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Kick the Drink...Easily!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2010
An astoundingly good down-to-earth and realistic look at alcohol addiction with real-life examples and effective strategies to do just what the book promises: stop drinking and do it easily and for life. After reading this book, I don't know how anyone, addicted or otherwise could go on drinking, even "socially", and feel good about it.

What amazes me most is that this book is only available in the UK and I could only get it as an import. Why, oh why, is this book not published here in the USA where thousands of people's lives are being ruined by alcohol? Where a book like this could do so much good? AA is one way to kick drinking that works for 6% of people who try it (these are AA's statistics, not mine). This book is an alternative for those who tried AA and found it unsuccessful for them. I'm not knocking AA - if it works for you, hurrah! I just think there should be more options (in addition to AA) being offered to people addicted to alcohol or other drugs.

I quit drinking on my own using this book and another called "Rational Recovery", and though I used to drink a bottle or more of wine every night, I don't miss it at all. Why? Because Stop Drinking 4 Life helped me see the light. Thank God for this book and Jack Trimpey's RR book!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2013
Excellent book that has completely shifted my way of looking at alcohol.

I picked-up the book with the intention of cutting-down. By the time I'd finished, I'd decided not to drink at all again, and so far I haven't (it's been over two months since then). Never say never, but so far, despite some social pressure, I just don't feel like drinking any more. And this is from someone who was petrified at the thoughts of having to quit: How could I ever relax again at the end of the day, or enjoy a social event etc.

Never has a book so influenced my thinking on anything. I'm so glad I found it. I LOVE waking-up hangover-free every morning, and no longer thinking about my alcohol consumption in any way.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2013
I had noticed over the years that my social drinking converted into drinking on a daily basis a few hours before bed. I was always trying to exercise some level of control but found myself caught in a trap. I was eating right, exercising daily, (completed two full Ironman events) and sure had a lot of preaching to others about living healthy. I felt hypocritical because I knew I lacked control over alcohol and rarely was honest about my struggle. I had a brother that followed the same pathway over the years and was able to stop with the help of AA. I was annoyed with the whole "higher power" thing and I refused to subject myself to it. My wife and I were going to complete the 7 day juice plan with Jason Vale's book.....And that's where I heard of this amazing book. I read it in a couple of days and I was done with alcohol. It changed my whole perspective. I knew all the reasons why one shouldn't drink but that wasn't enough to motivate me. It was really about what I thought I benefited from alcohol was truly a lie. I feel amazing and no longer load myself up with caffeine all day to end the day with a depressant. I had no idea that alcohol was affecting my brain and my body the way that is was. I have a ton of energy and I'm thinking clearer. Jason.....if you ever read this.....your humor, writing style, and personality is awesome! I'm a very secular evidenced based person and your approach was perfect for someone like me. Thank you!!!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2013
When I started reading this, I was very skeptical. It started getting a bit repetitious, and I wasn't always quite sure what point he was trying to make. But, it really opened my eyes to some things that should be very obvious to us all, but to which we have been brainwashed to the opposite, and I was so excited to stop drinking. It is not the struggle and sacrifice that AA or the doctors warn you about. I was a pretty heavy drinker, but could not wait to finish the book and get on with my healthy lifestyle. I haven't had a drink since then, and it is not that I am keeping track of the days that I have "been sober". This book really is life altering. My life doesn't revolve around alcohol anymore and I don't miss it (or the hangovers, or the blackouts, or the embarrassments... ).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2011
This book takes an entirely different approach than AA or any other program for "Kicking the Drink". I like it. It is well written and very uplifting! It doesn't come off as condemning a person for feeling they have a problem with drinking but rather stating that ALL alcohol consumption is poison to the body whether you drink "socially" or are a flat out drunk, it doesn't matter, no one should consume it and not one person is immune from the negative (health) affects of consuming alcohol (poison). If you are considering giving up alcohol or no someone who is, this really is a good book that is worth the read. I highly recommend it!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2014
This book is a ripoff of Allen Carr's book The Easy Way to Stop Drinking. He's stolen ideas, analogies, and even entire passages. I'm surprised he hasn't been sued yet, but I'm reporting this book to the people at Easy Way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2013
Jason Vale has written such an amazing book. A very insightful and positively uplifting book. His ideas, thoughts and strategies are so impressive. This a great example how the power of positive thinking and affirmations can really make a difference in the life of anyone who is struggling with trying to give up alcohol. And importantly, he simply brings the truth and light to what otherwise has always been percieved to be a dark and unrecoverable disease. Anyone who has tried other ways to give up, just needs to read and listen to Jason's truth to find a way out of their misery. This book is a great example of how - "the truth, shall set you free". Thank you Jason, you have truely made a positive difference to my life - god bless!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2013
I quite enjoyed this book, the content was very similar to that of Allen Carr and his Quit Smoking/Quit Drinking books. It basically tells you everything you already know about the dangers of the alcohol trap, but probably don't like to admit! It's a kick up the butt that many drinkers in denial need, but whether they heed the good advice and common sense is another matter. My only concern is that nothing is mentioned about the dangers of quitting cold turkey for seriously addicted drinkers. It is a medical fact that quitting alcohol can be life threatening for severe addicts, without medical intervention, and I think a chapter on this would have been helpful for those who have a more severe problem.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2013
I bought this book after participating in Jason's "World's Biggest Juice Detox" in Jan 2013. I really liked his enthusiasm for juicing and health. After doing the detox I felt amazing and really the wanted to stay off booze and for that feeling to last. Additionally, I had been thinking of cutting down (at least) on booze for a while, and then I came across this book!

