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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2014
I can relate to a lot of Lucy's story in this book, as a male born in 1978 I too started drinking at the age of 13/14 starting off in my local parks and then moving on to the nightclubs and bars of Manchester. It was the whole Manchester scene then, Oasis, Brit-Pop, Loaded magazine culture that seemed to dominate the culture of myself and my peers. It was cool to drink yourself into oblivion every weekend, get a bit lairy and take drugs. I have only known his type of drinking, I cannot have one or two drinks now, I never saw the point in it. I think this decade of lad/ladette culture has a lot to answer for.

Now in my mid thirties with a family I needed change, I'm currently 3 months without a drop of alcohol and feeling positive, this book has really helped me focus and realise what's important in life. The desire to go out and have a mad night out is still there, but I know it's not the way to go and I don't want to end up looking like the old guy, the last one at the party drinking my life away and jeopardising my future family life. I know with time things will get better and better. I plan to refer to this book in any times of temptation and I know it will help.

As Lucy says the key is to highlight the benefits of not drinking, and this book certainly does that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2014
Just finished this book after reading The Sober Revolution (also highly recommended) and it's incredibly positive and uplifting, just what I needed. After finishing this book I know that I will never drink alcohol again. And I will feel happy with my decision for the rest of my life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2014
This is a great follow up book to The Sober Revolution. The blogs are sequential and the reader gains clear insight into the struggle that an alcohol dependent single mother goes through to reach a better place. The benefits of sobriety are described in detail and the book leaves us in no doubt that the author has reached a better place.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2014
I have read countless books in my struggle with alcohol and this is without doubt the best for me. I could identify with it so much. Loved the earlier book but found this one written in diary format even better. Such an easy read and so truthful, will read again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2014
If you feel you drink too much, read this! You will never feel alone again. It all makes sense and it has given me the control back over myself. Lucy is a true inspiration !
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2014
Only until sober for a decent amount of time can you really see the hold and carnage that alcoHELL has on the society we live in.

Now I stand outside pubs bars and look I at the sheep like people standing there pouring pint after pint of poison down their throats and feel real sad knowing that I too wasted 25 years of my life doing this , pure waste .

I wish I could have all my life back from my teenage years and do it all sober , but will have to make do with what I have now ! Great book , great read I recommend it to anyone trapped in the throes of addiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2015
The last time I read this book I was probably at the worst stage of my alcoholism. I remember taking my iPad to the pub and quaffing white wine while wishing I was able to do what Lucy had done. Finally I took the leap into sobriety. All the positives Lucy lists have come true; and what resonates with me after re-reading while not befuddled by a hangover or being under the influence is what she shares about self esteem. Like Lucy; my self esteem has improved tenfold and I think I deserve to be treated well - mentally, physically and spiritually; both by myself and others. I recommend this book to anyone (particularly female) who would like to glimpse what their lives would be like without alcohol; and who would like some motivation to take the plunge.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2014
A real account of the current experience of many. A book for all, but particularly gown up women. It gives a path forward than is better than the path walked: showing a sober lifestyle is more enjoyable / fun / and memorable than what has gone before. A good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2015
This book made me download it and read it.......just because the title grabbed me. I couldn't have imagined it would have such a massive impact on my life. Every word written, every experience the author had and every feeling alcohol leaves her with could be mine. I am only a week in to an AF life but if I can do it at this point in my life I can do it forever.
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on 2 March 2015
I love Lucy's website Soberistas but I have to be honest and say this book left me empty. I gave up reading it less that halfway through as I just found it very moany in a 'how can I love without booze' sort of way. I hope there was a positive outcome towards the end of the book and that Lucy isn't still lusting after alcohol at every opportunity and reminiscing over and over again about her pissed-up days. As someone who is dealing with quitting he drink but trying to maintain a positive outlook as per the brilliant Jason Vale book... This was just unnecessarily depressing. An interesting memoir but in terms of helping to kick the booze... Nope, I don't get it.
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