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

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Millions of people worry that drinking is affecting their health, yet are unwilling to seek change because of the misery and stigma associated with alcoholism and recovery. They fear drinking less will be boring, involving deprivation, difficulty and significant lifestyle changes.

This Naked Mind offers a new solution. Packed with surprising insight into the reasons we dri
Kindle Edition, 271 pages
Published October 12th 2015 by ASPN Publications
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Stephen G.
Mar 07, 2016 Stephen G. rated it it was amazing
This is probably the most important book I've ever read. I was highly skeptical of the book's claims, as it flew in the face of everything I thought I knew about addiction. The simple act of reading the book and thinking critically transforms you and the problem with alcohol you have had. I went out the night I finished the book, to bars and stared at walls full of booze, shot girls going around passing out free liquor, and for the first time in my life, I felt absolutely nothing. No desire at a ...more
Sep 09, 2016 Kat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am not ashamed to post that I read and loved this book. It truly enlightened me about what I have suspected all along, but have been afraid to admit: Alcohol is not my friend. And it's not yours either.

Did you know that if a woman drinks just 3 alcoholic drinks per week she is 15% more likely to get breast cancer? Or that on the weekend, 1 out of every 10 drivers on the road is drunk?

As someone who has been drinking regularly (if not heavily) since high school, finally deciding to examine th
Aug 24, 2016 Roger rated it it was amazing
"These marketers know that the most effective sale is an emotional sale, one that plays on your deepest fears, your ultimate concerns. Alcohol advertisements sell an end to loneliness, claiming that drinking provides friendship and romance. They appeal to your need for freedom by saying drinking will make you unique, brave, bold, or courageous. They promise fulfillment, satisfaction, and happiness. All these messages speak to your conscious and unconscious minds."

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Susie A. Gertz
Jan 16, 2016 Susie A. Gertz rated it it was amazing
Inspired! Not pushy! Presents facts and opinions and let's you decide. Helps you think about alcohol in a new way and then discusses possible concerns you may have. I loved it !!! Great insight.

Inspired! Not pushy! Presents facts and opinions and let's you decide. Helps you think about alcohol in a new way and then discusses possible concerns you may have. I loved it !!! Great insight.
May 04, 2016 Valentina rated it it was amazing
The reviews are right. This book is life-changing. If you or a loved one is suffering, or if you think they are suffering (they may not know, as you'll soon find in the book), please, please, please just take the time to flip through Annie Grace's masterpiece.

Even if alcohol is not a "problem drug" in the life of you or your loved ones, this book is a fascinating eye-opener into how we, as a society, treat alcohol differently from drugs despite its statistically-proven disastrous effects. It rea
Maddison Nixon
Jul 17, 2016 Maddison Nixon rated it it was amazing
This book totally changed the way I relate to alcohol; I no longer have any urges to drink, & it helped me to feel more alive again. Thank you Annie ☺ ...more
Sandy  Kemp
Dec 04, 2015 Sandy Kemp rated it it was ok
Alan Carr's How To Control Alcohol was a much better book. The author actually uses his concept of a pitcher plant and quotes him extensively. There were also a few statements in the book that are not scientifically accurate, for example the idea of stress causing ulcers. It is well proven that ulcers are caused by h. Pylori infection and treated with antibiotics. Made me skeptical of the whole book's level of research.
Jan 15, 2016 Jolene rated it really liked it
I liked how the author dispelled common thinking and misconceptions about alcohol. She reveals fascinating facts and research no one really knows about or listens to. Plus she exposes the powerful marketing and cultural conditioning we buy into when it comes to alcohol. This is an interesting, worthwhile read regardless of where you are on the drinking spectrum, i.e you don't drink, you drink but silently worry about your drinking or you've tried to stop and start again.
Aug 22, 2016 Kanwar rated it it was amazing
This has broken the shackles. It has given me perspective. I am not a lost cause and I can help "not drinking" and still live a peaceful mind. I am a severe alcoholic and this book seems to have lifted 16 kilos of weight from my shoulders. Time will tell but the process has started...
interesting that I finished this book whilst on holiday with the family... well in the car on the way back home. I'm not sure that my unconscious has been "reconditioned" but currently on day 2 of no alcohol so we'll see how it goes.
Mar 04, 2017 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: after-college
This is THE BOOK to read if you're ready to challenge all you know about alcohol. Be it thinking it brings you joy, or thinking you should cut back or quit, or you know someone that drinks too much. Definitely read this book. The author addresses the difference between our conscious and unconscious thoughts, provides concrete evidence and backs up her words with sources in the endnotes. She's not just spewing an opinion here, people! It has completely changed the way I view alcohol and I feel as ...more
Jan 14, 2017 Kurt rated it really liked it
The science and social analysis was very interesting. The parts about cognitive dissonance struck home as I had consciously given up alcohol for a year previously but subconsciously got pulled in by fond memories and began drinking again with many next day regrets when I know I could have had just as much fun and not felt terrible the next day. Author assumes a far more degraded state than I would consider myself but after getting past that, the clear logical breakdown reinforces what I think ma ...more
Diana Ubilla
This is one of the best book I have read about alcohol use and great for anyone who is wants to explore their relationship with alcohol on a deeper level or is just interested in this topic. The book was written mostly for people who are questioning their personal relationship with alcohol with the goal of 'teaching' your unconscious brain facts about alcohol that will help you to drink less or not drink anymore. I came away with many things from this book. Maybe the biggest was a true shift in ...more
Jan 01, 2017 Sandy rated it really liked it
I suspect I would have given this book 5 stars if I hadn't already read "The Easy Way to Stop Drinking" by Allen Carr. Grace borrows from it *a lot*. The Carr book was one of the most personally influential books I've ever read. Still, this one is good, too, and includes references to various studies that didn't exist back in 2003 when Carr wrote his book.

