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Allen Carr was an accountant and smoked 100 cigarettes a day until he gave up and wrote this bestselling book. He has built a hugely successful network of stop-smoking clinics across the world and is the author of "The Only Way to Stop Smoking," "How to Stop Your Child Smoking," "The Easy Way to Enjoy Flying" and "The Easyweigh to Lose Weight." In 2004 Allen published his bestselling autobiography "Packing It In" (Michael Joseph). He was diagnosed with lung cancer in the summer of 2006 and died in November of the same year. It seems likely that the years he spent curing smokers in smoke-filled sessions at his clinics must have contributed to this illness, but Allen Carr remained positive; 'Given that I am informed that I have cured at least 10 million smokers on a conservative estimation, it's a price worth paying.'
Struggling with too much and too often excess booze I have tried everything I could find: bought most of Amazon books on the subject, talked with AA, psychiatrists, took medicines et after each step getting more and more depress and feeling ashamed and useless. Then I read Allen Carr's book, thinking deep inside that it would be another usual book giving your advices, orders, telling you terribles stories in one word very negative. But I really found this time something to rely on. I found myself in those pages and the way I was dealing wrongly with life, stress and booze. This is the ONLY book to buy if you are concern about your drinking and sincerely want to do something about it. This writer is a bit of a magician !!!!....... but still very realistic and straight to the point. Buy it, not tomorrow or next week... buy it NOW and read it ASAP. It will save your life !.... it saved mine and gave me back MY freedom.
Last year, I searched Amazon for a book that might give me some advice/support on ways to help me control my intake of alcohol. I'd been a heavy drinker for nearly 35 years. I had no intent of quitting drinking when I bought the book. I read the reviews and had mixed feelings.
But, I will tell you that if you have any concern about how much you drink, if you have guilts or regrets over what you have done or said while you were drinking, and if you can read Allen's book with an open mind and a desire to improve yourself, I am convinced it will change your life starting the day you finish the book!!!
I'm a tough [...] and people consider me a man's man. But, I will tell you that I cried tears of joy when I finished Allen's book! Don't let yourself be swayed by Gertrude's review of this book. And, I won't tell you the secret of Allen's teaching.
Buy it! It is a tiny price for the value it will bring to your life. Be open minded and sober when you read it. I am a much better man, father, husband, professional... all because of this book. Do yourself and those around you a favor. Give it a read!
I had quit drinking for about 2 weeks with the 'willpower method' for the 100th time and knew that I was on the verge of falling off the wagon again. So I started searching amazon for a new book to help give me some motivation to continue my run. I read some reviews on this book and figured it was worth a read.
I must say, Mr. Carr's approach to controlling (quitting) drinking was unlike anything I had ever heard, and I've read a lot on the subject, including the AA Big Book. It was nice to hear for once that I didn't need to go to 12-step meetings to be cured or check into rehab for 30 days or talk to a shrink about how daddy didn't love me enough.
It was intriguing to hear that I had simply fallen for a trick, fallen into a trap. He did an excellent job of dispelling all the common myths surrounding alcohol and why we feel attracted to it or in need of it. He tackled the problem in a very logical way by exploring what we really benefit from drinking. If you look close enough you will realize that there is no benefit whatsoever.
In other words, he very effectively and systematically removed my desire to drink; something neither AA, nor my doctor, nor my family, nor a judge could do. About halfway through the book, I knew that I wouldn't drink again! It is truly amazing, given my long history of alcohol abuse and failed attempts. At this current writing I'm 5 weeks sober and have not had any cravings for booze, which was a daily battle before coming across this gem.
Like another reviewer said, I feel like the book has hypnotized me in a way. I almost instantly went from waking up every day and praying to have the strength to fight off the temptations to waking up every day and simply knowing that the fight is over and I have won.Read more ›
Before I begin, I just want to say that this is the first review I have done for Amazon despite being a Prime member for 6+ years. I know I know, you may be thinking I am some lazy bum who does not care about his fellow Amazon shopper....OR realize that this book has made such a large impact on my life and want to share it with as many people as possible. My goal is to give a little background about myself, my struggle and the solution. Even if just one person gets something from this then this review will be a success. Now a little about myself... I am 26, I have a successful job in the construction industry, have a great group of friends and family and my whole world revolves around cars. Talking, wrenching, watching, driving. It is in my blood. This seems irrelavent now but will make more sense later. I went to a great high school, played all the sports, never did drugs or drank in excess. Yes, I went to parties but it was not a every weekend event. Continued on to college and got a two year degree. I was paying for myself so I could not afford the required classes to get my Bachelors degree and in search of a job I ended up getting into construction. By the time I was 20 I was probably drinking twice a week steady with some of the older guys I worked with. I turned 21 and without realizing it my drinking had shot through the roof. I was going out and buying this or that to try whether it be hard alcohol or microbrews. I did not think much of it since I was just doing what every other 21 year old was doing, right? Around the age of 23 I realized I had a major problem on my hands. I was buying a pint of Jagermeister a night and could slam the entire bottle in one shot.Read more ›
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