Alcohol Explained

Narrated by: Nick Jermyn
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Alcohol Explained is the definitive, ground-breaking guide to alcohol and alcoholism. It explains how alcohol affects human beings on a chemical, physiological, and psychological level, from those first drinks right up to chronic alcoholism. Alcoholism and problem drinking seems illogical to those on the outside; indeed, it is equally perplexing for the alcoholic or problem drinker. This audiobook provides a logical, easy-to-follow explanation of the phenomenon and detailed instructions on how to beat it. Despite being entirely scientific and factual in nature, the audiobook is presented in an accessible and easily understandable format.

For more information and to read the first five chapters for free, please visit www.alcoholexplained.com.

"This is an excellent book written by an inquisitive and educated author who during a period of his life suffered from alcoholism. The book explains in an easily understood language the various effects that alcohol has on our body. In my opinion the text would serve as a great handbook not only for those struggling with alcohol but also medical students as part of their education. I am sure some of my own patients troubled with alcoholism in recent years could have benefited from reading William’s book and I will be recommending it going forward." - Håvard Molvik, MD, MRCS, MSc, MRCGP

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Transformational

This book is so effective at making the reader/problem drinker understand that there is absolutely no benefit to drinking even moderately. I find it is a whole new level of effectiveness compared to AA.

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An appropriate title

AE is a great book on the effects of alcohol and how those effects influence the human body and social spectrum. More importantly, William shines a light on how little we know about those effects, and how that ignorance has lead to a society where many people defend their ignorance in the name of fun.

I especially enjoyed the chapter on how the brain reacts to alcohol, after it's become used to it. Like the ability to remember the street you grew up on as a child, your brain carves similar pathways when it comes to alcohol. Only instead of the pathways being beneficial--knowing your way home--they become detrimental. If you're reading this and have become the type of person where the idea of drinking only 1 or 2 drinks for the night is unacceptable, this book will explain why. And in a way that's palatable.

If you've been a binge drinker or heavy drinker for years, and you want to stop, but don't like the woo woo mysticism of AA, this book can be a cannon in your arsenal. It explains well the effects of quitting drinking, and why even having one drink can lead to full blown relapse; often worse than before.

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Life Changing

I found this book after completing Annie Grace’s excellent audiobook This Naked Life. I was watching Annie’s online video where she interviews William Porter about alcohol, his research regarding alcohol and addiction, and his personal experience with alcohol and addiction. I found him to be bright, well-spoken and relatable, so I searched out this book. If you are interested in understanding your own drinking or you are thinking of moderating or giving up alcohol altogether, this is an excellent resource. I went into my reading of Annie Grace’s book with a hope to figure out a better way to moderate my drinking but quickly had an epiphany that the real solution to my struggle to moderate was to stop drinking altogether. This is a decision that is shocking to everyone who knows me. I’m not some raging alcoholic, not even close, so people are confused. But they don’t know how hard I have been struggling for years to moderate my drinking. The goals I set, the internal negotiations I go through, the decisions I make about not keeping extra wine in the house or putting a lock on my liquor cabinet to keep me out of it — the effort, the energy the battle to stay a moderate social drinker has been exhausting. And despite my diligence, I overindulged at least once a week and would wake up hungover and full of self- loathing and regret. Finally, with the help of this book and Annie Grace’s books I understand what I need to do, it’s so clear to me, so obvious. I just have to stop. So I have. I am alcohol free and so happy about it! It’s like I’ve been released from an invisible jail that I didn’t even know I was in! Thank you William Porter for writing bb this book. You have literally changed my life!

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Great education on how alcohol affects our body

Very informative book! I have learned so much and was frankly amazed at the extremely negative way that alcohol robs us of our health and so much more.
Thank you for taking the time to write this book! It certainly has made a positive impact on my life, it is a MUST read for ANYONE who drinks!

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outstanding

excellent information and very informative. I believe anyone can benefit from this book and have their awareness vastly improved.

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Concerned about your alcohol intake?

If you’ve ever been concerned about how much you drink and what alcohol is doing to your mind, body and spirit, I encourage you to read (or listen to) this book! It certainly opened my eyes to what I have been doing to myself... I have only been 28 days alcohol free... but this book cements the idea that is the way I want to live from now on!
I will no doubt listen to this book several more times!

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it helped me understand a lot better!

I read this book to get a better understanding of what my boyfriend, who is an alcoholic is going through. I thought I knew it all already, but I had a lot of aha moments reading this book. I wish the author dove into the depression side of alcoholism a little bit more and not just saying "to just seek the advice from a Dr," like every4one else does.

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Awesome

Awesome!! Absolutely awesome!! If you are looking for a way to stop drinking or simply want to understand how alcohol takes hold of the human body/brain please read.

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very helpful

Well read, highly recommend this book. excellent strategic ideas. easy to read and enjoyable.thumbs up.

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Excellent info

Excellent info. Walks you step by step the effects of alcohol on our bodies and then offers ideas of how to quit. A must read/listen if you’re considering quitting.

