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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 (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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186 of 186 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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26 of 26 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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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonus!!! 17 Mar 2006
By A Customer

Another life changing, life saving, money saving title from the man who cured me of smoking... and everyone else I know who smokes who are lining up to borrow the book (4 out of 4 cured so far and counting).

Cold hard logic wipes the floor with your long held beliefs. You will be shocked and amazed!!! But you'll have to read it yourself to find out!!

Thank you Mr Carr!!! :D :D


All of the negative reviews for this book are based upon misconceptions and downright mistakes. For it to have a positive effect upon your life, you need to be able to understand it. Some of the points made in the book are hard to grasp and it does require a little effort to understand. For some more than others it would appear.

So, some points of my own:

1. In Irish Rose's comment, she says that the book is wrong and that she enjoys a glass of wine for the taste. This is not exactly what the book is saying. The book is saying that _alcohol_ doesn't taste good. Try it on its own if you don't believe me - neat. The reason you are drinking is not for the taste of the wine. Be honest with yourself. I love the taste of strawberries but I'm quite happy not to have them EVERY weekend.

2. At no point in the book is it suggested that you can have one drink and then stop. Not sure where you got that idea from? That's contrary to everything he says.

(spoilers below)

3. Some people have said that the title is misleading. If you think this then you misunderstood the book. The whole point of the book is that you are only fully in control of your alcohol drinking if you are not drinking at all.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An attempt at a cliffhanger - but we know all along who done it
I agree that Carrs suggestions are good suggestions - stop drinking- never question your decision- don't avoid social situations - live life in the here and now and enjoy freedom -... Read more
Published 2 days ago by D. G. Hawkes
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Published 9 days ago by Tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will change your life if you let it
Having an alcoholic father and drinking myself pretty much from the age of 15 to my early 30s, thinking it was an escape, that it numbed the pain and was the only way to cope with... Read more
Published 13 days ago by BMG
5.0 out of 5 stars It worked.
I realised a while ago that I was drinking more than I should, when I couldn't remember the last time I had gone an evening without a glass of wine (more often a bottle, if I'm... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Allen
I'm writing this a month after reading Allen's brilliant book and becoming a non-drinker. The month has flown by and I can honestly say I don't want to drink. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Richard
Published 24 days ago by CENTRAL LONDON MAN
5.0 out of 5 stars worth a read you've got nothing to lose
Made me see alcohol in a totally different light.
Published 1 month ago by Lindt
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Mrs. R. L. Norton
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