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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 dr
Kindle Edition, 271 pages
Published October 12th 2015 by ASPN Publications
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Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, audio

I thought This Naked Mind was a pretty decent book and I enjoyed the information in it on how addicting alcohol becomes and how prevalent it is in society.
Annie Grace goes into how society and marketing has made alcohol into a substance that we have to have in our lives.
She also talks about how addicting alcohol is and that most of us have no problem drinking poison.

Look at weddings, sports events, New Years Eve to just going to happy hour with friends. Alcohol is always present.
What abo
Stephen G.
Mar 07, 2016 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
Michael Nowacki
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are thinking of quitting alcohol, this book will provide you with greater conviction to help you stay on the right path. I never considered myself an alcoholic because I never got a DUI and didn't get really drunk. Plus, the word makes you sound like a drug addict who can't control himself. But I drank a bottle of wine (sometimes more) every night for a few years. It cost a lot of money and I put on a lot of weight. I tried quitting a few times, but it was hard because I still liked it!

Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book for critical thinkers. Grace is obviously a marketer and not a writer (though her prose is better than your typical business book authors). Although it appears to be marketed as something different from our standard AA treatment world, and even seems to be marketed as a way to cut back without quitting, in reality this is one long, repetitive AA meeting. The author claims the repetition will counteract the many years of alcohol marketing we've received over the course of our l ...more
Sally Boyer
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I had high hopes for this read, but was somewhat let down. To preface, I didn’t see myself as having a problem with alcohol, however, since I did enjoy it regularly, I wanted to read this book as a way to become more aware of my relationship to the drug. Reading this did bring some awareness to my drinking habits, and ultimately changed my attitude towards alcohol, but I’m not sure I’d recommend it. Still, in part thanks to this book,
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many have praised this book and with good reason. It’s well researched on the negative impact of drinking, both physically and mentally, so there is a lot about the book that is interesting and illuminating. It's also good at unpicking the failings of Alcoholics Anonymous, and I liked its positivity about living alcohol free.

Unfortunately for me it didn’t deliver as a whole. Firstly, I feel that the title is misleading; ‘control alcohol’ suggests it’s going to help a drinker to moderate intake,
Alicia Walker
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this at the advice of Georgia Hardstark. She is the Regina George of Murder Podcasts. So, I read it. #itwasawesome

Anyway....holy moley!! My mind was blown!! 🤯😍 It was a really good book and I am amazed at the facts and science behind alcohol and it’s effect on the human body.

Things I already knew? Yes, mostly. But, something about the way it was explained really resonated with me. Especially the lab results. 😳

I love my evening beer. Sometimes wine. Some times I don’t have it, some time
Aug 24, 2016 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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Sandy  Kemp
Dec 04, 2015 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. ...more
Nadya De Angelis
May 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is not even an original book, just a rewrite of Allen Carr's "Easyway To Stop Something and Something Else". Some personal anecdotes are added, and oh god they are so boring. The author seems to be under some sort of illusion that if she tells us that alcohol is bad, really really bad (no doubt about that), we shall all stop drinking it. This is not the case.

Don't waste your time.
Kristen Rudd
Aug 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, non-fiction
A Facebook friend recently completely a 30-day alcohol free challenge and mentioned this book. It sounded interesting, so I checked it out from the library.

This could have been half to a third of its actual length and not lost anything. The author warns you up front that she would be repetitive, and she was. Unfortunately, it didn't seem to serve her thesis very well—in fact, it had the opposite effect, as the repetition made me wonder when she would get around to her thesis. I found it preachy,
May 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Another study links 11% of all breast cancer cases to alcohol."-p. 68. The source for this statement is here: which only states that a meta analysis of several studies links alcohol consumption with an 11% increase of breast cancer RISK.
I do not have time to go through over 200 sources to check their accuracy but am very concerned at how wrong that one is. Alcohol is definitely linked to a higher risk of breast cancer, but is NOT directly responsible fo
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2019, health
There are some bold claims in this book—heck, the title itself is pretty bold, but I like the author’s radically different approach to overcoming alcohol addiction. It took me a while to realize what she was doing, but the more I read, the more I realized the point of the whole book is to get the unconscious mind on the same page with the conscious mind about alcohol.
One of the book’s main points is that people have trouble stopping or even recognizing their drinking has become a problem becaus
Elizabeth Black
I feel like this can be a good resource for people struggling with alcohol, but am concerned about her sweeping statements and declarations. One problem I have is that she assumes everyone drinks for the same reason, which is simply not the case. And promising throughout the book that everyone's addiction will be healed by the time they finish it is just unrealistic. But on the plus side, she does offer some unique perspectives and food for thought. I would recommend this book with astericks ...more
Susie A. Gertz
Jan 16, 2016 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.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, reviewed, self
We all know that alcohol is bad for your health and the leading cause of harm in most societies. This book explores the issue, showing that alcohol is an issue for every drinker not just for alcoholics, and suggests that life would be much better without drinking the sense-numbing liquid that we have created a bunch of myths around.

