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.