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Millions of people worry that drinking is affecting their health, yet are unwilling to seek change because of the misery and stigma associated with alcoholism and recovery. They fear drinking less will be boring, difficult and involve deprivation, and significant lifestyle changes.

This Naked Mind offers a new solution. Packed with surprising insight into the reasons we drink, it will open your eyes to the startling role of alcohol in our culture. Annie Grace brilliantly weaves psychological, neurological, cultural, social and industry factors with her extraordinarily candid journey resulting in a must-listen for anyone who drinks.

This audiobook, without scare tactics, pain or rules, gives you freedom from alcohol. By addressing causes rather than symptoms it is a permanent solution rather than lifetime struggle. It removes the psychological dependence allowing you to easily drink less (or stop drinking). Annie's clarity, humour and unique ability to blend original research with riveting storytelling ensures you will thoroughly enjoy the process.

In a world defined by 'never enough', Annie takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of alcohol and specifically the connection between alcohol and pleasure. She dispels the cultural myth that alcohol is a vital part of life and demonstrates how regaining control over alcohol is not only essential to personal happiness and fulfilment but also to ending the heartache experienced by millions as a result of second-hand drinking.

Finally, with perfect clarity, this book opens the door to the life you have been waiting for.

©2018 Annie Grace LLC (P)2018 Penguin Random House Audio

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  • Gozo
  • 05-19-18

Changed me, didn't even know I needed to change.

I downloaded this, my first audible book, because it appeared on a feed on amazon, after I had drank to much yet again on a Friday night, I was bored of this and wanted to give me some tools to make better choices, well, I got better than that.
This book made so much sense I stopped drinking, the book made me questioned why I took this drug, so I stopped. It's like someone told me a something that I didn't know that made so much sense, and now I know I see it from a completely different angle, so why would I do that to me and take this drug that does nothing for me.
POWERFUL STUFF if you are the weekend drinking type, and bored of loosing the next day from tiredness, like me, hopefully this will help.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-16-18

Wow just wow

Felt like drinking was becoming a problem, friend recommended this book, cannot believe the impact it’s had, I’m now 9 days sober with no intention of drinking and this is coming from someone who drunk everyday.

Very powerful a must read if you believe alcohol is becoming a problem.

100% recommended a must read!

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  • Sarah Rayner
  • 09-09-18

Promotes ABSTENTION, not CONTROL!

Many have praised this book and with good reason. It’s well researched on the negative impact of drinking, both physically and mentally, so there is a lot about the book that is interesting and illuminating. It's also good at unpicking the failings of Alcoholics Anonymous, and I liked its positivity about living alcohol free.

Unfortunately for me it didn’t deliver as a whole. Firstly, I feel that the title is misleading; ‘control alcohol’ suggests it’s going to help a drinker to moderate intake, but in the end the author advocates giving alcohol up altogether. Because I came to the book as someone who drinks a bit too much but not way too much, hoping it might help reduce my intake from around 25 units a week to 14, I found this irksome. I didn't want to give up drinking and I still don't. Half way through This Naked Mind I realised I was reading a book where the content didn’t match the way it was pitched. Like Annie Grace, I am a writer and for many years worked in marketing, and whilst I can appreciate ‘control alcohol’ will appeal to a broader readership than a ‘give up alcohol’ message, I came away feeling I had been misled.

I also found it jarring that the author describes herself as ‘a moderate drinker’ but says she was drinking ‘two bottles of wine a night’ prior to stopping, which isn’t my definition of ‘moderate’ - far from it! Nor was I convinced that she is a hoot sober. Grace may well be great company and funny (she claims to be both), but here perhaps the book might have benefited from more ‘show’ and less ‘tell’ - as it stands the writing isn't witty. In particular there is no irony and as a Brit I longed for some.

Perhaps most crucially of all, I was not persuaded by the notion of ‘cognitive dissonance’ as a motivation for abstention. As I understand it, the argument is that we are mentally distraught because we know alcohol has many negative effects overall, yet we are still drawn to drinking because we are conditioned to do so. I don’t disagree that western society heavily promotes drink, and I agree that we drink because we believe it is going to relax us and make us feel sexy, witty etc. However for many individuals the relationship with alcohol (as with other drugs) is very complex; it’s frequently used to numb anxiety, depression, grief and so on, and giving up may leave us very exposed other fronts. Being 'naked' all the time mentally is not that easy. Grace touches on these motivations but only lightly, whereas in my experience key to overcoming dependence is tackling these issues too. I’ve lost a partner to alcohol - he could not overcome these demons - and I can’t see that the cognitive dissonance argument is one that would have helped him to stop.

