The Good Drinker: How I Learned to Love Drinking Less

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The Good Drinker: How I Learned to Love Drinking Less

The Good Drinker: How I Learned to Love Drinking Less

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As it turned out, I had a really good time, but it became startlingly clear how reliant I was on alcohol. Sitting alongside his propensity to admit his ignorance is an attractive willingness to listen to anyone, of any age or social station, who might tell him something meaningful .

It wasn’t so much the social interactions I struggled with; the laughing and chatting were no problem. I rarely vomit from alcohol consumption (and last time I did, I’m sure there was something wrong with the coffee beans in the espresso martinis, it wasn’t the volume of booze! If drinking is a part of all your friends’ lives, it’s a real challenge to stop drinking completely . I always assumed that my friendship group, which was 98% made up of drinkers, merely reflected society, but that’s nonsense. This bleak statement is especially true for many pop and rock stars, who find themselves catapulted from fame into obscurity virtually overnight, given the unforgiving vagaries of the music industry.

The Good Drinker also has the stories of other moderate drinkers, interviews with experts, and practical tips and strategies for cutting down. Adrian Chiles has consumed absolutely eye watering, Churchillian quantities of alcohol throughout his life. These questions lie at the heart of Stitches, Anne Lamott's follow-up to her New York Times-bestselling work, Help, Thanks, Wow. Over the last few years he has cut down significantly though, as he tells in the personal chapters of the book which cover his whole drinking life, from his first teenage beers to today. The popular broadcaster and columnist sets out to discover the unsung pleasures of drinking in moderation.

These poetic prescriptions and wise words of advice offer comfort, delight and inspiration for all; a space for reflection, and that precious realization - I'm not the only one who feels like this. This is a positive for book for all of us who drink too much, know it and want to to do something about it. Over his career he has fronted ITV's football coverage, co-presented Daybreak, launched multiple BBC show including The One Show , and presented several documentaries and documentary series. There is plenty of talk of boozing sessions over the years, but this is balanced by reflections on how much of this was actually enjoyable or necessary. And for full disclosure, Club Soda founder Laura has also written two pages to the book on her thoughts on alcohol-free cocktails.Adrian is honest and transparent about his own alcohol journey, and the challenge in cutting down, whilst still enjoying a drink. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Just as everyone’s got a different idea of what constitutes moderate drinking, there’s plenty of disagreement as to what heavy drinking looks like. The long subtitle of this book is All Occasion Guide to Alcohol-Free, Zero-Proof, No-Regrets, Sober-Curious Lifestyle.

In this book, she explores how we find meaning and peace in these loud and frantic times; where we start again after personal and public devastation; how we recapture wholeness after loss; and how we locate our true identities in this frazzled age. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. As a radio presenter Adrian currently hosts Question Time Extra Time and Chiles on Friday, both on 5live. And sober living is weaved into the text throughout; though it is not the only topic, everything supports it. I just stood in there for a couple of minutes, having a bit of a break, marvelling at how alcohol had somehow taken charge of the whole rhythm of my being.One line particularly stuck with me: ‘If you’re feeling thirsty, it’s almost too late: your body is already dehydrated. How can we reconnect to one another and to what's sustaining, when evil and catastrophe seem inescapable?

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