It's written in such a way that you get the benefits of this thinking (meaning, the changes to your unconsciousness in how you think about the effects of alcohol - so
Allison Burnett
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I’d say my once-per-month drink is not an issue but I’ve heard this book recommended several times and wanted to find out why for myself. At the very least, I can say it made me very aware of the odd blind acceptance of alcohol in our culture. When we imagine alcoholics, we picture it happening to “them”. The drunk homeless man on the street. Nothing proves this to me more than the fact that I can spend an entire shift caring for a EtOH withdrawal patient, and at the end have someone ...more
Kanwar Anand
Aug 22, 2016 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... ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I recently listened to the audiobook on Annie Grace’s ‘This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol: find freedom, discover happiness and change your life.’ For reasons I almost don’t need to explain, on starting the book I did not add it to my currently reading list on Goodreads. This is despite the fact that I ALWAYS add whatever book I’m reading to Goodreads, even if it’s embarrassing. I’ve added self help books aplenty this year, and although I’ve felt a little awkward admitting to reading them, I alway ...more
Roberto Lora
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
This book has helped change the course of my life. I was not a heavy drinker (one glass of wine per night, bit more on the weekends), just someone who wanted to cut down.

I went into the book not wanting to give up, but by the end.. I did and (lucky for me) my supportive girlfriend did so to. I joined the community (which has been fascinating to be part of) and have been over 2 months without drinking. I don't feel I am missing out and have gained so much.

I am so glad I read this book, its not an
Lisa Redmond
Feb 15, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of one sided arguments and skewed facts, like this example: "More people die of alcohol related conditions than those dying as a result of their heroin addiction." Of course! Because only a fraction of society takes heroin. I constantly argued with the author in my head and I felt like I needed a drink just to calm myself down reading it. It clearly did not achieve the desired effect. ...more
Jul 17, 2016 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 ☺️
Michelle Curie
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book was never written for me. I don't care much about alcohol, it's not that I despise or even avoid it, it's just never been an integral part of my life. I read this book after hearing it mentioned on Pete Holmes podcast "You Made it Weird" and out of sheer curiosity only. And still, I felt like I learned something.

Alcohol is difficult. We don't question that drugs like meth or heroin are bad for us, we'd never have anyone do a line of coke in front of our children for example. Alcohol on
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definitely helpful in reaffirming and strengthening much of what I've already come to know about alcohol. But the author's statements are not always fully accurate, in my opinion: like her assertion at one point that people who drink are not truly enjoying it at all. That initial buzz of euphoria after the first few sips, even when drinking alone with no other stimuli, is undeniable. I also was not on board with her comments about how you can and should feel smug knowing things about alcohol the ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've ever woke up at 2:30 in the morning questioning your alcohol choices, this may be the book for you. Very similar to Allan Carr's "Easyway to stop drinking", and she quotes Carr often. Actually, I'd say the bulk is pretty much his core content. However, Grace is a much better and more interesting writer than Carr was. And, having read both of them, I really enjoyed the updated cognitive science aspect of Grace's book. I completely disagree with the reviewer who said this book "wasn't fo ...more
Christianna Loza
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
During my dry January I’ve been listening to this book. I mean I thought I wasn’t enjoying it and that there was no way I’d ever stop drinking. But now I’m finding myself questioning drinks. The way I view booze has definitely shifted in a good direction.
Katie Dillon
Feb 06, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-finishing
Yeah I just couldn't finish this. But I have a lot to say.

I want to start this review off with 3 caveats:

I don’t really drink very much. But alcoholism has affected a lot of people I love.
I don’t disagree with many of the points in this novel: alcohol is bad for you, advertisements/Hollywood glamorize it, etc. I think a lot of people can benefit from either quitting alcohol or being mindful about when they choose to drink (mood, quantity etc). If this book helped you get sober or helped you liv
Jan 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author ends the book by admitting that she has been lying the entire time. I get that she did it for rhetorical reasons but that's still a really bad foundation for a book. The book started off very well by saying that what people need is facts, not judgment. What follows is a horrendously judgmental and unoriginal book. There's not a single new idea in the book, everything she presents is already known to anyone who has spent a little time researching alcohol with Google. The author also as ...more
Eve Dangerfield
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Very interesting. I found the idea of reprogramming the unconscious mind really compelling. That and the fact alcohol is a carcinogen, which I didn't know and seems insane I didn't know.
I wanted to give this book five stars but I have a huge problem with the way Annie Grace framed alcohol as it affects college rape incidents. I found her comments tantamount to saying 'those boys regret what they did! They didn't want to rape before the nasty alcohol got there. See how horrible alcohol is?'
To w
Laura Collins
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant! I am now 52 days alcohol free so read it when I was sober. Would be interested in how it helped people who wish to stop drinking. Like Jason Vale, this advocates a complete abstinence approach and once you start thinking about 'moderation', you can understand why. I've tried to moderate over many years and it's never worked. All that happened was that I drank more and more. Annie Grace is very relatable too plus she was a heavy drinker so knows what she is talking about. I ...more
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