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The Good Drinker: How I Learned to Love Drinking Less

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And for full disclosure, Club Soda founder Laura has also written two pages to the book on her thoughts on alcohol-free cocktails. When I’ve not been drinking at some points I’ve had friends say ‘Oh, let me know when you’re drinking again, and then we can go out’ – as if somehow not drinking alcohol precludes having a night out? Over his career he has fronted ITV's football coverage, co-presented Daybreak, launched multiple BBC show including The One Show , and presented several documentaries and documentary series. A matching drinks flight to a taster menu in a lovely restaurant is one of life’s fabulous luxuries. thinking that on a day on holiday with wine starting at lunchtime, pushing through the afternoon with a beer in the sunshine, cocktails before dinner, and yet more wine with dinner – it probably wasn’t dissimilar units wise.

His book takes a Jungian psychology approach to addictions and drinking, with five universal archetypes as the thread through his take on the topic. but as he was born with a facial abnormality he has been homeschooled by his parents his whole life. Whether this is a good or bad thing is beside the point; the reality is that this is what my life looks like, and this is what I must work with. An extraordinary debut novella by Max Porter, loosely about a family dealing with the immediate period of grief following their mother’s death.Whenever I needed a break from a conversation, I’d say I was off to get a drink, but there are only so many soft drinks you can be bothered with, so I’d wander off in the direction of the bar without getting a drink. Chiles is honest enough to say this won't be for everyone, my experience is that it's easier to abstain than moderate. These poetic prescriptions and wise words of advice offer comfort, delight and inspiration for all; a space for reflection, and that precious realization - I'm not the only one who feels like this. He details his experiences in cutting down, to comic and insightful effect, and skilfully but never preachingly, offers suggestions for others, too. There are loads of books about quitting the booze completely – but not many about just cutting down and not being a ‘heavy’ drinker.

Honest, funny and full of strategies on how to moderate your drinking, Chiles is genuinely passionate about his pints and the need to enjoy them without ever coming across as preachy - a fine line many have failed to tread .It’s a really good mix of being informative, factual – but not preachy – and most definitely not ‘it’s my way or the highway’. Ever since he was a teenager, drinking was his idea of a good time – and not just his, but seemingly the whole nation’s. However, he also points out that a lot of people who drink a lot are put off by the thought of total abstinence – and therefore don’t bother looking at their drinking levels at all, because moderate drinking isn’t often deemed an option.

There’s no silver bullet in the book - just a series of sensible measures we can all take to start the process of becoming a Good Drinker. As it turned out, I had a really good time, but it became startlingly clear how reliant I was on alcohol.I heard Adrian talking about this book on the Parenting Hell podcast (coincidentally, as a parent of teenagers, it was a bloody brilliant episode – and had me in floods of tears when talking about the fact you pack your child off to Uni telling them ‘it’s going to be the best time of your life’ – and actually it can be really tough, especially at the start, being dumped in a random place with random people and expected to make friends for life and have an amazing time. To me, and it’s just my personal opinion, he gave a list of excuses as to why he could have a drink, rather then addressing the issues as to why he shouldn’t have one.

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