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Allen Carr's Easy Way to Control Alcohol Paperback – 1 Dec 2002

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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing (1 Dec. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0572028504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0572028503
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 21.5 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (335 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Pops on 30 Dec. 2014
Format: Paperback
I read this book recently, ten years after successfully giving up smoking so I knew what the style would be but I was sceptical it would work considering alcohol is a more complex problem.
Just for some background, I am in my mid thirties and have drunk heavily since my mid teens. I had always enjoyed it but since my early twenties I was aware that I was indulging too much. This was never a problem as in my work life, social circles and familial situations it was the norm to drink heavily. I became a parent a few years ago and whilst other new parents I knew seemed to lose the urge to drink (as I presumed I would) I continued to drink a lot. A nagging guilt was getting louder and louder that I was not being the best parent I could be as I was always irritable and in the mornings I was non compos mantis. I was also starting to think about how my children would remember me growing up and whether I would actually still be there when they do grow up. I was showing all the tell-tale signs of being an alcy: regularly intentionally misleading my partner about how much I was drinking, drinking on my own. I was always the first to finish a drink and bang on about the next round, I would drink the flat dry if any booze was left around.
I hid the drinking from my family and friends well, knowing that if they knew exactly how much I was drinking it would shock them and I would be forced to face up to the problem - believing that I would not be able to overcome it (I've tried numerous sober januarys and never been successful).
Apologies if this is all a bit self-indulgent going on like this but I read a lot of the reviews on here before buying this book and a lot of the anecdotes rang true and made me take the plunge with this book.
Moving on.
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233 of 237 people found the following review helpful By shainee on 17 Jun. 2009
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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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Job on 6 Nov. 2011
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It's now a year since I read this book and stopped drinking. Read my original review below. The update is that I am still a very happy non-drinker. No 'slips', no yearnings for a drink - nothing. The most important thing, on reflection, about this book, is that you don't have to press the "self-destruct button". By that I mean you don't have to give up on yourself - go to AA meetings and tell everyone you're a failure etc etc. No spending your life worrying about being "one drink from a relapse". This is a permanent fix and you don't have to define the rest of your life by an addiction you've left behind. You don't have to hit rock-bottom before you start on the way up again - begin now!

"I had realised gradually that my drinking had never been normal/controlled. I had varied from drinking daily but in manageable quantities to almost uncontrolled drinking at different times over the years. Although I stopped smoking with Allen's book 20 years ago I had never thought to apply the same method to alcohol as I genuinely believed I got a real "buzz" from alcohol, unlike cigs which I now knew created the empty feeling before satisfying it. Therefore I was stuck with the booze, because there was a real reason to drink it, wasn't there? All this despite general depression, weight gain and all sorts of other ill-effects, lasting for years.
About 4 months ago I read Allen's alcohol book shortly before my birthday, partly because I was once again reaching the uncontrolled end of my drinking cycle and feeling very ill/low as a result. I read it in a hurry because I wanted something to happen "now". It did, I lost the urge to drink straight away. I read the book again, more carefully, twice more over the next 2 weeks, to get the ideas to stick in my brain.
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