Alcohol Explained Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Alcohol Explained is the definitive, ground-breaking guide to alcohol and alcoholism. It explains how alcohol affects human beings on a chemical, physiological, and psychological level, from those first drinks right up to chronic alcoholism. Alcoholism and problem drinking seems illogical to those on the outside; indeed, it is equally perplexing for the alcoholic or problem drinker. This audiobook provides a logical, easy-to-follow explanation of the phenomenon and detailed instructions on how to beat it. Despite being entirely scientific and factual in nature, the audiobook is presented in an accessible and easily understandable format.
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"This is an excellent book written by an inquisitive and educated author who during a period of his life suffered from alcoholism. The book explains in an easily understood language the various effects that alcohol has on our body. In my opinion the text would serve as a great handbook not only for those struggling with alcohol but also medical students as part of their education. I am sure some of my own patients troubled with alcoholism in recent years could have benefited from reading William’s book and I will be recommending it going forward." - Håvard Molvik, MD, MRCS, MSc, MRCGP
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|Listening Length||6 hours|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 12, 2017|
|Publisher||Samuel C Watts|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#1,986 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#5 in Alcoholism (Audible Books & Originals)
#6 in Aging & Longevity
#15 in Alcoholism Recovery
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I’m not religious, nor did I wish to share my story with others given my profession, so AA was not for me. I didn’t accept the “disease” model of alcohol dependency, nor was I able to connect with cognitive behavioral therapy. What I DID understand was science, and that’s exactly where this terrific book piqued my interest and played to my intellect.
The author methodically explains the psychological, social and especially the physiological effects of alcohol in a way that literally set off a lightbulb in my brain. As I pored over each chapter, I kept shaking my head in agreement, identifying, almost to the T, what I felt when I drank alcohol, and more importantly, how I felt the next day. I would even cross-check some of my long-forgotten physiology to ensure the information was scientifically sound. It was.
I planned a four-day, self-imposed solo “detox” at a cabin the woods, where I was away from the distractions of life and family, and where I could cleanse my mind, body and soul. The only book on alcohol cessation I brought with me was Alcohol Explained. After 3-hour morning hikes, I would read in the afternoon and think in the evenings. Porter’s post-alcohol sleep predictions were spot on. The first couple of nights were rough.
I read the book twice on my mini sabbatical and didn’t touch alcohol. Upon returning home, I felt not only physically renewed, I felt mentally empowered to continue my sobriety. I did struggle with cravings, and would reference the book frequently, bookmarking relevant passages. Unfortunately, I lapsed back into regular alcohol use after a weekend trip with friends. The bottom line for me anyway, was that there is no such thing as just one drink, something the author mentions time and again. Luckily, I’m off of alcohol once again and feel great.
For people who cannot identify with the spirituality of AA, or for whom the psychobabble of CBT just doesn’t resonate, this book is a thoughtful, well-reasoned and scientifically sound examination of how alcohol affects the mind and body, and how you can use that knowledge to break away from the negative physical, social and psychological affects of dependency. As a highly educated professional, I can’t say enough about Alcohol Explained. It quite literally, changed my life.
There are no citations for any of the claims he mentions. And the claims don't seem to be based on any actual science, just his Wikipedia-deep level of teaching himself about alcoholism. (which still seems a bit thin on any real facts).
It's also self published, obviously wasn't looked at by an editor (how many times can one person start a sentence with "However,..."?), has absolutely not one citation for any claim he makes, and the formatting makes it awkward to read. It feels much more like one man stroking his own ego because he looked up a few things on the internet and then dubbed himself a specialist.
He ends the book by asking you to write a good review on amazon and to tell everyone you know about his book. So I'm writing this one-star review (really zero) and i will tell everyone i know that this book is worthless.
This isn't worth the money being charged, and i really feel like an idiot for buying it. Please spend a little more time looking for a better book. That's what I'm about to go do.
Why, having everything in life to be happy, and everything to lose, am I still drinking, even after a serious diagnosis?
Why, having quit once and truly forgetting about it, then restarting briefly, quitting the second time doesn't work so well?
Why is the professional advice to gradually cut down to one unit a day wrong?
Why is there no such thing as just one drink, or just one night, and then I'll stop?
Why does AA not work for me (or many others)?
I want to thank this author for doing all the hard work and research to produce this most intelligent, easy-to-understand, and most of all, HELPFUL book. There are no "10 steps" or "Easy way" to anything, especially not this. But it is worth doing, if you want your life back.