I found the first 2 chapters not that interesting, but after that, the book gets going. I was hooked and read it in a day. It really opened my eyes to how society views and accepts alcohol compared to other drug addictions, including smoking. I had never really thought of alcohol as a drug before, but once you do, it is easy to see how the majority of the population become addicted to it, and why it is so difficult to give up give societal pressures TO drink. I can also see why Jason argues you can't simply "cut down" since that is not how drug addictions work. Before buying this book, I read all the reviews and now I feel like some people who gave it a poor rating have missed these points. But each to their own...

Jason's arguments really resonated with me and I have not drunk any alcohol for a month. Interestingly, I have not even wanted to drink it. I don't miss it, and at this point in time, I don't know why I would start it up again. I have re-read certain chapters this week, and it has just reinforced my decision. I also feel really good all the time, and have much more mental clarity.

Like most reviewers, I think this book is worth the money (especially the kindle price, which is more or less the price of drink in a pub). I really liked that Jason writes examples from his own personal experience with alcohol. It was reassuring to know that he has been there, he knows what he is talking about, and he has got past his addiction using the strategies he provides.

My major criticism is Jason repeats certain things over and over throughout the book, which I found unnecessary after reading it them first two times. And as I said up front, the first two chapters weren't that interesting to me, so I'm taking a point off for these things.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2014
I absolutely loved this book and not only did everything Jason say make total sense..but he has cured me of drinking alcohol. I can say this is only very early days ......(three weeks) but I know that my life is precious and I am not going to shorten it by taking an addictive drug which does me no good at all. I am 62 years old and female. I am happily married for 36 years with four children and four grandchildren. I live in Australia and until I finished Jasons book drank at least two glasses of wine every night. For the last four years I have had a month off drinking in February for a charity with the aim of raising sponsorship money by abstaining from alcohol. Although I always felt so much better after a month of no alcohol I always went back to my old ways of alcohol every day. (and counted the days of the month until I could drink again)
Unfortunately the drinking culture is very strong in Australia with access to alcohol virtually 24 hours a day. As Jason points out more deaths are caused by alcohol or alcohol related incidents than caused by heroin but one is a legal drug and I'm sure most readers will have been touched by alcohol addiction.
Thank you so much Jason for opening my eyes. Friends and family are incredulous that I have given up alcohol and can't believe I can still have fun and not want a drink of alcohol. I just can't believe it myself ~ but to wake up every morning feeling absolutely wonderful with a clear head and so much more energy.
I recommend everyone should read this book. Jason's strategy really did free me of my alcohol addiction by altering my perception of alcohol in such a way I no longer feel deprived if I don't have a drink. It is a total lifestyle change for me and I want to shout from the rooftops I am cured and it's a wonderful precious life. Thank you Jason.
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