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Last Orders: A Drinker's Guide to Sobriety Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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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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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.
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.
I thoroughly recommend this book and look forward to the next one.
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!
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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