This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life

This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life

by Annie Grace
This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life

This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life

by Annie Grace


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A groundbreaking and inspiring book that challenges our relationship with alcohol by exploring the psychological factors behind alcohol use and the cultural influences that contribute to dependency.
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 and Annie’s own extraordinary and candid personal story, This Naked Mind 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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525537236
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 16,003
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Annie Grace has had a unique life from the very beginning. She grew up in a one-room cabin without running water or electricity in the mountains of Colorado and then, at age 26, became the youngest vice president in a multinational corporation. Success, however, led to excessive drinking and the possibility that she might lose everything. Annie recognized her problem but chose to approach it in an entirely new way. Annie's program has been featured in Forbes, the New York Daily News, and the Chicago Tribune. Annie is successful, happy, and alcohol-free and lives with her husband and three children in the Colorado mountains.

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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

Preface xvii

Introduction 1

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

Endnotes 233

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