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There are surprisingly few audio books available that deal exclusively with the topic of quitting alcohol. However, Mark Tuschel has written and narrated his views and experience on this sensitive subject in a potent way and effective way.
Refreshingly, he doesn't hold back and tells us exactly what he thinks about the challenges within oneself and, just as importantly, the social challenges with giving up drinking. Since alcohol is so pervasive in our society, the voices for abstinence are few. Tuschel's high volume narration of his book tries to make up for this and will help anyone who is in the process of taking a personal stand against this destructive drug.
He unashamedly criticizes twelve step programs and the idea that alcoholism is a disease in that both of these concepts tend to absolve one of personal responsibility. His narrative is directed at Joe Six Packs, without any psychobabble or New Age platitudes. He addresses the challenges of dealing with lost friendships, relationships and guilt over past drunken behavior that often arise when one gives up booze. He fully admits that life may not be as "exciting" living sober, but it can be happier and more meaningful.
I highly recommend this refreshingly direct and powerful approach to this topic and applaud Tuschel for his courage in sharing his personal experiences and views.
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I love Mark's honesty and humour. There is a lot to be gained about sobriety from listening to this book. The book also is not a twelve step book, in fact Mark doesn't like the twelve steps, which is a welcome change from most books on sobriety.