- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Sterling (December 25, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402736479
- ISBN-13: 978-1402736476
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 225 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,848 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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9/15 Five HAPPY days and counting. I haven't been trying to avoid thinking about drinking. When I see the many, many, many reminders of alcohol and drinking around me, I take Carr's advice and think to myself, "I'm so happy I've ESCAPED the trap!"
10/8 Almost a month and I'm a very happy NON-DRINKER. The problems I had were caused by drinking, I didn't drink because I had problems. Whenever I even think about drinking I remind myself how much better I feel, how much clearer my thinking is, how much more I respect myself, and how much happier I am. It's not that I "can't" drink, it's that I "don't" drink. I've been around drinking a few times since I quit, with no desire to join in. Thank GOD for Allen Carr!
11/18/15 Still SO HAPPY I'm not drinking. My self-respect is BACK. I have no desire to go back to my old ways. I finally like myself again. I can't express how profoundly this book changed my life. SO HAPPY! :-D It's not that I don't "get" to drink anymore, "I DON'T HAVE TO DRINK ANYMORE." Amen.
9/22/16: It's been just over a year and I'm still alcohol free. On the rare occasions when I think "I'd just like to forget this whole day by getting wasted" I'm reminded of how everything I used to believe about alcohol was a lie. That it never did anything for me, and I was on a very slippery slope to serious addiction, risking my life, my marriage, and my precious children. I also came to realize how many social activities I was participating in JUST SO I COULD DRINK. I didn't enjoy the activities themselves, just the drinking. Now I have the friends in my life who respect my choices and are more than happy to have coffee with me instead of multiple bottles of red wine.
Allen Carr should be sainted!
Prior to reading this book, I was a binge drinker for 27 years. Like a cat, I always landed on my feet after so many close calls with driving, arguments, regret ect ect ect. I knew my luck would run out one day as I saw many friends in my circle racking up the DUI's. Their pain was not so much the arrest but the financial crush that followed for years to come.
Simply put, this book changed my life forever and saved me. I always thought our family had a "drinking" gene or defective gene where we in our family could not handle our alcohol. Carr set me straight and I am relieved to know now that no such "gene" exists and it was pure myth and fallacy.
Needless to say after reading this book for the third time, I have not had a drink in three months. I am not saying you will have to read the book more than once, but I am one of those people who do multiple reads on most books I love! I have lost 20 pounds and am running 2 to 3 miles most mornings at 6am when I wake up feeling like I am 17 again. ( I am 45). I have saved so much money on not drinking it is unreal!! I have broken associations with heavy drinkers and you should too but not close friends or family who happen to drink from time to time as Carr says in this book.
If you truly want to stop drinking, then this book will help you do that instantly upon completing it.
I found it imperative to keep it in the drawer next to my bed the first few weeks and read a little bit from it every night because you will be tempted at first and you will find yourself using the "willpower" method once in a while. However by having this book nearby, and reading just a few pages from it, you will quickly stop using the useless "willpower" method.
Don't skim this book. Don't skip ahead. Read is slowly, word for word. Front to back and cover to cover. One of my favorite quotes is from the Shawhank Redemption movie. " Get Busy Living, or Get Busy Dying"! Isn't it ironic that quote was from a guy breaking out of prison after twenty years. Hmmm, Breaking out of prison? Sounds a lot like getting free from the drug addicted life known as "Drinking".
A few things that Carr mentions that stands out. People think that quitting drinking will create a void in their life. They are right and wrong. Yes, there will be a void but on the contrary, quitting drinking did not create the void. It was drinking that created the void in the first place. Anyways you have nothing to worry about as Carr mentions that four things you can never have enough of are time, energy, love and money. Alcohol severely ravages all four of those things. I also love how Carr dispels that myth in an entire chapter devoted to the myth that "Alcohol makes me Happy". Carr sums that chapter up by saying: "If alcohol truly made us happy, then it would make sense that alcoholics should be the happiest people on earth". On the contrary, we all know that they are the most miserable people on earth. Alcohol does not and cannot make you happy. Myth Debunked.
I hoped this review helped. It's Friday, I gotta go as 5pm is near. That means I am going mountain biking at 5pm with my Ipod cranking my tunes, smiling and enjoying the beautiful earth, woods and fresh air. That 5pm on Friday used to mean something else before I found Allan Carr. Don't miss that life at all!
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