File Size: 917 KB
Print Length: 266 pages
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Publisher: ASPN Publications; 1 edition (October 12, 2015)
Publication Date: October 12, 2015
Sold by: Digital Services LLC
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Background: I’m a woman in my early 30s and I’ve considered myself a “problem drinker” for the better part of the past 10 years. My habit was 2-3 glasses of wine most evenings - more or less depending. My biggest downfall was that I was someone who on certain occasions couldn’t stop drinking once I started, which always lead to painful consequences.I was on a quest to improve my relationship with alcohol, be able to moderate, slow down, and make better choices; my ultimate goal was simply to feel in control around alcohol. This book changed my relationship with alcohol without any feelings of deprivation or suffering, nor the need for willpower or stressful exercises in self-control. I had previously read Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Drinking and some of the information stuck with me, but the language was a bit dated and the motivation to keep improving my relationship with alcohol was short lived.After finishing This Naked Mind, it felt as if any temptation to drink and the struggle to control cravings were wiped clean from my brain. For the first time in a decade I feel in control and empowered to effortlessly make informed conscious decisions about drinking, where before I consistently gave in to physical and psychological cravings to drink even when I didn’t actually want to give in. That’s the battle most of us face when we become regular drinkers, and This Naked Mind will help you win that battle. I am able to do everything I did as a drinker, including hanging out in bars with friends, without any of the anxiety that I used to experience struggling to moderate or resist temptation. Life is just more enjoyable now.Annie Grace offers a lot of personal accounts in her book which I found helpful and relatable.
30 + years ago I had my first experience with alcohol drinking Bud "Talls" in my friend's backyard during a sleepover. This marked a gradual descent into a completely mindless relationship with alcohol that lasted well into my adult life (actually truth be told as recent as 2 weeks ago (10/12). I had the typical college experience of binge drinking. Now married with 3 kids, this pattern continued but under a different context as a highly functioning alcoholic progressing professionally, being somewhat present as a Father & Husband now drinking consistently and on occasion heavily. My friends and work peers would not consider me a problem drinker as we all had the same consumption patterns and view toward booze as a stress reliever, a requirement for social events, ect. A practicing Catholic, I took the brave step one year of giving booze up for lent (40 days). I suffered tremendously with cravings and feelings of deprivation until I hit St. Patrick's day where I took my 1 day of "dispensation" and extended it indefinitely and then gave up - sliding back to the comfort of old patterns. The realization of the harm I was doing to myself and those around me ate me up from the inside out, but could not change the pattern with "will power" as demonstrated by my failed attempt at temporary abstinence mentioned above. A few ago weeks I was on my LinkedIn account where I saw Annie's post asking for feedback on 3 potential choices for a cover for her new book. The post caught my eye and I eventually found my way to her website thisnakedmind.com. I downloaded her book and "consumed it" (no pun intended) in a day and a half.
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