tl'dr: alcohol is bad for you, mmkay? It would be great if our society stopped using the expression "drugs and alcohol", as if alcohol is not
Nancy Dardarian
Oct 12, 2016 Nancy Dardarian rated it really liked it
I read Allen Carr's The Easy Way to Stop Drinking a couple of years ago and found it a very dated but excellent book that shows you how alcohol is not your friend and gives you the tools to stop drinking. I was never a heavy drinker but I hated that fuzzy feeling in the morning and had been thinking about quitting, so after reading his book, I did. Easily. Over the next couple of years I mostly didn't drink but then started to drink a bit, mainly a glass of wine or two a week and I've been ok wi ...more
Jan 07, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing
Very eye opening!

This was a great read with excellent information. There were some areas where it was very repetitive; but I believe it was done for a reason to drive the point home. I would recommend this book to anyone who drinks. No matter how much or how little. We could all benefit from this information.
Nov 25, 2015 Marian rated it really liked it
So close to 5 stars, and would be if the reference materials were stronger. Too many references are YouTube and holistic websites (which, themselves, are very lazy on primary resources).

Overall, though, a really excellent breakdown of alcohol reality versus cultural beliefs.
Jub Akins
Aug 27, 2016 Jub Akins rated it it was amazing
Life changing

Succinct and effective, grounded in biology and science. Deceptively easy read; however tenets are retained and, at least in my case, changed my life!
Rosemary Fernandes-walker
Nov 27, 2016 Rosemary Fernandes-walker rated it it was amazing
So much of what Annie says is true. Amazing that I haven't seen it that way in the past. Things happen when you're ready for them.
Aric Budden
Apr 02, 2016 Aric Budden rated it it was amazing
Amazingly Effective!

This book actually worked for me. Changed the way I think about drinking and that changed my life. I highly recommend.
Nina Haller
Mar 03, 2016 Nina Haller rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. Speaks to your underlying beliefs about alcohol so they will be consistent with your
conscious desires whether to control or stop your drinking.
May 05, 2017 Lauren rated it it was amazing
This book is beyond phenomenal. I won't go into my own personal story about my relationship with alcohol but I would say if the thought has crossed your mind that you might want to stop drinking or reduce it, READ THIS BOOK!

As soon as I was done, I felt like a different person. I stopped drinking for anything but special occasions and I am in the process of re-reading the book again because I think I may want to just stop altogether. I just don't feel like I need it anymore. I seriously don't k
Jul 26, 2017 Ianol rated it really liked it
This is a very good book at giving insight as how poisonous and harmful drink is. While there are obvious harms that are evident to us, drink is far more harmful than we think. Annie Grace does a great job highlighting many studies to illustrate these points. This book waas really interesting, only gripe I have about this book is the repetition. Yes, it is designed to be read chapter by chapter, but still the repetition even in a single chapter alone really bugged me in the last half of the book ...more
Jenny Martin
Jul 23, 2017 Jenny Martin rated it it was amazing
I quit drinking last year but, though it's written for someone who is still drinking who wants to control or quit drinking, I found it very interesting. It breaks down all of the subconscious beliefs we have developed (as a society and individuals) about drinking and provides the truth (spoiler alert: it's a toxin and it's NOT the key to fun/relaxation/etc.) and, since they are so powerful as a driver to continue drinking, it could be THE key for someone who is still drinking to let go of alcoho ...more
Justin Hill
Jul 14, 2017 Justin Hill rated it liked it
Shelves: gave-up
I was interested in this book because it applies some of John Sarno's TMS concepts to addiction. I found the first few chapters intriguing but eventually lost interest and haven't been back. I think there's a lot of potential here but I didn't love the author's particular approach,
Sandy Murphy
Jul 05, 2017 Sandy Murphy rated it really liked it

I highly recommend this book for anyone who struggles with alcohol. Like most self help books, it is somewhat repetitive, but the information is helpful and important.
Dec 25, 2016 E rated it it was amazing
Been toying with the idea of no longer drinking? Afraid that you won't have any fun or be able to relax without it? (insert all other fears of quitting drinking). This book will change your mindset around drinking to the point where even before you finish it, you will be ready to free yourself from the one drink you have a month, or the daily drinking and weekend binges (and potentially much heavier levels of drinking).

This book isn't about shame or blame or genetics or personality problems... T
Feb 28, 2017 Nikki rated it it was amazing
I'm re-reading this for second time in a row (taking notes this time).

Love, love, LOVE this book. Could not put it down. I half-assed quit drinking & luckily made it for about a week before I picked up this book. If I hadn't came along to this, I wouldn't be where I am today. Comparing myself to the last time I quit, I remember it being an everyday mind struggle. After the perspective this book gives you, that mental struggle is gone. I now actually enjoy myself rather than hate being around
Tim R.
Dec 27, 2016 Tim R. rated it it was amazing
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Jeff Anthony
Dec 18, 2016 Jeff Anthony rated it really liked it
I thought this was a good book, although the syntax would throw me for a loop at times and I would have to re-read paragraphs, sometimes more than twice to fully grasp what was being said.

I had one problem and that was I found 2 claims that were factually incorrect. Every major claim was footnoted which was nice because I found another book I want to read through this, however a claim that Target knows when you are pregnant before you do is factually incorrect. The footnoted article even says so
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