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Carr offers a startling new view of why we drink and how we can escape the addiction. Step by step, with devastating clarity and simplicity, he applies the Easyway™ method, dispelling all the illusions that surround the subject of drinking and that can make it almost impossible to imagine a life without alcohol. Only when we step away from all these supposed pleasures and ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published December 25th 2005 by Sterling
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Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Knew I had quit the days before picking it up, now I am an ex-alcoholic. Freedom at last.
Derek Smith
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
I first came across this book on Amazon when I was looking for books to assist a relative to give up alcohol. It had rave reviews. And few detractors. Well I am afraid I am one. The book is very repetitious and rambling. It has shouting words and phrases in capital letters which made me feel he was bonking me on the head with a mallet. And so preachy a style; everyone it seems is wrong except the author. Quite a few times Allen Carr says you don't need willpower to give up alcohol - but never de ...more
Mattheus Guttenberg
Allen Carr's Easyway is a fundamentally different approach to recovery than conventional substance recovery programs. As opposed to most other methods, Carr's program works without the use of willpower (hence, Easyway). Developed in his first book, Easy Way to Stop Smoking, Carr's approach helps people quit their addictions by getting them to challenge their assumptions of benefit. The method is simple: realize the ugly truth about the nature of your problem and deliberately undo your conditioni ...more
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yes fellow goodreads people, I was a heavy drinker. Surprisingly helpful. I’ll be sure to see if this works.
Austin  Hill
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t drank in over two and a half. Didn’t have a major negative event but just came across it on amazon one day. I’ve never done AA, or anything like it besides reading this book. It is an objective look at alcohol that has stuck with me. Worth a read to anyone on the fence, or that has woken up hungover a few too many times. I’ve never regretted not drinking.
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
A lot more compelling than I expected. It was obvious from the start that I wasn't the target audience, so I can't say how well the method works for someone trying to quit alcohol (at times I didn't feel like I would have been convinced), but the Amazon testimonials had me intrigued.

Carr's writing style is very didactic, but his method is straightforward and he seems to me to take a much more reasonable approach to addiction and substance abuse than most. Though I don't know much about AA, it h
Jun 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Well, we will see, I suppose.

Years ago, I read the Easy Way to Stop Smoking and, magically, it worked. Immediately and absolutely. Haven't had a cigarette since.

So I figured... Why not?

It took me a lot longer to read this one as I didn't really want to finish it - guess I thought on some level that it was working.

The problem is, I just didn't find it as convincing as the smoking book. Maybe that problem is me as, apparently, I am a very different drinker than Mr. Carr was.

Still, there were defin
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Repetitive, basic, and not written very well. Probably won't help someone in need but who knows, his book on smoking is pretty highly regarded and this is essentially the same thing, only for drinking. It's heart is in the right place, but it's a pass. ...more
Aug 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Very Buddhist
Brendan Egan
Yeah, I drink too much and read self-help books. Don't judge me. ...more
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love these books. Read Carr's "Quit Smoking" as well.

These books break down addiction based on the brainwashing aspects behind them. It's a look at how you undergo drug addiction, booze or nicotine or whatever, based on bullshit. In under 300 pages he breaks all that garbage up, and showcases how underneath all of them lie the same two things: a lie, and plain drug addiction.

