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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: CW Media, Inc.; Third edition (November 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098427300X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984273003
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Tuschel is a PhD - Previously heavy Drinker. After 32 years of daily drinking, his marriage and life collapsed. Determined to take control over alcohol he made the CHOICE to live sober.

By discovering techniques to use his own willpower, he has been able to maintain sobriety for more than eight years (without relapse) and rebuild his sense of self worth and ultimately his life.

Mark is not anti-alcohol or a prohibition lunatic. He honestly and openly admits that he misses his old friend alcohol, but he also realizes that drinking will not improve his life or his chances for a better future. Accepting this precept is why he chooses to remain sober.

He is also the author of "Okay, I quit. Now what?" and "Drunk Dad, Sober Dad."

Mark runs the website LivingSoberSucks.com A free website dedicated to helping other problem drinkers. Blog articles and podcasts are all FREE.

Mark has been involved in radio broadcast for over 20 years. Starting as an on-air DJ, producing comedy for All-Star Radio, ACN, ESPN Radio, Animal Radio Network and more. He currently travels the country doing public speaking engagements and speaking at prisons to assist inmates in preparing for re-immersion into society.


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Mark A. Tuschel is a PhD - Previously heavy Drinker. After 32 years of daily drinking, his marriage and life collapsed. Determined to take control over alcohol he made the CHOICE to live sober.

By discovering techniques to use his own willpower, he has been able to maintain sobriety for more than four years (without relapse) and rebuild his sense of self worth and ultimately his life. Mark is not anti-alcohol or a prohibition lunatic. He honestly and openly admits that he misses his old friend alcohol, but he also realizes that drinking will NOT improve his life or his chances for a better future.

He is also the author for the websites LivingSoberSucks.com and FreeDivorceSupportForMen.com Free sites dedicated to helping other problem drinkers and divorced men.

Customer Reviews

This was a well written book.
T. Fowler
As I progress in my sobriety, I will recommend this book to anyone who expresses a desire to do the same.
A. Steward
His "friends" tell him he wasn't "that bad" and should start drinking again.
Danny Barksdale

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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Danny Barksdale on May 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
I don't recommend this book. It reads like a rambling, repetitive inspirational speaker with way too much time. There is about enough information to fill a 20 page pamphlet that's stretched to 300 or so pages. It's difficult to get through to say the least.

It starts with a long, almost bragging, account of how much alcohol he could drink and all he accomplished while he was drunk. Building things, fixing things, comedy, etc. The next section is just stubbornly saying the opposite of what most experts say. Just use your willpower to quit, quit for other people, drink non-alcoholic beer, get angry and use it for power to quit, etc. Then when he talks about HIS process he doesn't really follow his own advice. It was just a blow hard blowing against the wind. He says he got sober for his wife but he didn't start drinking again when she left. He writes just use your willpower then writes about "techniques" to help quit. (Could be a definitional issue.)

Then, I started feeling so bad. Bad to the point of tears sometimes. He repeatedly says his (ex) wife was "the best thing that ever happened to me". But, when he quit drinking, she constantly encouraged him to start drinking again, made fun of him for not drinking, and called him "The Depressor". THAT'S the best thing that ever happened to him? I'm sad. His "friends" tell him he wasn't "that bad" and should start drinking again. He doesn't even seem to realize how unlucky he is to have people like this in his life. He doesn't seem to have enough self-esteem to try for a "better crowd"! Higher caliber company and I'm not talking about money or status. He also talks about drinking non-alcoholic beer which I think is causing him problems.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 30, 2010
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I've read many books about addiction recovery, including the AA Big Book. I've been to a psychiatrist and to a licensed addiction treatment program. This book has been more helpful to my recovery than all of that combined. In a day and age when it is unpopular to take personal responsibility for one's behavior, it is refreshing to read a book that acknowledges both personal responsibility and personal empowerment. I have found this book to so helpful that I listen to the audio version in my car every day, to and from work. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is willing to take responsibility for their life and addiction.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Steward on February 19, 2010
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This book is a practical, refreshing alternative to 12-step programs. Irreverent, raw, and thought-provoking. A great read for anyone who thinks they *might* have a problem with alcohol. The author's unique take on sobriety is served up with humor, insight, encouragement and honesty, and he writes it in a way that feels friendly and personal. I was at a place in my life where I knew I had to stop drinking and this book has been a great companion and guide to getting through the first few rough weeks. The realization that only I can decide what I will or will not put in my body is terrifying, yet completely liberating at the same time! I can CHOOSE not to drink. It's not easy, but I've realized that it's worth it. As I progress in my sobriety, I will recommend this book to anyone who expresses a desire to do the same.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ on December 28, 2010
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I don't know if living sober sucks. For me it doesn't, always, but maybe for some, it does, always.

Life is hard, no matter who you are. Hard to different degrees, different for everyone. Some people have had horrible things happen to us: come from horrible families, have been abused, molested, done wrong in the most fundamental ways. Can these people be blamed for wanting to numb the pain? For drinking?

Absolutely not!

Some have different lives. Checks bounce, gotta pay the bills, gotta go to work. Nothing awful has happened to us. But that crack of the bottle cap, that first heavenly unwinding buzz after a hard day, that feeling that nothing matters as much as we think when sober, that taste of beautifully flavored suds in the mouth is a wonderful thing--at first. But some want more and more. We just can't stop ourselves. We turn around, wake up in our bathtub, and miss work. Then we go buy more. Before long we are in deep. Deep trouble. This is worse than what we were trying to escape from.

That different people drink for different reasons is very important in considering this book. Mark Tucshel is right: AA is not for all people who have problems with alcohol. I think AA has a lot to teach us: having faith that we are protected and guided, and getting to see people who have the same problem we do is quite comforting, especially in those terrible few months of getting off alcohol.

But we are people with an alcohol problem, not people DEFINED by our alcohol problem. Some have good lives, loving families, and passions we want to return to but can't if we drink.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By NewMacGirl on June 17, 2011
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Oh yeah, and I'm still sober. I effing love this guy for making me feel that being selfish, getting sober for someone else or in someone else's honor, and not being an AA drone were all valid ways to maintain a happy healthy sober life. I don't count my days anymore. Before reading this book I thought I had to go to AA, 90 meetings in 90 days, get a sponsor, etc which I had done before and still relapsed. But after reading this book I just had a sense of purpose. I knew I wanted to lead my life without alcohol and that was it. I didn't want to alter many other things/my lifestyle/etc. Now what I'm saying is that whatever I'm doing is working for me, which cannot be entirely attributed to this book, but for the purposes of this review I will tell anyone curious or considering stopping drugs and alcohol give this book a chance and hope you don't mind a little cursing here and there. I personally loved his raw language as addiction is no sensitive topic!
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