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Andy McIntyre
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  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Andy's Books; 1st edition (April 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0956551203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956551207
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 594,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cutting down on getting wasted doesn't have to mean hermit-like seclusion or terminal boredom; my experience was in fact quite the opposite!" A music industry A&R man and committed member of Generation-X, Andy knew virtually nothing beyond pubs, clubs, gigs and parties. Drinking heavily just went with the territory. Then, in the depths of a 16-day drink and drug bender of Bacchanalian proportions, he accepted a bet to go completely tee-total. For an entire year. Last Orders: A Drinker's Guide to Sobriety began as a things to do when sober handbook, but evolved into a humorous and deeply personal account of what giving up drink is like socially, emotionally and physically, and a commentary on attitudes to drinking within the work-hard-play-hard culture of the 21st Century. In a non-preachy, accessible style it covers: - How to maintain and improve your social life - How to be fun and sober: discovering the real you - Alternative uses of leisure time, covering dozens of activities - Benefits to your health, wealth and work - The real roots and costs of heavy drinking - Finding love - Discovering a satisfying and fulfilling overall quality of life

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5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating read.......... 30 Jun 2010
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There is a point in my day when I wonder how Andy is getting on. I find myself looking forward to my bus ride(!!) just so that I can delve back into "Last Orders" and follow Andy McIntyre's rollercoaster year of sobriety. This book is heartfelt, touching, honest and very funny. This is a well written and candid book that I would advise anyone not everyone to read. It is catagorised as Non-Fiction but should be in the Comedy/Drama/Self-Help/Travel Guide/Theology section, that probably does not exist so just trust me, this is a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John J Greaves 10 Jun 2010
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I have read a mountain of books in my life, but very few are on my 'best books' book shelves, Last Orders by Andy McIntyre, is with my best books deservedly so. I found myself laughing loudly on occasions whilst reading it and also sometimes swallowing hard to suppress a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. Utterly frank, unpretentious yet skillfully and eruditely presented, this journey from a wild hedonistic life in the city to the calmer waters of order, reason and the beauty of life and love. Excellent! When is the next book coming out please?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 9 Jun 2010
By Tirzah
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This book is a great read. It is a brutally honest exploration of the state of mind of the author throughout the year of his abstinence from alcohol and drugs. I expected the descriptions of problems encountered, what I did not expect was an erudite glimpse of London life in the fast lane. The writer has an eye for detail, a witty take on situations and a gift for putting it in print. He does not shy away from painful memories and at times the book evokes tears but it is also funny and I found myself laughing out load.
I thoroughly recommend this book and look forward to the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An fantastic and insightful read 24 Jun 2013
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This book is a very interesting read that not only tells the story of the Authors experiences giving up alcohol and other narcotics with all the physical and psychological difficulties that those gave, but also gives a great starting point of other things to do in and around our great capital.

Well written and a very easy read, gives much room for thought for anyone that has ever been drinking somewhat more than the recommended daily allowance.

The only complaint was from my 4 year old, whom upon seeing the front cover assumed it was a maze book... He was somewhat disappointed!
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Reading this book actually changed my life! So inspired, was I, by Andy's story that I decided to give my life a shake-up too... I have since run the London Marathon, and consume about a tenth of the booze I used to!
Absolutely awesome book. Perfect for anyone, like me, who spent a lot of their youth partying a little too hard!
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By Duncan
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Last Orders: A Drinker's Guide to Sobriety

At last! A book that can make you laugh out loud, be moved to tears, become nostalgic and yet conveys a serious message about society's harmful relationship with alcohol.

Last Orders is one of those books that it is impossible to put down. Andy writes in a sensitive way that is full of empathy and humour. He does not aim to preach, but rather examines our relationship with alcohol and how overindulgence over a prolonged period can have serious health and psychological repercussions. In achieving this aim, Andy bravely lays bare his own demons and traces how booze became increasingly entwined in his own working and social life. This is not written in a black and white way, however, and the early parts of the book are littered with hilarious anecdotes of hedonistic festivals, parties and gigs that many readers will identify with.

