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Alcohol Explained is the definitive, ground-breaking guide to alcohol and alcoholism. It explains how alcohol affects human beings on a chemical, physiological, and psychological level, from those first drinks right up to chronic alcoholism. Alcoholism and problem drinking seems illogical to those on the outside; indeed, it is equally perplexing for the alcoholic or problem drinker. This audiobook provides a logical, easy-to-follow explanation of the phenomenon and detailed instructions on how to beat it. Despite being entirely scientific and factual in nature, the audiobook is presented in an accessible and easily understandable format.

For more information and to read the first five chapters for free, please visit www.alcoholexplained.com.

"This is an excellent book written by an inquisitive and educated author who during a period of his life suffered from alcoholism. The book explains in an easily understood language the various effects that alcohol has on our body. In my opinion the text would serve as a great handbook not only for those struggling with alcohol but also medical students as part of their education. I am sure some of my own patients troubled with alcoholism in recent years could have benefited from reading William’s book and I will be recommending it going forward." - Håvard Molvik, MD, MRCS, MSc, MRCGP

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A great tool and reference

I am a male in my early thirties that had made a habit of regular binge drinking alcohol for well over a decade. What once was an extremely fun and exciting past time in my youth became less and less so and this past New Years, after a forgettable heavy drinking night and horrendous hangover, I decided for the first time in my life to entertain the idea of quitting drinking.

After trying out a few other books on the subject I came across this one and found it to be the most to my liking. The author presents, in a matter-of-fact manner, alcohol's effects on various aspects of our physical and mental being. Although the point of the book is generally to show alcohol's negative impact it does not feel like he is nagging at you by bringing up countless personal stories but rather shining a light on some realities of what alcohol does to a person in the short and long term for different types of drinkers and how one can travel a path that leads to chronic alcoholism. The analogies were good and I found myself having more than a few moments where I said out loud "Ohhhhh!" in having answered a question about my previous behaviours.

I listened to this audio book on my nightly walks and have gone back to listen to chapters for reference. I am half a year free of alcohol and very pleased to be. This book was a big help and I highly recommend it.

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The BEST recovery book ever!

This book is really life changing. I have read many recovery books, including the Big Book of AA. The author really does explain alcohol use to a tee. He is not preachy nor is he condesending. He just tells things how it is. I loved this audiobook so much, I ordered a hard copy from Amazon.
The book is layed out in easy to follow chapters that aren't that lengthy. I loved the narration of the book as well.
I highly recommend this book.

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demystifying booze

made me rethink my ideas regarding the effects of alcohol....liked his matter of fact manner... however...he used the word however A LOT! made me chuckle a few times! will listen to it again for sure and share with others...this is not an uncommon challenge for many sadly.

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The common sense approach I needed

After drinking everyday for more than 10 years, I decided to stop and this book was a great help. If you're looking for an inspiring story - this is not it. This is a book about knowledge and common sense. Alcohol will make you depressed and tired, and in this state, the alcoholic brain will want to fix this with more alcohol. Even if this can seem basic for some, the author does a fantastic job of explaining why this is so important to not only know, but to fully understand. I'm now two weeks sober and life is pretty damn great. 🤘🧃

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Best "quit lit" resource out there.

if you are trying to quit drinking, you must read or listen go this audio book.

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This book is a game changer!

This is a remarkable book. Thank you William Porter for demystifying the "filthy mess" of alcohol addiction and offering a rational approach to stopping drinking. Porter breaks down step by step the effect alcohol has on our physical being and in our conscious and subconscious mind which eventually leads to addiction. The concept that alcoholism is a journey and that every person who drinks an alcoholic drink is somewhere along that road is revelatory. He debunks the "alcoholism as a disease" theory which never made sense to me. His main points are clearly explained and repeated, so by the end of the book we have learned how to stop if we so choose. And, as he says, once you have learned this, it cant be unlearned. Therefore you can't ignore the message and carry on with carefree alcoholic consumption. What a gift William Porter. Thank you for explaining alcohol to me and giving me the knowledge I needed to reclaim my life.

Nick Jermyn's narration is pleasant and believable and thus a fitting vehicle for the book.

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Wow! Very informative!

Need to listen to this again. Very well written! Like the idea of revisiting chapters that require clarification. I feel that I have gained knowledge and this will certainly be great tools to help keep me sober for the long run.

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Very inspiring

A thorough explanation of the effects of alcohol on the body. Seeing how bad alcohol is for the human body and understanding the subconscious reasons behind the desire to drink were huge motivators for me to completely rethink my relationship with alcohol.

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Fantastic

Loved the explanation and breakdown in simple and understandable terms. Truly shed light on alcohol and it's affect on the body and mind.

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Excellent job

Thanks so much. Totally explains in plain language! I learned more in this booked than about a dozen previous books!

