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The Good Drinker: How I Learned to Love Drinking Less

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These questions lie at the heart of Stitches, Anne Lamott's follow-up to her New York Times-bestselling work, Help, Thanks, Wow. but as he was born with a facial abnormality he has been homeschooled by his parents his whole life. I've occasionally been asked why it is that I need to go for a drink before watching the Albion play. Adrian is honest and transparent about his own alcohol journey, and the challenge in cutting down, whilst still enjoying a drink. His book takes a Jungian psychology approach to addictions and drinking, with five universal archetypes as the thread through his take on the topic.

This bleak statement is especially true for many pop and rock stars, who find themselves catapulted from fame into obscurity virtually overnight, given the unforgiving vagaries of the music industry.It’s a really good mix of being informative, factual – but not preachy – and most definitely not ‘it’s my way or the highway’. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

He starts by discussing the basics of his approach, emotions and how to handle them, and our self-beliefs. In five or ten years, the way I was going, it was clear to me that I’d have had to stop drinking completely or face some pretty dire consequences with my innards.If I walk along my three-mile line of drinks I’m appalled to realise that by the one-mile mark, I’m already seeing drinks I could have managed without; drinks I could have not drunk without diminishing my enjoyment of anything one jot. First and foremost, alcohol is so woven into the fabric of my life, in all sorts of different ways, that it would take a great deal of unpicking. The Good Drinker also has the stories of other moderate drinkers, interviews with experts, and practical tips and strategies for cutting down.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Yet while the alcohol industry depends on a minority of problem drinkers, the majority really do enjoy in moderation. When our daughter was seriously ill (suspected leukaemia initially, and then diagnosed with an auto immune disease) I gave up completely as I knew it was all or nothing at a time of stress- and dealing with sleepless nights and a hangover would have been horrific. I always want to be able to take a quiet early evening pint or two with a friend or share a bottle of wine over dinner somewhere.Adrian Chiles has consumed absolutely eye watering, Churchillian quantities of alcohol throughout his life. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness.

But this book is a great addition to the still very small collection of books aimed at the moderate drinker. Whether this is a good or bad thing is beside the point; the reality is that this is what my life looks like, and this is what I must work with. These poetic prescriptions and wise words of advice offer comfort, delight and inspiration for all; a space for reflection, and that precious realization - I'm not the only one who feels like this. And for full disclosure, Club Soda founder Laura has also written two pages to the book on her thoughts on alcohol-free cocktails.The combination of facts and anecdotes means it’s an interesting and amusing read and I plan to follow Adrian’s example and be more mindful about what I consume alcohol-wise going forwards. Reading Chiles' book mad me realise that my drinking story was remarkably similar to his own, and I guess many readers will feel the same. Plus get our latest news and special offers for members to choose better drinks, change your drinking and connect with others. The long subtitle of this book is All Occasion Guide to Alcohol-Free, Zero-Proof, No-Regrets, Sober-Curious Lifestyle.

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