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Seven Days Sober: A Guide to Discovering What You Really Think About Your Drinking [Kindle Edition]

Meredith Bell
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Are you ready to try a new way of living?

Maybe one night of embarrassing behavior haunts your memory–or perhaps you don’t remember it at all. Maybe your three-martini or one-bottle-of-wine habit leaves you feeling debilitated rather than exhilarated. Perhaps you're thinking that it's time to take a break from daily drinking to finish an important project, fix a relationship or see if your health improves.

Seven Days Sober: A Guide to Discovering What You Really Think About Your Drinking makes it easy to dip a toe into an alcohol-free pool to see if the sober life works for you.

You'll learn:

• Common misconceptions about sobriety
• Tips for sailing through any situation soberly
• The effect alcohol has on your relationships
• How to overcome your own myths about drinking
• How to judge whether or not the sober life works for you
• And much more...

Filled with common sense advice, personal anecdotes from Meredith Bell and details about the effects of alcohol on your mind, body and emotions, Seven Days Sober is a must-read for anyone who drinks.

Contact Meredith at sevendayssober@gmail.com
Follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sevendayssober
Or visit her website and blog at sevendayssoberbook.com


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From the Author

Meredith Bell is a former wine industry executive who wrote Seven Days Sober: A Guide to Discovering What You Really Think About Your Drinking to help others who find themselves trapped in a destructive pattern with alcohol.

The book provides simple-to-follow steps that allow readers to take a week off and reflect on how alcohol affects every facet of their life. From relationships to productivity, Seven Days Sober offers an insider's look at the ways daily drinking can change our perceptions and alter our thinking.

Her latest book, A SOBER YEAR: DAILY MUSINGS ON AN ALCOHOL-FREE LIFE, is also available on Amazon.

She lives in Sonoma County, California, where she enjoys the beauty of wine country in sobriety.
  • Visit her website at sevendayssober.net
  • Contact her at sevendayssober@gmail.com 
  • Follow her on Facebook: facebook.com/sevendayssober

Product Details

  • File Size: 403 KB
  • Print Length: 167 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499573316
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WU22YE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,523 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book... Horrible editing August 2, 2013
By Fred O.
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I am sorry that I can't give this book the 5 stars it deserves but the book needs some really serious editing. Maybe Amazon knows this and that is why it is so cheaply priced even though it is a really a good read. Words are either missing or "that" is used in place of "than"; "because" in place of "become", etc. I am pulling those illustrations from memory and if they are not correct, they serve to illustrate the point.

I chose to read it simply because I am reading anything about alcohol addiction, recovery and relapse prevention. I have finally embraced the notion that I can no longer have even one drink if I want to enjoy the remainder of my life so I ignore the part about it "only being 7 days". Everything else is spot on and I thank Meredith for sharing her experiences. (I hope that didn't sound too AA)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No epiphanies? October 2, 2013
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Ms. Bell begins her book by claiming that there are no epiphanies more than once. In bold type. Mine happened on "Day 5". As a wine industry insider she used day 5 to write about the environmental impacts of wineries and vintner practices. Drowning finches? Draining rivers so the trout kill themselves trying to spawn? And this in California! The same state that won't allow almond growers (almonds are actually food, remember) sufficient irrigation! As a farm girl I should have known, or at least guessed, that the agricultural practices were typical corporate ag. We can somewhat forgive the destruction of habitat for food. I can't forgive drowning finches. I can't get the image of the trout out of my mind.

