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Sober Is My New Drunk

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  271 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Paul Carr gave up booze with the same verve and originality that he brought to his life as a drunk.

For one thing, he didn’t go to Alcoholics Anonymous, an organization that, he writes, “breeds an ‘it’s not my fault’ mentality that refuses to accept that anyone can ever truly be cured of the ‘disease’ of alcoholism.”

Instead, Carr quit in the most non-anonymous way imaginabl
Kindle Edition, 42 pages
Published March 9th 2012 by Byliner
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Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
If Carr had called this book "Sober is THE New Drunk," I'd feel that the slams against it as "irresponsible" were more justified. But he didn't. He called it "Sober is MY New Drunk." Thus, this is a memoir, not a self-help book.

Granted, he *does* have 12 steps here, and he is clearly offering advice as well as memoir, but as the reader is under zero obligation to pay any attention to his advice whatsoever, charges of his "irresponsibility" seem misplaced, to say the least.

Carr does offer criti
Trixie Fontaine
An arrogant make-money-quick kind of white dude "book".

I quit drinking without AA, and tell you what they're about (even though I don't know what they're about) and tell you what I came up with on my own (sometimes a more accurate version of what AA says, but it sounds different when I say it because I misquoted them right before I told you my version, as in the case of making amends which he confuses with apologizing) . . . and then people give me lots of money to start up something else I thin
Dec 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Why is this a book? I was intrigued but it reads more like a magazine article. It is too short to add anything interesting to the topic because it is one person's perspective and he doesn't go in deeply enough to understand the reasons for and the process of his amazing transformation. It left me wanting more. ...more
Benjamin O'connor
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Looking for a unique personal account of alcoholism recovery that isn't the usual establishment dogma? Good book. Married to the idea of AA/12 steps and don't want your assumptions challenged or not interested in hearing how something different worked for someone else? You'll hate this book. I loved it. Paul Carr can be an abrasive asshole at times, but he writes from the heart, humorous at times, always real. ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I like his honesty and it gave me a different view of alcoholism. He made himself accountable by going public
I love his humor and no nonsense style
Good reading not preachy.
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
A brutally honest look at getting sober your own way.
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Bit too short to be useful.
Meredith Walker
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
A unique personal account of alcoholism recovery, which represents a good balance of information and humour.
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, memoir
I wasn't too impressed with this little memoir/self-help short. I found it more an exercise in self-aggrandizement by the author. While it's certainly nice for him that he didn't seem to struggle with his new-found sobriety, it gives very little for the reader to connect with, and instead we're left with a string of anecdotes which simply reinforce an impression of Carr as more popular/talented/lucky than the average person. Even his recollections of experiences with alcohol are presented as 'cr ...more
Renee' Irvin
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I bought this book because I have had experiences in my family where I felt I needed more insight into this disease.The book I found to be informative,insightful and humorous at times. Above all,I found it to be an honest account and it supplied me with useful information. Thanks Paul!
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Interesting and amazing that somebody with an addiction like this had the guts to work through it.
Damian Konopka
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: addiction
Emotionally enlightening as I continue my life's clean-up attempts. ...more
Mar 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Paul Carr being Paul Carr. You've probably read it before if you follow him at all, but it's a quick engaging read nonetheless. ...more
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