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  • Miss
  • 03-10-18

Amazing

This book is a must for anyone looking to stop drinking. The facts behind Alcohol and how it affects the mind and body are clearly explained and become a great tool in being able to quit the booze. I can’t recommend it highly enough!!

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  • LA Bath
  • 01-04-18

To do Dry January or Not?

I really liked this especially as it was narrated by the author.
No goals are set !
The bare facts are told and it does make you think!
I do not drink heavily but am conscious that since retiring I do not have many days off.
Also over the Christmas period the tendency is to just drink too much.
Read this and you will think again. Your body your choice!

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  • Daz
  • 01-10-19

Change changing

Having read Allen Carr, been to an Allen Carr seminar and been a regular at AA, nothing had the impact on me that this has had. It simply filled in all the previous gaps and I finally get it! I can’t thanks William Porter enough.

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  • bangandthedirtisgone
  • 08-23-19

Life changing

Ok so it’s only been a couple of months but this book has seriously changed my life. It explains the logic behind what makes us drink - how we manage time and again to “over drink”, why we get “the fear”, and why we get greedy for more when we start drinking. Once I knew the reasons, drinking became much less attractive and began to seem almost completely pointless. So now I’m drinking once a month instead of 4/5 times a week thanks to this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-25-18

Brilliant

I’ve read /listened to a lot of books on alcohol addiction and I can honestly say this book is quite honestly the best
Thank you William Porter I’ve successfully given up !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-20

Life Changing Read

Wow! After years of battling this drug with various forms of advice, medication, clinics and still losing the battle and not understanding why, I finally understand why I could never have won. Thanks to this book I now understand the mechanics of the alcoholic journey in terms of the physical and mental addiction and how it operates. Quite simply, it works.

Being in possession of this knowledge has changed my life. Thank you William Porter.

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  • Maxine
  • 07-07-20

Brilliant. A must if you are trying to quit alcoho

Very well written and read.
Easy to understand.
A must if you are trying to give up alcohol

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  • Gemma Fortuny
  • 06-24-20

Great Help

For the first time, I read an optimistic approach to alcoholism. very well founded on the writer's own experience. Strongly advisable.

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  • Mrs Kimberly J Hughes
  • 06-19-20

Fascinating

Very eye-opening to learn how alcohol affects the mind and body. Would highly recommend.

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  • Anthony
  • 06-13-20

Life changing

This book is life changing. For me, listening to it was really powerful in helping me to get free of alcohol forever. William Porter is clearly an extremely enlightened, compassionate and intelligent person. I'm so glad I found his material. I am forever indebted to him.

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  • Cindy
  • 08-15-19

Excellent book and narrator!

This book provides a no-nonsence information packet to please even the most finicky of listeners or readers. It's so nice to listen to a book that provides information, in an interesting format, that is not emotive or biased. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is sober-curious to just gather some more information in a search to be the best version of you that you can be.

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  • Andrea
  • 08-01-19

Excellent

I’ve wanted to give up alcohol for a long time. The thought of never being able to enjoy a beer again combined with the fear of the withdrawal process and the inevitable temptation for a drink delayed my decision to stop. My wife suggested I listen to William’s book. After listening, the thing that amazed me the most was how easy it was to stop drinking. Once you understand the underlying cause of your addiction and learn how to deal with it (by avoiding the craving process etc) the decision not to drink is rewarded with freedom.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-05-19

The book title says it all

A must read for anyone wanting to understand alcohol better. The chapters are concise and educating. I decided to stop drinking a few weeks ago and this book has helped reinforced that the decision is right and will now be permanent. I will be a non-drinker for life. Highly recommended!

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  • jane
  • 08-13-19

truths about alcohol

a really clear and helpful read about the truths of alcohol and its effects on our lives

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-24-19

outstanding read. quit with more ease. Thank you.

the content removes any doubt about whether alcohol can be lived without. have not drunk in 15 months. odaat.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-13-19

The hard truth

A real eye opener through factual information that the reader will understand. Tell it how it really is.

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  • Angela Rojas
  • 07-11-19

Explained perfectly

This book really gives you an In depth understanding of our relationship with alcohol and alcohols relationship with us. Everyone is unique in their journey, how we you will definitely resonate with much of the relationship alcohol has with you.

Worth reading again.

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  • Cherie
  • 05-27-20

Very helpful!

I found this book very helpful and interesting. Most importantly it wasn’t preachy, but definitely is clear on the damage alcohol does.

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  • rachel w.
  • 04-22-20

Really Helpful

I love this Book. I found it to be quite a change from some other addiction books such as Annie Grace, ect. Although I love those books, this one was so practical. It has a great no nonsense approach. It it easy to understand but also has a lot of great science. He uses the work "however" a lot, which is why the book is SO GOOD. He mentions a theory or an assumption, but then is able to provide a new perspective or outlook. Changed my life!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-20-20

good book

Great book
I do think he spent way to much time talking about AA and how it doesn't work.
fact is AA does work for some people and doesn't for other's I don't think any way of quitting should be spoken badly about, different things work for different people.