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Living Sober Sucks! (but living drunk sucks more) Paperback – November 18, 2009
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About the Author
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.
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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?
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing book! Lots of solid advice broken up with humor throughout! I definitely recommend this.Published 2 months ago by Dawn McAdams
The book is basically one guys drunk-log, what he did, where he failed, etc., etc. - not what I was hoping for in a book about sobriety. Read morePublished 6 months ago by James Flora
Awesome book. I did not know it came autographed. That was a plus. Very happyPublished 6 months ago by stephen garoutte
Straight forward and honest. This book has helped me (along with other things) on my sobriety journey.Published 6 months ago by Crystal Alston
Straight to the point but the author sounds incredibly bitter especially regarding his ex.Published 9 months ago by Ladyzeppelin
I would have rated this book 10, sadly only 5 stars were available. I connected with this author on page 1, and remained entranced through to the end. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Christopher J. Dawkins
I adore this book. His no nonsense common sense approach at sobriety hot home with me. I dont believe in the "poor pitiful me" approach to sobriety that most addicts take. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ashley Genetjuice
Mark is such a good writer and his honest account of his journey is really interesting! He lays out the real deal regarding sober life, no holes barred. Read morePublished 18 months ago by I. Burke