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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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82 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Stuartm78 on 16 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
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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219 of 221 people found the following review helpful By shainee on 17 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
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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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Mar. 2006
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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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