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Beat the Booze: A Comprehensive Guide to Combating Drink Problems in All Walks of Life [Paperback]

Edmund Tirbutt , Helen Tirbutt
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14 Jan 2008
Reclaim your life Beat The Booze is an inspirational, easy to read and highly practical book aimed at those who wish to cut down or cut out alcohol and at those who wish to help someone else who has a drink problem. It can help both problem drinkers and individuals who wish to reduce their alcohol intake simply for lifestyle reasons, and contains all the assistance the authors could find from interviewing leading experts in the field of alcohol addiction and case studies who have successfully cut down their drinking or given up alcohol altogether. It includes many new and previously little publicised sources of help, and the Appendix contains contact details for a vast range of organisations that can provide professional help and further information. The authors have also been able to draw on extensive personal experience in battling alcohol. One used to have a serious drink problem, the other gave up for lifestyle reasons.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harriman House Ltd; 1st edition edition (14 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905641427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905641420
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of the most constructive, practical books on alcohol I've seen. --Marilyn Warnick, Books Editor at The Mail on Sunday

First class...provides real practical help to those who have succumbed in various ways to heavy drinking. How to beat it personally and the appropriate reactions of family and wider society are all very well set out. --Professor Roger Williams, CBE, Director of the Institute of Hepatology, International Centre For Research Into Liver Disorders

Reads extremely well and is highly informative...should help those who are not yet severely dependent but who are starting to get that way. --Dr Francis Keaney, Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist, National Addiction Centre

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"Beat The Booze" is an inspirational, easy to read and highly practical book aimed at those who wish to cut down or cut out alcohol and at those who wish to help someone else who has a drink problem. It can help both problem drinkers and individuals who wish to reduce their alcohol intake simply for lifestyle reasons, and contains all the assistance the authors could find from interviewing leading experts in the field of alcohol addiction and case studies who have successfully cut down their drinking or given up alcohol altogether. It includes many new and previously little publicised sources of help, and the Appendix contains contact details for a vast range of organisations that can provide professional help and further information. The authors have also been able to draw on extensive personal experience in battling alcohol. One used to have a serious drink problem, the other gave up for lifestyle reasons

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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great start to your journey 15 July 2008
Format:Paperback
I was "sick and tired of waking up sick and tired" (to quote Mr. Waylon Jennings) ... and just wanted to stop this extremely unhealthy and anti-social cycle. I picked up this book because it appeared to be written in a style I would enjoy.

I kept drinking even after reading the book, but it weighed on my mind and was working away behind the scenes for a couple of months. One day, about two months ago, I said this is it... i want to choose the health benefits of sobriety. I want to get my energy back. I think the book served as a strong marker on my path to finally making that choice. So maybe it will for you as well.

I am now aware of how very very very lucky I am that I apparently am not addicted to alcohol. I simply had developed extremely bad habits over the years. In fact I strongly related to Helen's background. and because, thank god, i didn't have the body addiction to deal with, which means you can't just quit without medical guidance, I was able to just stop my drinking.

The book laid out the very clear picture of the benefits of NOT drinking. From health and social aspects - to the costs, both moneywise and time that it steals from your life.

For those who have developed bad habits, and have had the quantity of alcohol intake increase year after year, or have become anti-social with this bad habit - I think you will find this book a good accelerator for getting onto the road to good health.

For those who must strive to stop and deal with the addiction, I imagine this book would be a great gift to receive, or a 'first' book on the path of reading many others. It has great lists of UK resources, with explanations of what they provide.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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As a nutritionist, this is the first book I would refer people to. It's non-judgemental, extremely well researched, and tells the reader exactly what the options for reducing their alcohol (or giving up) are, where to go, how much it will cost and so on. No other book I've read does that - and if you live in the UK that is especially valuable. It draws on interviews with the UK's leading addiction specialists and looks at the latest research on ways to counter drinking too much. All very exciting!

Deciding to take action on your drinking is a massive step.

