- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Sterling (December 25, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402736479
- ISBN-13: 978-1402736476
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Easy Way to Stop Drinking Hardcover – December 25, 2005
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I read steadily, but had no desire to finish it in record time. I was always sober when I read it, but always looked forward to my nightly ritual of beer and scotch and falling asleep on the couch. His book really spoke to my personal situation. However, I began to dread getting to the end, but also wanted to get to the end to get the magic instructions. I read the rules to agree by before going on. I wasn't sure I agreed with them 100%. I tried rereading some chapters that really spoke to me. I read the instructions. They seemed common sense. I didn't think that was going to do it for me. I read the chapter on the final drink. A little disappointed, I went home to have my final drink. I couldn't have just one. I had my usual, and felt the usual in the morning. It sucked.
The next day I picked up the book again and started reading. I reread the instructions. I reread some chapters.
I kept reading the book, finding a lot of solace in breaking false drinking associations, and reminding myself daily that alcohol ravages time, energy, love, and money. Four things we can never have enough of. I made a habit of reminding myself of how great it is that I am free. I will not mourn the drink, nor envy those who drink.
I am wary that I may eventually let my guard down, and enjoy reading a chapter or two again to reinforce my decision.Read more ›
"Easy Way" is not a literary masterpiece, and it's not your typical addiction book. However, it's roots are solidly planted in cognitive-behavioral psychology, with lots of common sense ideas sprinkled in. It may not be high-brow, but it makes so much sense.
After I stopped drinking, I began to look around at how alcohol and other drugs are viewed and used, as Carr suggests. He states that alcohol is really the last socially acceptable drug, and that even the most casual and responsible drinker is dependent. I started observing my friends, acquaintances and strangers after reading the book, and realized how true this is, as you will if you are willing to look. I've noticed how friends who have to give up alcohol for even a short time miss it terribly. If they are stressed they can't wait to have a drink. This is no accident, but a consequence of using a drug. These are people who don't drink daily, rarely drink more than one or two drinks, and usually have alcohol with meals or socially.Read more ›
I am now 15 weeks drink free. I find I no longer need the book close. Every so often the goblin Carr spoke of appears and tells me I want a drink. I am now able to acknowledge the thought of a drink and then quickly move past it. Carr's method works for me. I no longer think of myself as a person who used to drink. I am now a person that does not drink and the idea of my drinking past no longer has much meaning. I know I am never going back to that place. Thank you Mr Carr.
*****Update October 2 2011********
Since July I have not wanted a drink and have abstained without issue, but this past week I traveled for a new job. I was away from home and feeling overwhelmed by the new job. To make things worse, the group I work with go out for drinks after work. It was hard. I wanted a drink to allow me to check out of this reality and to make matters worse I have to be around it in a bar. Luckily, I have brought a copy of Allen's book with me. I went back to my hotel room and read the parts that I had marked. Yes, I travel with the book. I felt like I was on the willpower method since I felt like I was deprived. All it took was a quick re-read of the sections on how drinking has not benefits. Once I was reminded, I was back on track. I decided to add this to my comments as I am a firm believer that re-reads are needed so one is reminded often as to the fact that there are no benefits to drinking. None. Society and people who drink will try to convince me otherwise. With Allen Carr's words close at hand and my willingness to read them often, I can say with great happiness, that I am only three months from being a year without a drink!!!!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book a little over three years ago. Haven’t had a drink since then. Like most of you, this was not my first attempt to stop drinking. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
This is a FANTASTIC book! I was a daily stress out wine drinker. This book makes total sense.Published 10 days ago by Renee
If you had a bottle of arsenic sitting in front of you, not enough to kill you, just enough to make you sick, would you be tempted to drink it? Not only no, but hell no! Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
Could definitely have been half the length and equally persuasive. Glad I read it. We'll see if it works for me.Published 1 month ago by Daniel Lurie
I am reading the book from the library, but plan to buy it now. It sounds very promising, and I am about 3/4 of the way through it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by PJF
This book is very informative, and is not bias. The author was an alcoholic at one time, but now offers a unique perspective on how society is failing to approach alcoholism. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Isaiah
I was willing to overlook what appears to be the total lack of editing in this rambling, repetitive, grossly opinionated book if indeed it had anything to offer. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Patrick Daniel
Allen Carr proved yet again that he is the ultimate badass at this thing. I already quit smoking by using easyway, and its been 6 months now --- NO CRAVINGS AT ALL. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Manish Tiwari