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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  337 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Do you count down the minutes to wine o’clock on a daily basis? Is a bottle of Pinot Grigio your friend at the end of a long hard day? If you want to give up being controlled and defined by alcohol then now is the time to join The Sober Revolution…

Fed up of living in a fog of hangovers, lethargy and guilt from too much wine? Have you tried to cut down without success?

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 26th 2013 by Accent Press (first published July 25th 2013)
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Hazel Cushion
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book literally changed my life. I wasn't an alcoholic but, like so many women, looked forward to wine o'clock almost every day. I'd tried to cut back but never really managed and I was worried about what I realised was becoming very unhealthy habit. This booked switched my mindset and I haven't had a drink since reading it. I feel happier, healthier, wealthier and am losing 2lbs a week without trying. If you are at all worried about your alcohol consumption then I can really recommend this ...more
Paul Clarkson
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars, plus the benefit beyond my doubts about self-help books for me. That’s my issue and I reckon it’s because I don’t respond well if I perceive I’m being told what’s good for me, even if it’s good for me.......

I’ve read a few books around sobriety over recent months, and I include in that Blake Bailey’s biography of the author of The Lost Weekend, Charles Jackson; that’s been a journey! Actually, that book is about the complexity that can drive alcohol dependency. In itself it is an exce
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Tara Brabazon
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a paradoxical book. I did enjoy reading it as the book denaturalized the relationship between sociality, women and alcohol. It also showed - through a series of case studies - the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption for women. To be frank, the stories - of bloodied vomit-stained clothes, unfortunate sexual encounters and personal chaos - were deeply disturbing.

This book is a strong counter to the often male-authored books celebrating the splendour of wine.

But the concerning par
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Kelly Furniss
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was actually gifted this book by the co author Sarah Turner herself.
My Aunt and I contacted Sarah after reading an article in our local paper all about the Harrogate Sanctuary and this book. My Mother had just died on Christmas Eve 2013 from an alcohol related illness and we wanted to donate the money from her funeral to a local linked cause and this article appeared at that very time and it seemed like it was meant to be!.
We contacted Sarah who invited us not to just clinically post a cheque
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Paula Dennan
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it
As the title suggests, The Sober Revolution looks at the relationship between women and alcohol. Through a series of case studies, the consequences of alcohol dependency and addiction in women are laid bare.

This is firmly aimed at women who want to give up alcohol, but it contains information that is useful it every woman. The book is not without its own issues. The tone is very much ‘women can’t have it all’ and self medicating with alcohol is inevitable. There are myriad of reasons women find
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John Glassey
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting read. Lately I have been interested about the phenomenon of over indulgence especially in career women. The perspectives from this book allowed for an insight into how wine is used as a panacea for the stresses modern life brings upon women (and of course the same can go for men). A little repetitive in points, and too many comparisons of addiction to bad relationships, but the point of the book still comes across well. One annoying aspect was the constant plugging of a w ...more
Magda
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It works. What else to say? :D
Alyson Edenborough
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the third book I have read on giving up alcohol, I gave up alcohol five months ago and thought it would be a good idea to read this subject every now and again as encouragement. I have to say I’m glad I didn’t pick this up first, I seriously doubt whether it could have inspired me to get sober. There are some very succinctly put truths within the book, but in general I’m afraid I found it a mess. The first part just seems to be written abstractly and randomly, I have personally found a f ...more
Leanne
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
There's a really important central message here that heavy drinking is holding us back, by wasting our time, lowering our moods, denting our confidence & sense of self, & by causing & exacerbating illnesses - all at the same time that advertising tells women we need wine & gin to live full, fun lives. As someone in a stressful job who sees normalised heavy drinking every day, my eyes were opened by the profiles of real people who've stopped drinking & by the details about different forms of alco ...more
Heather
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
This is the third book of this ilk that I’ve read now, and while it didn’t break any new ground, I found it sobering (pun intended) but hopeful. I know too many alcoholics (women, in particular), who, despite mounting health issues, continue along this very dangerous path, and it’s made me rethink my own relationship with alcohol. I don’t want to contribute to a culture that ruins people’s lives, and I worry that by drinking at all I’m doing just that. If nothing else, this will be a book that I ...more
Jennifer
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great perspective on how women are drinking more alcohol than ever, and how that is leading to a host of problems from killing our self esteem and ambition, to health problems, all the way down the line to being stuck in an awful cycle and descending into full blown alcoholism. It talks about sobriety not as a punishment or depriving yourself but as a positive lifestyle choice that is healthy and fulfilling.

New Year is leading me to cut back on alcohol and take a look at my own drinking habits,
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Cherie Cawdron
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sober, pd-self-help
Picked this up to read during my own journey to live alcohol free, but did not find it as practical as touted on the cover - perhaps the companion book, is more what I expected. While I could relate to some of the case studies in the last part of the book I did find the thread of calling the relationship with wine like that of an unsuitable boyfriend analogy a bit overused and repetitive. I commend the authors on telling their truth about their relationship with alcohol, but for me it was not as ...more
Chris
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an extremely helpful book. I made the decision to stop drinking in order to feel better, sleep better, and pursue creative projects that require a lot of energy. This book was full of great tips for getting past cravings and remembering why you want to stop in the first place. I highly recommend it for anyone who is looking to find a new life without alcohol.
christopher nicholson
Interesting enough book but I did feel at some points it was repeating itself quite a lot.

This book is aimed at women so I’m sure female readers may get a bit more out of it than I did.

There are better books out there on this subject and if I had paid full price for this book (rather than 99p) I’d be a bit disappointed.
Fee Bowles
Meh

Didn’t love this. Lucy’s ups and downs felt unrelatable and the stories very patronising “the depenent drinker did ... “. It all felt a bit pushy and evangelical to me.

Not much practical help.

Other books are much more useful esp Catherine Gray
Nik
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A quick & easy read, lots of useful facts & discussion here. I especially liked the last chapter about strong women! ...more
Tracey rodgers
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read.

Inspirational read and the stories are so close to home and the exact reason I chose to become af. 15 days in after a small blip.
Lara
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Fascinating, varied case-studies, and encouragement to sideline alcohol by two women who have themselves been at one time seduced by it.
Lexi
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-nutrition
Although I don't plan to quit drinking entirely, I'm going through a period of reexamining my relationship with alcohol and found this book very enlightening. In particular, it was good to hear the wide varieties of problems people have had and the ways they have been able to beat them. I also found the passages about alcohol keeping you emotionally immature or distant range very true. I will be re-reading this book in the future, I think.
Laura Collins
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
If you are new to sober lit, I would suggest checking out The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober before this. I like the fact it does challenge drinking culture but I don't think it would have given me enough tools in the beginning of sobriety. Now after 10 months of being sober, it seems easy but those first 100 days are hard!
Marian
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lots of good materials, a fresh outlook on reasons to give up drinking even if you're not physically dependant. I would have liked to see more stories from that kind of woman, though, rather than the nightmare stories of DUIs and hospital admissions.
Marie
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended.
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