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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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Not helpful for me

I was pretty disappointed with this book tbh. The author seemed to constantly ramble on about how bad alcohol is, almost as if trying to convince herself. Some things she stated as more or less facts (“people almost always drink more as they get older”), just didn’t ring true from my experience. Most people I know in their thirties and forties drink a lot less now than they did in their twenties. Another issue I had was how she played down the enjoyment you get from alcohol. No it doesn’t make you happy, but it does give you pleasure. There’s no way around that, it can harm your health and cause myriad other problems but it IS pleasurable. Anyway, I didn’t like this book but you could possibly get some benefit out of it, so maybe give it a shot. Hey

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Good intentions but turns to scaremongering gibberish

The author starts off with really good intentions and describes a lot of psychological issues with alcohol which, while not new, makes sense. I did feel empowered to start off but then it seemed like she ran out of ideas. There was quite a bit of Showmanship with her life about how great she was with the great husband in a great job doing the great expensive things and how hilarious things get without the poison. It just got too much. A few real examples how as a mere mortal she stuffed up and the consequences would have gone far better. When she described to a friend that she would not ask her to drink motor oil in moderation, so why get her to drink the evil poison etc etc that is alcohol, I just had to stop listening. Alan Carr’s book on smoking was excellent, but he tried the same trick with drinking and it had the same affect as this book, way too much. Nice try but, excuse the pun, no cigar!!

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Empowering

There are a zillion untested & unconscious controls in deeply rooted in our heads regarding alcohol and it’s tentacles. This book systematically investigates all of those aspects and in turn empowers the listener / reader to make choices or changes. Providing unbiased transparency. It made so much sense to me, and allowed me to separate from the intoxicated cultural wave. A very powerful book, presented, simply, honestly and with empathy.

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worked for me!

Alcohol had a huge grip on me, with the help of this book I'm sober

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This book works

My desire to drink has been removed it’s been over six weeks and I’m loving life.

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I always knew alcohol was ruining my life, now I understand why.

It’s taken me 3 weeks to process and now I realise this book has completely changed my thought pattern around alcohol use. For me it has worked and I now feel free of constant thoughts about when to drink, when not to drink.

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Genuinely life changing

I was planning on just doing dry July and trying to drink a little less in general and that seemed daunting enough. But after listening to this, July is over and I don't see any reason for me to start drinking again, hopefully ever. It makes me happy thinking about it, rather than being a terrifying prospect.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-05-2019

Thank you Annie

loved it going to listen to it again so I don't miss anything .Really enjoyed it and feel it will really help me. Thank you Annie x

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