Many people question whether drinking has become too big a part of their lives, and worry that it may even be affecting their health. But, they resist change because they fear losing the pleasure and stress-relief associated with alcohol, and assume giving it up will involve deprivation and misery.
This Naked Mind offers a new, positive solution. Here, Annie Grace clearly presents the psychological and neurological components of alcohol use based on the latest science, and reveals the cultural, social, and industry factors that support alcohol dependence in all of us. Packed with surprising insight into the reasons we drink, this book will open your eyes to the startling role of alcohol in our culture, and how the stigma of alcoholism and recovery keeps people from getting the help they need. With Annie’s own extraordinary and candid personal story at its heart, this book is a must-read for anyone who drinks.
This Naked Mind will give you freedom from alcohol. It removes the psychological dependence so that you will not crave alcohol, allowing you to easily drink less (or stop drinking). With clarity, humor, and a unique blend of science and storytelling, This Naked Mind will open the door to the life you have been waiting for.
“You have given me my live back.” —Katy F., Albuquerque, New Mexico
“This is an inspiring and groundbreaking must-read. I am forever inspired and changed.” —Kate S., Los Angeles, California
“The most selfless and amazing book that I have ever read.” —Bernie M., Dublin, Ireland
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3:33 a.m. I wake up at the same time every night. I briefly wonder if that is supposed to mean something. Probably not, probably just a coincidence. I know what’s coming, and I brace myself. The usual thoughts begin to surface. I try to piece the previous evening togeth- er, attempting to count my drinks. I count five glasses of wine, and then the memories grow fuzzy. I know I had a few more, but I’ve now lost count. I wonder how anyone can drink so much. I know I can’t go on like this. I start to worry about my health, beginning the well- trodden road of fear and recrimination: What were you thinking? Don’t you care about anything? Anyone? How will it feel if you end up with cancer? It will serve you right. What about the kids? Can’t you stop for the kids? Or Brian? They love you. There’s no good rea- son why, but they do. Why are you so weak? So stupid? If I can just make myself see the horror of how far I’ve fallen, maybe I can regain control. Next come the vows, my promises to myself to do things differently tomorrow. To fix this. Promises I never keep.
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Table of Contents
1 This Naked Mind: How and Why It Works 5
2 The Drinker or the Drink? Part 1: The Drinker 21
3 The Drinker or the Drink? Part 2: The Drink 32
4 Liminal Point: Is Drinking a Habit? 39
5 You: Simply Naked 43
6 Liminal Point: Are We Really Drinking for the Taste? 51
7 You: Polluted 57
8 Liminal Point: Is Alcohol Liquid Courage? 70
9 Oh S#*%! We're Stuck 77
10 Liminal Point: Drinking Helps Me Loosen Up and Have Better Sex 90
11 A Quest for Sobriety 96
12 Liminal Point: I Drink to Relieve Stress and Anxiety 105
13 The Mystery of Spontaneous Sobriety 113
14 Liminal Point: I Enjoy Drinking: It Makes Me Happy 121
15 Defining Addiction: Part I 129
16 Liminal Point: Is Alcohol Vital to Social Life? 142
17 Defining Addiction: Part II 148
18 Liminal Point: It's Cultural. I Need to Drink to Fit In. 156
19 The Descent: Why Some Descend Faster than Others 163
20 Living a Naked Life in Our Society 172
21 This Naked Mind 189
22 The Secret to Happily and Easily Drinking Less 203
23 The Journey: "Relapse" 222
24 Pay It Forward 226