicative of...See more
Disappointing book. I’m surprised by all the favorable reviews for it. It’s basically a rehash of both Allen Carr’s and Jason Vale’s work. The frequency with which she refers to these books, and her constant use of Carr’s pitcher plant analogy, is pretty much indicative of the lack of any new ideas here.
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