I started reading after my typical 2 glasses of wine one evening. Sometimes the two would become three. I've been trying to quit for years. Each "day" of this book brings either new revelations or at least new ways of looking at the problem of alcoholism. Each day will ring a bell for different readers, I think. For me it was the animals and the land.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done, helpful, and inspiring! February 6, 2013
By Colette
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This is a truly wonderful and helpful book -- well worth the Kindle price! The author shares great advice as well as personal stories about her struggle with alcohol. It's guaranteed that you will walk away with at least one important tip (probably more!) you can use on a daily basis to help you learn more about your own relationship with alcohol... The section on how to fill your time now that you're not drinking (or not drinking as much) has a few ideas that I never thought of! Hope to see more from this author soon...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, Thoughtful and Helpful March 20, 2014
By Alexis
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Right from the start, you can tell that this author has a realistic perspective on how hard it is to walk away from alcohol. Instead of falsely representing a "cure" for problem drinkers/alcoholics, she offers you a choice to start easy by "taking a break" from alcohol for 7 days. In my opinion, the 7 day break is a fantastically real option for anyone who wants to try to stop drinking, but is overwhelmed by the idea of 30/60/90 days sober, much less the idea of not drinking FOREVER. All she asks is that you try not drinking for 7 days. It's hard, but doable, and you're not focused too far into the future. I thought this was a great idea. An achievable concept, even for someone who drinks every day.
The author does a fine job at balancing personal experience and guidelines/tips for making your 7 day break as easy as possible. Reading her personal experiences, and being able to relate to them was incredibly helpful b/c I saw a lot of my behavior in her. It gave me a feeling that I'm not alone. Her tips on how to combat boredom and routine were very helpful b/c there were times when not drinking was starting to get the better of me.
The best part of the book is that the chapters are broken into days (i.e. chapter 1 is called Day 1). Every day highlights an internal struggle you may be facing, even one you may not know you have, and how to approach it to deal with it. She gives you ideas on how to communicate with friends and family if you decide to stick with your "break." And at the end of every chapter/day, there are "Questions to Consider." This element was by far the most important and helpful part of the book. These questions are tough, no doubt about it. The answers you have for them may even be tougher; hard to admit to yourself, even...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring September 3, 2013
By Kiki G.
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If you've been battling that inner feeling that you may have a drinking problem and want to dip your toe in the sobriety pond, this is a perfect introduction. It's candid, the author is relatable and it even has a bunch of helpful tips.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very useful and well written book July 31, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed reading Seven Days and would highly recommend it to anyone who thinks he or she might have a problem. Not proselytizing in the least, but frank, honest and supportive. She has an excellent list of things to do when you are sober. I do not drink the way she did (at least I haven't in the last 20 years). I actually wanted to give up my nightly glass or two of wine in order to lose weight. Give it try, you might learn something about yourself and that's never bad!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seven Days Sober a MUST read June 12, 2013
By czabka
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This book was AWESOME and I totally related to her - in fact at times reading it its as if I wrote it - What a great book, I am done with the seven days and now going on to the next part of the book - Thank you Meredith for writing this book as its helped me so much - a well worth read !!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Guidebook for the 21st Century Drunk
Meredith Bell has written an honest and clear guide to beginning a life of sobriety. Combining the thoughts of Alan Carr, the no-nonsense slogans of AA, and the teachings of... Read more
Published 17 days ago by College Prof
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It opened my eyes!
Published 1 month ago by lori
5.0 out of 5 stars candid and helpful
A great way to get started thinking about how, why and what is going on with your drinking... She offers some great tips for curbing the habit and making the most out of life... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A practical guide to looking at your alcohol usage.
Published 2 months ago by Gail
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This book was real! It didn't sugar coat anything, didn't provide an "end-all be-all" solution. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anthony J. Checki
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Inspiring read and very helpful
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Light and easy
My husband and I liked it and use periodically. As in deciding "lets do the 7 days this week!" We don't drink every day so its not difficult for us. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gigi Greer
4.0 out of 5 stars "I Have Never Regretted Not Drinking"
A lot of what Meredith has to say in this book sticks with me. I am re-reading it for the second time...and will no doubt visit my bookmarks several times in the upcoming years. Read more
Published 5 months ago by WENDY SKIPTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for those thinking about maybe quitting!
Once you get to a point where you recognize that maybe, perhaps, your drinking habits are cause for a wee bit of concern, trying to find help can be daunting. Ms. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars right on
Honest, True and could pretty much relate to my past. Really enjoying reading these type of true stories. Love it!
Published 6 months ago by C. McDonald
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More About the Author

Meredith Bell is a former wine industry executive who wrote her first book, Seven Days Sober: A Guide to Discovering What You Really Think About Your Drinking, to help others who find themselves trapped in a destructive pattern with alcohol.

Her latest book, A Sober Year: Daily Musings on An Alcohol-Free Life, is also available at Amazon. Filled with personal anecdotes, tips, revelations and observations, A Sober Year is a comforting companion for anyone in recovery.

Meredith lives in Sonoma County, California, where she enjoys the beauty of wine country in sobriety.


Contact Meredith at sevendayssober@gmail.com
Follow her on Facebook: facebook.com/sevendayssober
Visit her website and blog at sevendayssoberbook.com

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Thank you for your kind review! I am thinking of doing a book for teens. I just finished my latest, A SOBER YEAR, and it should be available on Amazon in the next few hours. I hope to also revisit SEVEN DAYS to repair some of the editing issues. Feel free to contact me at... Read More
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