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This Naked Mind

Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life
Narrated by: Annie Grace
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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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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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The fact that i can relate to this book so much is really reassuring. To know other people are going through the same issues I have. This book has made me realise i was never in control.

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so very worth it

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

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Mind blowing book

Well worth the read no matter where you are up to in your drinking life.

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Thank You Annie Grace!

I'd actually quit alcohol (for good, in my mind) a month before reading after one-to-many hangovers/blackouts. I'd read Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker and his points on alcohol pointed out that just 2 drinks before sleeping literally ruins your sleep. I was telling myself "never again" but I wasn't sure exactly how I'd quit THIS TIME (my 4th attempt in 2 years) so I thought I'd stay on the right track with this book. It was exactly what I needed - she points to what I'd learned 99% myself - that you have to quit entirely or you will never be free.
Oh, the book is a little too sentimental and full of catch phrases, cheesy lines and anecdotes for some people! I'd have liked more statistics and hard science, but that doesn't take away from the book's key points.

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Not relatable for me

This book came with many recommendations but it was just not relatable to me. It is very American culture centric view which probably relates to many countries. I am sure it helped many but just not me.

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Unoriginal and irritating

I'm a middle-aged man and this book immediately grated with me with its over-exaggerated, every 4th-word emphasis style of presentation and near plagiarized content. This style of writing and delivery might be more relatable to the millennial generation and later but it irritates me to no end. I couldn't finish the book.
Also, as others have commented on Amazon and Goodreads, this is a regurgitation of the work of other very smart authors. She even uses exactly the same examples from other books (the pitcher plant from Alan Carr for example). I recommend you read some of those reviews first and perhaps find those books that she refers to and read them instead.

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awesome book

really helped me stop drinking
I have read it a few times now but honestly its one of the only things that gets me back on track

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Inspiring

Excellent book. Positive well researched and habit changing. Was read a little too quickly at times but you need to listen to it more than once anyway.

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Good science based information

Great book but does become a little bit preachy and is more of a “all or nothing” approach. Seems to focus on those with significant drinking problems. Good read though.

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  • Nik
  • 01-12-2019

if you have questions about yourself and alcohol

This was a great listen... well structured and presented by Annie herself.

I leant a huge amount and got answers to questions I didn't know I had. This turns the alcohol-business and social norms on its head, in a logical and fact based analysis. I didn't agree with all of Annie's points, and that leaves me further room to explore.

I would say if you are looking for a watershed book in terms of lifestyle, and you have ever questioned your drinking (big or tiny), this is a must read/listen.

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  • D Sencier
  • 18-11-2019

The BEST support you could possibly have!

We are a +3,000 strong alcohol support group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/OYNBPirates/ and we use this book as our main support tool. It's ideal for anyone new to cutting down or giving up on alcohol, which is a journey rather than a one-time event. We can't recommend this book highly enough, Annie Grace is the 'guru' when it comes to this subject!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-2019

Highly recommend it

If you are questioning your relationship with alcohol, this book is a must listen. There are so many truths in this book, it really opened my eyes. I now look at the world of alcohol with different eyes. Annie has given me the power to stop drinking alcohol without judgement of my friends and family that still do.

I also love a book that is narrated by the author and this book is well delivered.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-2019

Excellent

Excellent. I got exactly the information I needed to confirm that I have made the right decision to quit as well as continue. I feel like I have the tools to go forth FREE

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-08-2019

this has changed my whole life

there are no words yet but when I am ready I will. what freedom there is in this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-2019

Just what I needed

Great book to read after reading Alcohol lied to me. Just what I needed to hear. Easy to listen to, never a dull chapter. Now it's up to me to kill the alcohol monster. Thank you Annie.

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  • Ming
  • 21-06-2019

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Fantastic book. Has inspired me to give up alcohol. Annie’s description of alcohol and it’s effects on our bodies and minds resonates.

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  • Jason Jobling
  • 13-06-2019

very useful and worthwhile

I enjoyed listening and it helps provide a few tools to kick alcohol.

easy to listen to.

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  • Gozo
  • 19-05-2018

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
  • 16-01-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-10-2018

Unconscious conditioning

Annie just hits the nail on the head.
I have listened to this book whilst partaking in Sober October and am truly amazed by the influence this book has had on me. Annie really does change the way that you view alcohol to the point where you just don't want to drink anymore.

This book in conjunction with Alcohol Lied to me, Craig Beck; has changed my life. I'm so excited about the future and getting my life back.

Thank you Annie! X

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  • Sarah Rayner
  • 09-09-2018

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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  • Russ R
  • 26-08-2019

solid listen and did the trick 👍

A lot like Allen Carr's how to control alcohol, 14 days and dry. exactly what I wanted as you really don't control the stuff it just let's you think it does. sleep and mind 100% better.

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  • anon
  • 10-01-2020

This is basically a reworded version of Alan Carr’s book..

Wow well that was a shame...

I read Allan Carr’s Easy way first and then this, and it’s almost a complete copy, the analogies, metaphors, layout, even the process is exactly the same.

I can’t be the only one that’s noticed this right?

It reinforces what is highlighted in “The Easy Way” so in that respect it wasn’t a complete waste of money, but if I had paid full price I would’ve been particularly annoyed..

I guess as the saying goes, there is nothing new in this world just rehashed versions of old ideas..

Save your money, either buy this or Allen Carr’s, not both.... you choose

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-2019

THIS BOOK WORKS

I have wanted to give up alcohol for 30yrs and now i have without any mental struggle. I wish i did it earlier x

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-2019

This works

This book is incredible. For years I have been hooked on this toxin. (alcohol) started when I was 17 and drank every week till I was 20. Then almost every day. Now at 23 I am finally in control and can do anything I want knowing I am in charge. I can't thank this lady enough. I am a better person mentally and physically

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-2019

fantastic book for anyone

great rest. Annie lays out why we think alcohol is our friend and why it is not. furthermore, she provides a clear perspective on moving forward with an optimistic and positive approach.

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  • CautiousCarer
  • 27-06-2019

Makes you think....

...about why you drink. And then once you understand that, and how socially conditioned we are to drink, it makes you realise you don't WANT to drink. A game changer for me.

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