Andy vividly documents the highs and lows of his voluntary abstinence, tracking the initial impact of going cold turkey to his rapid emotional and physical reawakening. This is all set against a very positive backdrop, as Andy quickly discovers that there is a fun and active life beyond booze, thus disproving the belief that you need alcohol to have fun.

Ultimately this is not an anti-alcohol book, nor is it a call to total abstinence. It is a book that promotes a healthy relationship with alcohol, while exploring alternative options. I thoroughly recommend it for those people who want a wake-up call with a barrel of laughs along the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good guide to a social life without alcohol. 25 Mar 2012
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I have been meaning to give up alcohol for ages now but it seems that every single outing I have involves it. This book is a fabulous read. He does it, with great success. The fact that he enjoys stuff so much more without the dreaded hangover, the things he does that he would never have done whilst drinking.

I think this is a really inspirational book. Well done for raising all of that money. I laughed a lot whilst reading and also felt sad because I have been there. Well done my old Son!!!
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'Last Orders: A drinkers Guide to Sobriety' is an enjoyable read containing bite-sized nuggets of the day-to-day experiences of someone who, for a year, has removed alcohol from their life.

Part chronological dissection of the short and longer-term effects of quitting the dreaded booze, combined with a 'Time Out'-like guide to reclaiming weekends and life beyond the pub and bottle. Part self-discovery as the writer takes your hand and leads you through situations where the temptation and potential peer-pressure to have a drink are dealt with. And a little peep-hole into the substance fuelled world of a music industry A&R man.

I started reading this a day after a horrible hangover and it's been in my hand, bag or pocket wherever I've been for a month as I dip into it for little taste of life with sobriety. During this time I've not had a drop and I like it. It's so more than paid for itself! This book is only about the price of a good bottle of wine, but much, much better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational read
I really enjoyed this book. It truely was difficult to put down, and the author's enthusiasm has inspired me. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Deborah Gower
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive Reading
Excellent book, read it from start to finish in one day. To go from drinking at the rate he was, to taking on a whole year of sobriety is some challenge, and the journey is very... Read more
Published 14 months ago by PaulH
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtitle a bit confusing
I'll admit I was a bit weary of even starting this book not being an alcoholic or recovering alcoholic. It seemed to me that should be the audience. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Rollercoaster of laughs and emotional highs and lows ... a genuinely...
I would recommend everyone to read this book! Lots of laughs, great stories but also a real inspiration! Look forward to a follow on Andy?
Published 23 months ago by zoopla
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read
Life changing decisions are always humbling to read about. Andy McIntyre has captured so much in his account of a year of sobriety. Read more
Published on 22 July 2012 by Fiona
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Inspirational
This is a very candid, funny and honest read about adventures into real life. It's as if the author has an accelerated year long journey out of nihilistic hedonism and into... Read more
Published on 13 July 2012 by Gifty Badger
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasure and (wonderful) pain
Gritty and real - wonderfully written - far funnier than most books that purport to be comedies - and a deliciously painful journey at times. Totally recommended.
Published on 11 July 2012 by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Orders
I would wholeheartedly recommend this book, I bought it to take on holiday and end up reading the whole thing cover to cover in 2 or 3 days! Read more
Published on 9 July 2012 by Gearoid G
5.0 out of 5 stars Every drinker should own a copy
Every boozer wonders what it's like to give up. Now you don't have to; read this book and you'll know exactly what you're in for! Read more
Published on 6 July 2012 by R. Mcmurray
5.0 out of 5 stars A hint of what to expect
Last Orders came to me at a opportune moment, i wasn't to know it at the time, but, I had to say goodbye to my good friends ( various substances ) later that year. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2012 by Ringo Mountbatten
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