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World-renowned Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology David Nutt breaks down the science and effect of alcohol on our health, mood, sleep and productivity and how it travels through our bodies and brains and explains on a practical level how we can make changes to positively impact our relationship with it and understanding of it, thereby improving our quality of life for the long-term.  

He examines what the future holds for this normalised drug that governs our society and lives but is becoming increasingly unpopular due to its detrimental impact on our well-being. Drink? will do what Matthew Walker did for sleep, and Giulia Enders did for our Gut, and help us make informed choices, at the very least. David will illuminate our minds on this important and timely subject. 

  

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©2020 Professor David Nutt (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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What a fantastic book

Thank you David. This is the most comprehensive book on the harm that alcohol does to people and it’s all based on medical facts and not beliefs. I highly recommend this book to everyone that wants to live a longer and happier life.

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Enlightening

Really well written and read by the author. Informative and reliable well thought out information delivered in an interesting and palatable way! Whether you’re sober curious or keen to reinforce your sobriety this is a really good book to inform you on alcohol and alcohol use.

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Very informative

Very informative and well read I thought. You will learn something new I am sure.

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  • Laura Blackburn
  • 19-04-2020

Very Informative!

I recommend this book to any person that drinks or knows of anyone who drinks alcoholic beverages because it will help you make better drinking choices.

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  • Jeffrey D
  • 21-01-2020

A good overview of the effects of alcohol.

The author is the chief scientific officer of Alcarelle, a company trying to make a substitute for alcohol that has a similar drug effect on the brain but is not so dangerous. I am not sure what to think about this. This information is mentioned in the book. He does discuss in detail the benefits of alcohol, and he recommends the development of such drugs as Alcarelle. In the book under review, the (British) author served also as the narrator. A big mistake. Like many British narrators (please note, Audible), toward the end of a sentence his words often become barely audible and also mumbled. You might call this trailing off or fading away. I have no idea why this is the case, and it probably would not matter for normal face-to-face conversation, but for an audible book it is very difficult to deal with. You can't decrease the volume on the first part of the sentence, and increase it at the end. The only solution I can see is to tell the British narrators, and particularly Dr. Nutt, not to do it, and to try their best to keep in mind that they are not just talking to themselves.

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  • Poutchkov
  • 30-09-2020

Very informative and helpful!

It was very surprising to hear the facts about alcohol that never seem to be mentioned, and the studies that have been conducted about alcohol. For those who want to know more about alcohol for themselves, or maybe for a family member or a friend, I highly recommend giving this book a listen. Professor David Nutt was a pleasure to listen to, and laid out the facts in a very informative and pleasing way!

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  • AF
  • 18-02-2020

Incredibly interesting

I normally read and watch documentaries about several,aspects of alcohol and yet I found this book extremely helpful.

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  • omarjamal
  • 05-02-2020

Amazing book and a must

This is a must for everyone to read, very educational and very accurate. Easy to understand.

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  • Rebecca Gettleman
  • 05-02-2020

Dangerously bad perspective

This is a book about how to drink, and about British political policy. The author’s ego is the biggest ‘message’ and the science is skimmed over. I hoped it would be that book that finally cleared up the science about prior research, and what we finally now know to be true about what alcohol consumption does to human bodies. Instead he teaches parents how to put passed out teenagers into recovery position! And has bullet point advice we are to give our kids so they know drinking can kill. None of which any teenager can reasonable listen to with a straight face. I get the book means well, but really, it avoids the depth and profundity of alcohol’s dangers to both drinkers and their loved ones, and the pain associated for all. There is not a single chapter about people in denial of their problem, rather it speaks to those already capable of questioning their own consumption habits! What could be an important book falls woefully short of any real experience.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-01-2020

Awesome facts, a little hard to hear at times.

As a bartender, I think everyone who drinks should consider reading this book! It is a great way to learn to about the consequences of drinking: the good and bad. Also, it is great to know all these facts to share while bartending. Thank you Professor Nut! One thing: it was hard to hear at times. The narrator would start a point clearly, and finish off in a whisper. I think I missed out on a lot of conclusions because of this.

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  • Jeanette Jones
  • 19-01-2020

Helpful if you want to control your drinking

This book makes you think about what alcohol is and what it does. I now look at a bottle of wine in a different way.

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  • Stephen D.
  • 11-02-2020

Makes you think

I had decided to stop drinking 6 months ago so this book was more of a confirmation to me that it was the right decision. Its been illuminating how ingrained into our lives alcohol is and perhaps the harder bit is how you navigate an alcohol free life which this book only touches upon. I find Professor Nutt's research into all areas of drugs fascinating and I hope this book lends some weight to tackling the health problems we face with alcohol. Highly recommended.

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  • 24-01-2020

very very interesting and eye opening

This book brings you the cold hard facts about what drinking does to you. It isn't patronising or shaming but just exceptionally informative and clear. If you want to cut down then definitely listen to this, having these facts will surely make you think twice about your habits.

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  • William
  • 14-04-2020

Politics trumps science - again

This book was written out of a sense of public duty, to inform about what alcohol is, how it affects us physically, psychologically, socially. It is a message from someone whom Government has tasked to address the problems alcohol poses to us individually and collectively, and whose scientific findings were then dismissed as unwelcome. It is another example of short-sighted politicians deciding that we have heard quite enough from experts. As such it is definitely worth reading. However much of the book reads like a public information brochure. No question about the quality and integrity of the data, with chapters addressing the whole range of people who are at greater or lesser risk. No-one who drinks alcohol is in the risk-free category, as there is always a downside to consumption. The most interesting chapters are the first - How Drinking Affects your Body and Brain - looking at the level of neuronal responses, and the last one - Is there a Solution to the Booze Crisis? - looking at what would constitute best practice based on the experiences of different countries. The tone is not preachy or didactic, but is simply the reflection of a highly qualified scientist presenting his findings. I would suggest spending time on those 2 chapters and selecting what is of personal interest in the middle chapters rather than necessarily reading from start to finish.

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  • Robert Bentley-Taylor
  • 28-02-2020

interesting theory, and good advice..

wise advice on what's suitable and unsuitable when it comes to drinking.well read, and makes you think twice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-02-2020

It's not about abolishment

Important information imparted without judgement or reprimand that we really might as well know. Not preachy, highlighting positives as well as dangers, offering solutions and hope.

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  • Emma
  • 16-02-2020

Very interesting

Really makes you realise how much alcohol effects you. But doesn’t lecture you to not drink but helps you to find a healthy relationship with alcohol and to make healthier choices . It just gives you the information so you can decided what relationship you would like with alcohol.

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  • Andrew
  • 22-01-2020

A fascinating wake up call

A sobering account of the true facts around alcohol. A must read for anyone who likes a drink.

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  • John Nash
  • 29-10-2020

Informative but poorly read

The content of the book I found very interesting but sadly the narration was very poor.

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  • J
  • 13-10-2020

Accessible and interesting

I really enjoyed listening to this, Professor Nutt is easy to listen to and I especially liked the balanced way this book is put together.

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