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Sober is the New Black: A Then and Now Account of Life Beyond Booze (giving up drinking alcohol, giving up drinking wine)

Sober is the New Black: A Then and Now Account of Life Beyond Booze (giving up drinking alcohol, giving up drinking wine) [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Black , Sober Black , giving up drinking
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Do you worry you drink too much? Can't help yourself? Prefer being sober? Drinking alcohol is a normal part of life, isn't it? It is usual for thirty-somethings to collapse in the evening with a glass or two of something sophisticated to diffuse the stress of the day and calm their buzzing brains, whether they be professionals, mothers, wives or homemakers. Rachel was no different. She juggled her many roles and responsibilities well and rewarded herself with wine at the end of each day; after all, she deserved it. But, gradually her wine intake began to increase each night and soon it had gone from being a little treat to an absolute necessity. As wine invaded more and more areas of her life, it became harder to cope. In turn it meant she drank more wine, firmly believing it was the cure, never considering for a moment that it could be the problem.
Eventually, when wine was dictating everything she did and did not do, Rachel realised that something had to change. However, as soon as she attempted to restrict or moderate her drinking, she seemed to want it even more. Her best intentions fell quickly by the way side after the first bottle was opened and the first drink took control, compelling her to have more. Drinking would continue until there was none left or Rachel 'fell asleep'.
The following day consisted of a hangover, depression, overeating, remorse, worry, despair and self-hatred, until the time came around when the next bottle could be opened and these awful feelings could be blotted out. This pattern of trying and failing to control her wine drinking brought Rachel to acknowledge that it was not possible to do so, and she decided that she had to remove alcohol from her life forever. Despite being sick and tired of the drinking-hangover-drinking cycle of failure, giving up was not easy and it was only after a few more failed attempts that Rachel managed to do so.
This book details her life in that first year of going alcohol-free. It describes in detail how her everyday pursuits became challenging and changing. Her outlook on the whole point of life turned on its axis when alcohol was removed, leaving her with a whole different sense of self and being. The changes that occurred were astounding and beyond anything she believed could be possible. She thought that removing alcohol from her life was all about giving up; she had never considered what she might gain.

About the Author

Rachel Black lives in Scotland with her husband and children. She is typical of many women; juggling many roles and responsibilities and occasionally dropping the balls! She can be contacted at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 509 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sober Revolution (21 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,272 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rachel Black lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. At the age of 40, she suffered the opposite of a mid-life crisis and decided to do things properly for once and for all. Blogging and writing all the way, Rachel tackled the wine first. An increasingly 'normal' habit of drinking wine most nights had taken a firm grip. Her first book 'Sober is the New Black' details this acknowledgment, the desire to control her drinking, and finally, acceptance that she cannot moderate her intake of wine and she embarks on a journey of self discovery as she stops drinking for good.

One year later her diet demons take centre stage. Having previously been held in check to allow copious amounts of calorific wine, they now rampage free. Cakes, biscuits, chocolate and desserts have gone from occasional treats to daily indulgences and now the scales hover at dangerous heights. The time to change came one day when Rachel was afraid to wash her jeans, knowing they would return to their original size and no longer fit. Cake O'Clock is her second non-fiction book and details of decades of disordered dieting and chaotic eating. This heart wrenching account examines her past, from anorexia to binge eating, and tries to understand why we can control many many desires, except that to eat.

Rachel still eats cake and continues to try to moderate it. She is pleased cake does not make her drunk or hungover and her favourite is Carrot Cake, because it's healthy, right?

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4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I was stunned by this book. I could have been reading about myself! Sober is the New Black gives a clear description of how wine infiltrates every aspect of our lives and quickly goes from being a pleasant treat, to a means of coping, and finally to dictating and destroying all that we value. By the time we notice this is happening it's too late to cut back or moderate; it has a strong grip and is not for letting go easily.
When she eventually manages to start to stop drinking, Rachel describes how much we `want, yet don't want', wine. She agonises over social situations and wonders how she will cope. Every day presents a new challenge and she details the ways she finds to navigate around these obstacles with great honesty.
I liked the point Rachel makes that it is a positive choice to remain free from alcohol. It is not a disease over which we are powerless. It is not a flaw in our character. It is an addictive substance with it's own agenda. Becoming free from alcohol is not about `giving up' and deprivation. It is about giving a different way of life a chance to show what it may hold in store for you, should you choose to follow it.
Rachel never imagined how much she would get, from giving up. She was surprised by the changes to her personality, her priorities and her pursuits that were revealed as she emerged from the clutches of wine, and decided she liked herself much better that way.