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  • Adi Lamborn
  • 2018-03-01

Transformational

This book is so effective at making the reader/problem drinker understand that there is absolutely no benefit to drinking even moderately. I find it is a whole new level of effectiveness compared to AA.

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  • J. Harrington
  • 2018-07-06

An appropriate title

AE is a great book on the effects of alcohol and how those effects influence the human body and social spectrum. More importantly, William shines a light on how little we know about those effects, and how that ignorance has lead to a society where many people defend their ignorance in the name of fun.

I especially enjoyed the chapter on how the brain reacts to alcohol, after it's become used to it. Like the ability to remember the street you grew up on as a child, your brain carves similar pathways when it comes to alcohol. Only instead of the pathways being beneficial--knowing your way home--they become detrimental. If you're reading this and have become the type of person where the idea of drinking only 1 or 2 drinks for the night is unacceptable, this book will explain why. And in a way that's palatable.

If you've been a binge drinker or heavy drinker for years, and you want to stop, but don't like the woo woo mysticism of AA, this book can be a cannon in your arsenal. It explains well the effects of quitting drinking, and why even having one drink can lead to full blown relapse; often worse than before.

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  • GlassHalfFull
  • 2019-04-12

Life Changing

I found this book after completing Annie Grace’s excellent audiobook This Naked Life. I was watching Annie’s online video where she interviews William Porter about alcohol, his research regarding alcohol and addiction, and his personal experience with alcohol and addiction. I found him to be bright, well-spoken and relatable, so I searched out this book. If you are interested in understanding your own drinking or you are thinking of moderating or giving up alcohol altogether, this is an excellent resource. I went into my reading of Annie Grace’s book with a hope to figure out a better way to moderate my drinking but quickly had an epiphany that the real solution to my struggle to moderate was to stop drinking altogether. This is a decision that is shocking to everyone who knows me. I’m not some raging alcoholic, not even close, so people are confused. But they don’t know how hard I have been struggling for years to moderate my drinking. The goals I set, the internal negotiations I go through, the decisions I make about not keeping extra wine in the house or putting a lock on my liquor cabinet to keep me out of it — the effort, the energy the battle to stay a moderate social drinker has been exhausting. And despite my diligence, I overindulged at least once a week and would wake up hungover and full of self- loathing and regret. Finally, with the help of this book and Annie Grace’s books I understand what I need to do, it’s so clear to me, so obvious. I just have to stop. So I have. I am alcohol free and so happy about it! It’s like I’ve been released from an invisible jail that I didn’t even know I was in! Thank you William Porter for writing bb this book. You have literally changed my life!

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  • Pauline
  • 2018-03-29

Great education on how alcohol affects our body

Very informative book! I have learned so much and was frankly amazed at the extremely negative way that alcohol robs us of our health and so much more.
Thank you for taking the time to write this book! It certainly has made a positive impact on my life, it is a MUST read for ANYONE who drinks!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-30

Concerned about your alcohol intake?

If you’ve ever been concerned about how much you drink and what alcohol is doing to your mind, body and spirit, I encourage you to read (or listen to) this book! It certainly opened my eyes to what I have been doing to myself... I have only been 28 days alcohol free... but this book cements the idea that is the way I want to live from now on!
I will no doubt listen to this book several more times!

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  • Patti Severe-Wise
  • 2018-06-07

outstanding

excellent information and very informative. I believe anyone can benefit from this book and have their awareness vastly improved.

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  • Laura A Hatch
  • 2019-08-07

it helped me understand a lot better!

I read this book to get a better understanding of what my boyfriend, who is an alcoholic is going through. I thought I knew it all already, but I had a lot of aha moments reading this book. I wish the author dove into the depression side of alcoholism a little bit more and not just saying "to just seek the advice from a Dr," like every4one else does.

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  • M. Shane
  • 2018-04-21

Awesome

Awesome!! Absolutely awesome!! If you are looking for a way to stop drinking or simply want to understand how alcohol takes hold of the human body/brain please read.

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  • Liz Stacy
  • 2018-04-15

very helpful

Well read, highly recommend this book. excellent strategic ideas. easy to read and enjoyable.thumbs up.

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  • PJB
  • 2019-09-05

Excellent info

Excellent info. Walks you step by step the effects of alcohol on our bodies and then offers ideas of how to quit. A must read/listen if you’re considering quitting.

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  • M. Young
  • 2020-12-26

something everyone needs to know

This book gives you everything you need to know about drinking. I learned so much

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-02

I wish I had discovered it earlier...

it could have helped my grandma who has been an alcoholic for at least 50 years...
I must find out if it has been translated into other languages (French for instance).
thank you Mr Porter for sharing experience and knowledge on that matter!