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Reviewed in Australia on 28 January 2019
I found this book very similar to Jason Vale's book 'Kick the Drink Easily'. Both strongly advocate total abstinence from alcohol, even if you have to get to the last chapter to find that out. The essential pitch of both books can be summarised as 'I can drink anything anytime I want...I just don't want to'. It is not about moderating your drinking or as some now say in the field 'adjusted substance use'. Like other books written in this style, it describe many of alcohol's negative features in an effort to recondition your thinking so that you don't like alcohol anymore. I suppose that approach is not so uncommon in the 'free yourself from alcohol' trade more broadly, and if it works for people that's great. Grace includes more 'neuro scientific' information in her book I think than Vale. But there is also research out more recently that disputes some of this modelling too about addiction and I would suggest people need to read widely on the topic before accepting any 'evidence' presented etc. if they are interested in critical interpretation. I would class it as a 'motivational' text that draws on a lot of what has already been written about advocacy for total abstinence from alcohol if you feel you have a drinking problem. As someone who has read widely in this field, It really didn't offer me anything new in that regard.