Furthermore, whilst perhaps there is something I failed to grasp, I believe living with cognitive dissonance is part of life. Uncertainty, ambiguity and conflicting responses to people, circumstances, experiences - in fact just about everything - are inevitable - not everything can be ironed out to resolve any sense of incoherence or discomfort. Otherwise it strikes me that we end up with a very black and white world, where anything that doesn’t make sense cognitively is ‘wrong’. Accepting conflicting parts of ourselves seems healthier and more pragmatic; I accept I have conflicting feelings about alcohol, just as I accept that I have conflicting emotions about my mother, my desire for chocolate and pros and cons of driving a car. I even have conflicting feelings about this book - part of me wants to give it 4 stars, part of me 2, so I’ve ended up with a compromise and given it 3!

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  • Carl Bennett
  • 06-07-18

Awesome

Easy to listen to. Very informative and overall helped me to quit alcohol.
thank you

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  • Alastair J Bullock
  • 09-15-18

Effective

Strikingly effective method of teaching the reader to re examine their brains responses to drinking, and how to recalibrate the relationship they have with the substance. Similar approach to the Allen Carr method of giving up smoking (highly recommended also).

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  • Ms. E. J. Benson
  • 09-15-18

life changing

This book makes you look at the world differently. I highly recommend it to everyone

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  • KT
  • 09-12-18

A must read for everyone who drinks!

I ordered this audio book in an attempt to cut down on my alcohol intake as I was concerned about the short and long term health issues. The author, a relatively heavy former drinker, gives a really great insight into why not drinking is something you want (rather than feel you should) do. I read it 3 weeks ago and have barely had any alcohol since. I feel wonderful, have enjoyed social events without it and it's really opened my eyes to the negative feelings both physical and psychological that I feel after having even just one glass of wine. Best of all, not drinking apart from on specific occasions I had decided in advance, has been effortless! I would recommend it to anyone who drinks at all who wants a fresh perspective. Also buy the audio book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-25-18

refreshing and enlightening, Thankyou Annie

A book based of evidence and facts put across to the reader/listener in a non judgemental way.
This book will make you think, and think again!
I toyed with spending £8.49 on a book and after reading it am glad I did.
I have got so much from this book to take away with me and think about.
AA and it's approach didn't appeal to me, I was looking for another way, a way that ultimately achieves the same goal without stigma or labelling.
Annie shows us a different way and mindset towards alcohol and our conscious and unconscious thinking also backed up with statistical evidence and facts.
My journey begins today.
Thanks Annie

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  • A J Heath
  • 08-19-18

Changed my life!

This book has literally changed my thoughts and perspectives, it was the knowledge power I had been looking for to follow through with being completely sober. It also helped me realise that had a dependency in the first place as I was not really sure. One thing for sure from reading this, I have the confidence in my self to change and that mental process has already began and I feel 100% happier! Must read if you think you ought to be taking care of yourself better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-18-18

Great book

Not sure why but this book really does seem to work. Having it on audio is brilliant as I can listen on my commute. The book somehow breaks down the myths and romance of alcohol and really shows you what alcohol really is. For anyone looking to improve their health this is a great read. Recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-18

Delivers as promised

Annie has really helped to change my perception of alcohol. Annie is the reader which really helps to deliver the message as she is so passionate. I feel like I know her personally.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-28-18

so very worth it

so very thought provoking - I found what I was looking for and more - thanks Annie x

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-29-18

Amazing

I feel solid in my decision to lead a totally alcohol free life. Thank you so much

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  • Brett Kruger
  • 06-27-18

A must have for anyone considering quitting booze!

Gotta say I loved this book! Although I have been alcohol-free for over a year I am now driven to learn as much as I can about the topic and this book didn't disappoint. Annie's writing style really clicked with me from the first page. She is honest and raw at times which is truly wonderful yet delivers the knowledge required in spades! I cannot recommend this book more highly for anyone considering the idea of a life without alcohol. Well done Annie! BTW. It is a much, much better life without it. Who would have thought? :-)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-25-18

Amazing book! Loved it. Absolutely recommend!

I felt as if Annie Grace was speaking directly to me, about my life ...she has helped me realise that I can do this ...I am going to stop drinking alcohol ...and it feels great just thinking about it! Thank you Annie!!! 🤗

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-06-18

great book<br />

was really easy to listen to and take in. if listened to other books that are similar in the approach to quiting drinking but this book performs very well

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  • NAME_NOT_RETURNED
  • 05-05-18

Great help to lose your obsession with alcohol

This book is best listened to by those at a crisis point with the poison we socially accept as digestible...alcohol. Annie has a kind voice and you can relate to pretty much everything she talks about. If you're in this or bust, you may even not want to drink ever again. Love and best wishes to your new life, from Australia.

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  • christiane
  • 04-21-18

The wonderful Annie Grace

Highly reccomended for anyone who feels they have had enough alcohol and suspects there is another way. Annie is passionate, informed and reads her work so clearly and convincingly.
She also has a beautiful voice.
This is an intelligent work.