Phenomenal books, highly recommended.
Ross Sheddon
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Dry January here we come 💪
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am very impressed with the easyway method. It has been very helpful to me this year when I made a resolution to quit drinking and smoking. I would suggest the most important thing is to have an open mind when reading this book. If you truly want to improve your life and health follow the instructions and it will be easy.
Nancy Dardarian
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I started reading this book after I had already stopped drinking, having decided to take a break for a month. Now, after reading it I'm not sure I'll start back up again. The book was a bit of an odd read but it makes a lot of sense and sure helped me cement my position... he also wrote a stop smoking book that gets excellent reviews. ...more
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
The content was excellent but sometimes the writing style bugged me. The questions, the all caps, etc. could get to be a bit much. That being said, loads of really good, thought-provoking information. And a whole new perspective on drinking & how/why to stop.
Chuck Denison
Aug 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book I have ever read on drinking. Do not let the name make you think it is not an important book. It is a life changer.
Deana Young
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-improvement
Great book to help people who want to stop drinking.
Dan Lurie
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Could definitely have been half the length and equally persuasive. Glad I read it. We'll see if it works for me. ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is not particularly well written, but I did not read it for its literary prose. However, it is extraordinarily helpful.
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
This book is repetitive, illogical and is aimed at a very specific audience: people like Allen Carr.
I see now on Goodreads that there is an Easyway to stop drinking for women, maybe I should have read that instead.
Carr makes a lot of statements in a "ofcourse that is ridiculous" way, when the thing he describes is not ridiculous at all and also he is not an expert in (like medical procedures around pregnancy and birth for example).
What also really annoyed me was his recurring argument that if on
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Boredom, habit, stress, fun, pain. There are many reasons people drink and that should be kept in mind when reading. How many boxes can you tick? If you've enjoyed a drink for long enough, probably all of them.

This book states that drinking alchohol causes all of your problems. One drink of anything.
It states that you don't need willpower to quit drinking, or rather that you shouldn't use it because it has an elastic-band effect and you end up going back harder than before. The book will remind
Roni Laukkarinen
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book! Every drinker is an alcoholic. There is no "moderate" or "normal" alcohol use just like there is no "normal" or "moderate" heroin use. Allen Carr brings out the mind-blowing points about alcohol. It is so normalized hard drug in our society that we even do not consider it as a drug. Alcohol has no benefits and causes only harm to us physically, mentally and socially be it small or large amounts. Been 3 weeks without alcohol and pretty sure won't go back to drinking. This book opene ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this more out of curiosity than a desire to find a way to stop drinking and now I find myself with a significantly reduced desire to drink. It mindfully reframes the way we view alcohol and hammers home the ill effects of drinking to the point that if you do have the desire to quit and follow the instructions laid out then you'll find the desire to drink either diminished or evaporated. At least, that's what I took away from it. So if you are looking to quit, and you've tried other ways a ...more
Mar 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was referenced in Holly Whitaker's Quit like a Woman so I picked it up. Carr's fundamentally different approach to quitting alcohol is sublime and liberating. Of course, it's repetitive and pragmatic. Carr's method aims to undo years of brainwashing and has proven to be very successful.

I can't help but wonder if Carr's Easyway approach could have saved my mom's life. She died 28 years ago today from alcohol addiction related causes.

Alcohol is an insidious drug, an adroit killer.
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
have read a number of books about recovery and this is the best! Carr writes with self-disclosure, a sense of humor and, most importantly, clarity. His basic theory is that we have basically all been duped into associating alcohol consumption with being "adult". He then breaks down all the myths that accompany the faulty premise and it really was illuminating. Will never look at alcohol the same way. ...more
Michael Castile
Apr 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
I found this book a drag. Too long and drawn out. Not clear, nor concise. I could only manage to read the first few pages, before I felt like having a drink out of frustration. It was like wading through a very dense forest, and not getting anywhere.
Their are many other books, on this subject, that are way more helpful.
Brian Merryman
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very good book. Reframing alcohol as a poison essentially. I agree with most of his points and generally see alcohol as a scourge for me personally. It's highly addictive nature snuck up on me. I am implementing his strategies now. It has also inspired me to find similar books, like The Naked Mind ...more
Saunoa I
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This works for me!

Quitting drinking alcohol without will power was key for me. I've tried to quit/cut back drinking many times before but always felt deprived of good times. This book helps you change your mindset to realize you aren't missing out and are gaining health, money and are no longer in a trap. Thank you!
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
I don’t feel I’m the correct audience but shouldn’t anyone be? I agree with everyone that it’s rambling and too long for what’s actually there. If you have done a lot of other research; spiritual work, have a high level of self awareness or are perhaps a woman & feel this book will be a boring, painful and not particularly helpful. If done if those apply, knock yourself out.
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Allen Carr was an author of books about quitting smoking and other psychological dependencies including alcohol addiction. He quit smoking after 33 years as a hundred-a-day chain smoker.

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