- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: CW Media, Inc.; Third edition (November 18, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098427300X
- ISBN-13: 978-0984273003
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,809 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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One piece of wisdom I particularly liked and repeat to myself is what he tells himself about attempting to become a controlled drinker and why it's not a good idea to attempt that. It fit me to a tee, so it's become what I repeat to myself when I think about taking just one or two drinks. There are lots of other things that are helpful and might be aids to other people.
I do have a few criticisms/comments about the book: 1) Women will notice that, in every way, this is a very masculine story. A lot of what he talks about will not apply to a female drinker and women might even find parts of it annoying. Even so, there is some good stuff here for women. Plenty, in fact. 2) I really got sick of hearing him moan about losing his wife. I just did. She decided to keep up her heavy drinking, so it's not that great a loss. My opinion. 3) The discussion of "how much money you will save by not drinking" definitely does NOT apply to every drinker, and yet he goes on and on about it. If you drink in bars like he did and then buy drinks for all your friends, you will CERTAINLY save money. Solitary drinkers will not notice a huge 'cash back' result, necessarily. Since I stopped I have noticed a modest improvement in my finances, but it is VERY modest and certainly will not result in my being able to create a savings account as he suggests!I admit that his raving about the "savings" got me a little depressed, because I am not saving!
I won't ramble...just get it!