Help Them Beat The Booze Paperback – 15 Jul 2011
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About the Author
Edmund Tirbutt, a multi-award winning journalist and health insurance consultant, has been teetotal for over 24 years after overcoming a serious drink problem. Helen Tirbutt, a communications and change management consultant, has been teetotal for five years after giving up alcohol for lifestyle reasons.
Prior to writing either this book or their previous market-leading title Beat the Booze (Harriman House 2008), the authors knew numerous people with drink problems. Some they managed to help, others they didn't. If they'd had the knowledge in those days that they have now, they feel the outcomes for those they couldn’t help may have been very different.
These life experiences have given them a passionate desire to help other problem drinkers and their friends, families and work colleagues.
Top customer reviews
This book is very clearly set out and the authors evidently have personal experience and have gained much knowledge. It plainly defines how those close to the addict should respond and learn detachment, and gave me a real appreciation of how organisations such as Al-anon and AA work; Al-anon now sounds far less daunting to me than I would have otherwise thought.
With exciting new treatments on the horizon and one in particular that has already written it's own success stories and now requires funding for clinical trials, I was much more enlightened than I thought possible. The book draws on advice given by a wide range of experts around the globe and there are many case studies - which I found refreshing as there were many aspects that I could relate to.
The case studies are gritty and demonstrate that help is available however hard things might get; the book itself points to many resources of potential support.
Both captivating and constructive. An altogether wonderful book which warms, educates, and both engages with and challenges conventional opinion to give the reader much more insight to approach the problem.
I also want to recommend the previous book Beat the Booze: A Comprehensive Guide to Combating Drink Problems in All Walks of Life as that's a great companion to this book and is more focused on the individual with lesser reference to the family. I read the book myself before giving it to my friend and this feedback is based on my findings but also with the feedback from him and his family. I didn't buy it in amazon, but you can get it here.
Firstly in short 'Beat The Booze' and 'Help Them Beat The Booze' are 'must buys' if you've been struggling with alcohol in your daily life or if you've started to notice it's beginning to impact you, your work and family (or if you are a friend or family member who wants to better understand and help) - better earlier than later! Both are very well written and very practical and non-judgemental in their approach. It's great in that they both have a real life approach and understanding to the issues, symptoms and techniques to help beat the booze. My friend found 'Beat The Booze' very useful and he's gotten a lot of great progress and improvement in his life and just as importantly for those around him - especially his immediate young family. It's been great to set how well he and his family have developed better understanding, strategies and techniques to beat the booze and keep life on an 'even keel'
I particularly liked the detailed sections on friends and family, very useful for those of us without the drink problem but who care and who want to both understand and give positive help and support. I particularly like how the author has expanded and added to this in his second book 'Help Them Beat The Booze'.
I highly recommend both books, I was delighted to see that this follow up book has just launched aimed increasingly at the immediate and supporting family and friends. I cannot recommend them highly enough and you owe it to you, your friends and family to get thumbing through them.
The authors clearly have understanding, practical experience and a wide ranging knowledge of treatments that might work for you. With fascinating case studies and medical expertise from around the world, this guide sheds so much light on the different reasons people drink and the damage that can be done to their loved ones.
After reading it I felt much more optimistic and better prepared to help others.
I would encourage anyone to use this as their Bible to give support through a difficult time.
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