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Alcohol Explained

Narrated by: Nick Jermyn
Length: 6 hrs
5 out of 5 stars (214 ratings)
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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

©2015 Samuel Watts (P)2017 Samuel Watts

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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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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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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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outstanding

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

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Great information!

I listened to the entire book today while working in my studio. I believe it to be exactly what I needed. The information presented was easy to follow and made total sense. It will change my life, I believe it has provided me with the knowledge to finally choose sobriety.....forever. I do not gain anything from drinking. Thank you for writing this book.

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Life Changing!!

If you are struggling with alcohol addiction, this book will either cure you or send you well on your path to being cured.

So thankful for this new approach (knowledge) to alcohol addiction, without all of the mumbo jumbo that has been the sole approach offered to alcohol addicts up until now.

Thank you!!!

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However

The writing is so pedestrian it makes me want to drink. There's barely anything scientific about this, just a bunch of information that's already common knowledge. He even goes so far as to reword obvious facts and present it as something new. Did you know that a liquor with 40 percent alcohol is only 2/5 alcohol? I did, but that's because I learned fractions in elementary school. Also, the author uses the word "however" so often and at such predictable intervals that I could say it with him each time. I should also mention that the author is a LAWYER, not a doctor! If you truly want to stop drinking, read This Naked Mind.

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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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Research based facts, confronting & impressive

I gave the performance 4 stars but will just clarify that it’s a great performance - it’s the audio engineering that could be better.

Otherwise wow, an amazing audio book. A persuasive, research-based argument. I think there may be just one more element: human beings’ desire to deliberately self-destruct/sabotage (especially when young), that can’t be easily counterbalanced with common sense. But perhaps that’s not really the audience.

I’ll listen again.

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  • 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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  • mr
  • 01-21-18

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Hard to review this book. Based on medical facts there is little but supposition the author relies quite a bit on pseudoscience to form unfounded links and conclusions. Some are basically accurate the others are pure speculation and are sometimes very much off the mark.

If you like the words 'Indeed' and 'however', of which seem to be used almost every paragraph then you will love the repetition. However (pun intended) it completely gets on your nerves and tells you the mindset of the format, which is popular belief followed by author argument. Sometimes author argument is inaccurate.

The author being an alcoholic doesn't make him an authority on the extremely complex issues why people drink although the author thinks he has the answers... He does not, at least.

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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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  • 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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  • Lucia Hargasova
  • 02-20-19

Great summary on alcohol effects on mind and body

Truly insightful book on the topic. Definitely new perspective on the overall and detailed effect of alcohol. I only read it to learn Vs breaking habit so can't comment on the impact but these kind of book should be read by all adults so we can make more conscious decision about alcohol usage and be aware of habits

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  • Niamh Batterton
  • 02-05-19

Alcohol explained

I enjoyed this, very easy to understand and digest. Frightening information but the truth. The conclusion is very good also.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-19

Clear and no nonsense

A clear and concise description of alcoholism read by a reader who is easy to identify with and is not preachy or pandering. A very good insight into a troubling subject with logical ways of breaking down its issues.

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  • jonathan blake
  • 01-31-19

Disappointingly poor

I quit drinking a while ago and have listened to many books, this is easily the worst. If I had read it to make me stop it would not have worked.
The author is clearly speaking from experience and many of his points are valid but the book does not do what it sets out too.
Much of the book seems to be opinion presented as fact and the explanations don't stack up.
The strategies for stopping are also not practical.
I also found the tone somewhat patronising, the narration did not help with this.
There are far far better books out there. I'd give this one a miss.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-26-19

You can't argue with the facts in this book.

Breaking any habit is difficult but if you have the right reasons and it makes sense to do it then nothing should stop you. Thats what I got from this book. I really appreciated the fact that its not written by a doctor or so called "expert" but someone who has struggled with alcohol addiction/dependancy and has questioned his own relationship with alcohol. Having lost a close friend to alcohol related suicide I started to question my own drinking habits. My friend tried to give up many times and I wondered why he just couldn't seem to do it. This prompted me to question if I could quit or not. I can, I have, I only wish my mate had listened to this book. This book gave me the data I needed to back up my decision to quit drinking. Keep an open mind. William Porter is not trying to trick you. He's just giving you the truth so you can decide. Highly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-15-19

Worth it.

I was convinced by 95% of what I heard and found it to have been time well spent. I discovered new perspectives that I appreciate.

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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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  • Sarah
  • 02-06-19

Must read Quit Lit

Factual to the point and does exactly as the title suggests. If anyone is thinking about quitting alcohol for good or just taking a break, this is the book for you.

All the myths we are sold by the marketing companies and the ones we tell ourselves are shattered by this straightforward approach to what alcohol really is. Based on science and the lived experiences of any drinker, the book exposes the pointlessness of drinking alcohol.

A big thank you to William Porter.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-31-18

extremely informative and helpful

this book is jammed packed full of truths. anyone who thinks they might have a drinking problem needs to read this.