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Allen Carr
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1 Dec 2002

Allen Carr's Easy Way To Control Alcohol marks a landmark in our understanding of why alcohol has such a grip on our society and offers the solution to anyone who sincerely wants to turn their back on a problem that ruins lives, tears families apart, fuels crime and costs the economy billions of pounds every year. Allen Carr has established himself as the world's greatest authority on helping people stop smoking and his internationally best-selling THE EASYWAY TO STOP SMOKING has sold over 3 million copies in over 20 languages. In Easy Way To Control Alcohol, he now turns his revolutionary method to the question of drinking and offers a startling new view of why we drink and how we can escape from the 'alcohol trap'. Allen Carr's Easyway To Control Alcohol is bold and controversial and takes issue with many experts in the field and much received wisdom.

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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing (1 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0572028504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0572028503
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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183 of 183 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This man was a genius. RIP Allen Carr 17 Jun 2009
By shainee
I sent off for this book after waking up with yet another hangover on a Monday morning and wanting (again) to do something about the amount I was drinking. I have been drinking every day since my marriage broke up 14 years ago, leaving me with a 2 year old and a 3 month old baby.

Although I have always been what I used to call a 'normal' drinker since the age of 18 or so, when my ex husband walked out I really turned to the bottle to help me deal with my feelings of loneliness, despair and misery . As soon as the boys were in bed I would start on the wine (luckily, my mum moved in with me so I wasn't the only 'responsible' adult around), and this has pretty much continued as the boys have grown up, so they are more than used to seeing me with a bottle (or two) of wine every evening.

It says something about the durability of the human body and spirit that I have been able to bring these boys up to become normal, great teenagers, and hold down a responsible and stressful job, which takes me away to Europe most weeks, whilst dosing myself with poison on a regular basis.

I read the book in one sitting, and I have never felt so positive about the future, both for me and the boys. I haven't had a drink for 7 days, which in itself is a miracle, but the thing that has amazed me is - I haven't WANTED a drink! After tea, the norm was for me to slouch in front of the TV or my laptop, watching inane programmes, or chatting rubbish to strangers in chat rooms. For the past week, the boys and I have gone out for bike rides, we've gone for a walk in the park to feed the ducks and done loads of things I wouldn't have dreamed of doing before because it either interrupted my drinking or involved driving, and I have never driven whilst under the influence.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably Effective 16 Jan 2014
I bought this book on boxing day after waking up with yet another terrible hangover and wanted something that would help me control my urges.

I'm 35 and have been drinking abnormal amounts since the age of around 20. I was a professional musician at the time and was always around it - as well as other "Stimulants". Throughout my 20's I was drinking anywhere between 4 litres of cider to a couple of bottles of wine and some vodka/whiskey. After a battle with what I can only assume was alcohol induced depression, culminating in an attempted suicide I decided to clean up my act and managed to cut down quite considerably, but as I felt feeling happier in myself I drank more again.

As I passed into my 30's I was on the same intake. I'd changed my career and now worked in an office feeling very unfulfilled and felt like alcohol helped with the boredom and dread of having to go into the office the next day. As my career progressed and I earned more money I drank more and more, missing days at work due to being too hungover to get in or still being pissed. It got to the point where I could just about manage to get into the office if I concentrated on the fact that lunch was only a couple of hours away and I could soon go to the pub for a couple.

Nights out with the team from the office would invariably end up with me throwing up from drinking too much, but I had developed the ability to get straight back on it after having thrown up, so I was always the last man standing. Comments in the office about my taste for quadruple Jack Daniels were rife.

As Christmas 2013 approached I was drinking at least 2 bottles of wine a night and necking half a bottle of spirits - no mixer as it didn't give me the kick I felt I needed.
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192 of 199 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Great Book 21 Jan 2006
By A Customer
And it actually works. Just basically gives you the reason why drinking is pointless, in a clear and sensible way. When you read the book, you'll wonder why you ever bothered wasting your life getting drunk. It may be difficult to believe but giving up alcohol is quite simple, and Carr will dispel the myth that once a drunk.. always a drunk..You don't need the AA, read this book. It actually works.
I used to drink a couple of bottles of wine on most nights and try to hold down a very professional job. I'd wake up feeling awful, and look extremely haggard. I'd have to have regular facials, go on strict diets and spend long periods of time in bed in order to recover. How I managed to hold down my job, I don't know. On top of having a professional job, I'm also quite vain about my looks and despite what the drink was doing to my face and my body, I still continued to drink but find ways to get around this by foolishly taking milk thistle and drinking loads of water to counteract it.
anyway, a few months ago, I decided enough was enough, I bought this book and I’ve stopped, just like that. I thought it would be hard and i could never imagine my life without alcohol, but actually its pretty easy once you realise what alcohol is.. even 'nice' drinks like baileys and good ole champers. Carr knows what he is talking about. I have very little faith in most therapies, as I believe that if you're gonna stop the abuse, you have to do it by yourself. Well this is what Carr does, he hands the choice back to you, but without you even realising it.
Do not read the book 'pissed'... read it sober.. and then have a drink.. by the end of the book, you'll realise that you don't actually want to drink and for sensible reasons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Lifeline
I stumbled across this book after my boyfriend pointed out one morning that, the night before was the first night we hadn't drank alcohol since I moved in with him 5 months... Read more
Published 3 days ago by SmittenKitten
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't posion yourself any longer
The most innovative book I have ever read. Don't be conned anymore by alcohol!!!
Published 9 days ago by Serena
5.0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life
I just wish that Allen Carr were still alive so I could shake him by the hand. This book helped me to quit the booze easily with no cravings, no problems and no regrets. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Mrs. R. L. Norton
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't drink anymore and I'm very happy about that
if you're thinking about this book then don't delay, you're ready for it
Published 12 days ago by Neil Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars What a find!!
Excellent,I have read it and have not had a drink now for 2 weeks.This book really makes you think.
Published 18 days ago by Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good I got a lot from this book very mind opening
Published 20 days ago by sheila richards
5.0 out of 5 stars life altering
I read this book on holiday and had my last drink of wine three days before the end of the holiday .I have no desire for alcohol now. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Margaret L.
3.0 out of 5 stars A very well written book, but I now understand ...
A very well written book, but I now understand that a "true" alcaholic cant control it once he takes that first alcaholic drink.
Published 1 month ago by pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read in a VERY long time!
I have struggled for years trying to get a grip on my drinking. In and out of AA... it just wasn't doing it for me. Face to face CBT with a counsellor and I still carried on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tomc1958
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay, but...
I found this book very interesting. I was approaching it from a different point of view to how most would approach it, I suspect. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stevieboy
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