Sober is the New Black is for any woman who has wondered if she drinks too much.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading 18 Jun 2014
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I only give five star reviews to books which are life-changing. I also think that too many five star reviews on a book looks suspiciously like croneyism. But I did feel that this was a very good book, and should be read by anyone worried that alcohol might be taking centre stage in their lives.

This book shows very effectively how alcohol can insidiously, destructively and completely take over a life. Throughout it powerfully juxtaposes events in the author's life--business conferences, family holidays, book club meetings--when she was drinking, and after she stopped. There's always a risk with this sort of personal memoir that it can become egocentric and dull, but this one avoids that on two counts. First, because Rachel will resonate with so many readers as a typical working mother, someone they can relate to. Second, because it doesn't go too deeply into aspects of her life (we never learn the names of her children or her Other Half, or what job she does) and stays firmly focussed on the subject of alcohol.

I particularly liked the metaphor where the author compares lifelong abstinence with her mortgage. Both are burdens which look huge and terrifying when viewed as a whole, but are manageable and life-affirming on a day-to-day basis.

The book well written, interesting and not overlong, but for me its best feature is the overriding optimism and delight on every page. If it has one message, it's that the sober life is wonderful (I fully endorse that). Rachel was evidently taken by surprise to find how much better everything, from social events to Christmas, is when you're not focussing solely on wine and how to drink as much of it as possible without anyone noticing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational book 8 Mar 2014
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I too felt as though I was reading about myself when I read this book - which incidentally I could not put down and read in one day. Rachel tells it like it is - good and bad, but she has managed to come through it. She talks about the realisation that having just one drink is not an option to someone who is addicted to alcohol. The same slippery slope ALWAYS follows. I would fully recommend this book to anyone who is trying to give up alcohol.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read 13 Mar 2014
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Great honest account, quick easy read and very easy to relate to when you have been in this position. Recommended if you are ditching the booze to help you realise you are not on your own, and there is more to life than getting smashed. Loved Rachel's 'then & now' accounts..scarily accurate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sober Thoughts 30 Jan 2014
An interesting personal account from someone who examines the destructive effect that alcohol had on her life. The writer uses a Before and After format that works well allowing the reader to see the many benefits to be gained from a life of sobriety. The style is easy and engaging but the clear analysis allows the reader to see into the mindset of the individual as she compares life before and after booze. An enlightening read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sobering yet inspiring 8 Mar 2014
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Wholeheartedly agree with previous reviews - strikes an all-too familiar chord! An honest and fascinating personal account and insight into giving up drinking alcohol. Would highly recommend to anyone wondering about their drinking habits, considering a period of abstinence and anxious about what life might look like on the other side.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant 14 Mar 2014
By Nicola
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Whether you want to give up alcohol or have given up, this book is a must! Rachel's 'then and nows' are the perfect way to give you the incentive to turn your life around or just keep going with your sober journey! It really is the BEST book I've read so far and will keep it close to me at all time. Thank you Rachel........
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By Blackie
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I related to the author's experience of over indulgence! It encouraged me to try and give up drinking as I am a all or nothing person. So far I am 3 weeks without alcohol and coping. I was drinking everyday like Rachel and I feel so much better. Thanks Rachel, I can dip into your book when I feel a wobble coming on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Such a wonderful, insightful book. Made me feel less embarrassed and more honest about my own drinking habits. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Miss K A Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars she just tells it like it is
Truly inspirational. A light that shines at the end of a very dark and scary tunnel. Rachel is very honest, very candid and very clear about the pros and cons of embarking on such... Read more
Published 23 days ago by A Tortoriello
5.0 out of 5 stars Proves you're not alone.
I read this book in one day. Then I read it again the next day. It could have been written about me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Clementine
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It was most helpful to me to read a book which seemed to document my own relationship with wine, something that I drink daily despite vowing not to each morning. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ms Del
3.0 out of 5 stars Its ok
Its ok for keeping you focussed on the benefits of not drinking alcohol but the writer is quite self indulgent and its just a copy of many other books of its type out there.
Published 2 months ago by Flynnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book!!
This book has helped me no end. I love the way Rachel writes and the the way she gets her story across. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Countess Fosco
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book thanks
Published 4 months ago by Louise Blacksell
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I've read on this subject
Just what I needed. Excellent account. Thank you Rachel Black.
Published 4 months ago by J. evans
3.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging and insightful
An easy read (it took me two sittings and about 90 minutes) and a really encouraging set of personal insights that reveal the vulnerabilities and challenges for the self-aware... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Very repetitive.
Very repetitive.
Published 5 months ago by Helen S
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