Knowing the options to that are available and the steps involved is essential - that is what you get here.

Just don't expect faddy, quick fix solutions - like Carr - this is a roadmap for recovery, which is well written and reassuring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A vital book for a better life 5 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not patronising and also revealing. A book to read and to keep going back to. A non drinkers bible. Recommended.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book gives you confidence 28 May 2009
Format:Paperback
This is a candid book, full of personal insights that I found very enlightening. It's easy to read and has left me with a much better understanding of addiction.

I don't think it sets out to solve absolutely everything, but it's non-judgemental, practical approach is hugely encouraging and has helped me feel more confident in my understanding of the issue. I also found the clear guidance on where to go for further help very useful.

As a result, I feel much better equipped to understand and help a friend who has a problem, which was the main reason for buying this book. But it's also helped me to think a bit more about my relationship with alcohol too. If you're anything like me, you probably know you should cut back on drink but don't really want to. Well, this book gave me the added incentive to try to do so. What's great is that it helps you see how you can take control in a way that will work for you.

It's also shown me that self-help books really can make a difference. I think most people would get something positive out of Beat the Booze. And that's why I've bothered to write this review, my first on amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A good read. I have worked in the substance misuse field for 17 years now and I think this book is probably a better read for the person who wants to change their own drinking, or the partner of a problem drinker. Still useful and thought provoking though.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great real info 3 Nov 2010
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Format:Paperback
Read this and have not drank since. Really contains a lot of common sense and practicle advice with real life case studies. Full of hope - I read and passed to a friend who I think also could do with reading it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to beat - Beat the Booze 27 May 2009
Format:Paperback
The Tirbutt's handle what could be a delicate subject with an excellent balance of humour and serious practical advice. This makes for an informative read for everyone, not just those who may be concerned about how much they drink. Indeed for those who enjoy the odd tipple it provide as much relevant advice as for those who maybe acknowledge that they have a problem. The style is never patronising, is always insightful, and for a book that is not about an everyday subject, is still almost unputdownable.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, Compassionate, Helpful and Practical 30 Jan 2008
Format:Paperback
Clear, direct and humane writing combined with sensible,practical strategies contribute to a book which offers genuine help to those seeking to 'Beat the Booze'. It is probably most relevant to those who recognise that alcohol is becoming too important within the context of an essentially functioning life, and, like all sources of help, demands determination and willpower from the subject. Having said that, the authors do address the problems of those for whom alcohol becomes all of life, and list sources of help and support. What I like about it is that it is not preachy or overly prescriptive, but does clearsightedly address the excuses, arguments and deceptions that we use upon ourselves when we don't want to address or change our behaviour. Recommended if you think or know that you might have a problem with the booze and want a guide as to how to crack it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as in depth as I hoped
This book was easy to read, well structured and had a non patronising tone. However I was quite disappointed with it. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2012 by Susan
1.0 out of 5 stars But How??
I bought this hoping for practical advice on how to not desperately 'need' that evening wine, my will power strong by day seems to evaporate by 9pm... Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Measure for measure
`O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil...', says the Bard. Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2009 by P. A. Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent help in reducing dependence
This book will help all who want to control their intake of alcohol. Its useful helpful guidelines will help dealing what is quite a dangerous drug.
Published on 14 Oct 2009 by M. Motion
5.0 out of 5 stars An important book in the battle against booze
As the booze culture of Britain gets increasingly out of hand books about how to control your own consumption become increasingly important. Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2009 by Queen Latifa
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book if you even think you MIGHT have a drink problem
[[ASIN:1905641427 Beat the Booze: A Comprehensive Guide to Combating Drink Problems in All Walks of Life]If you even think you MIGHT have a drink problem or that a member of your... Read more
Published on 26 May 2009 by H. Graham
1.0 out of 5 stars It's not about the booze
I don't really underastand this book. Perhaps it gets going later but what I have read of (I gave up I must admit) it just waffles on about the dangers of drinking and the AA... Read more
Published on 25 May 2009 by Happy Buyer
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