Alcohol is a drug that has achieved the ultimate illusion. It has managed to convince the western world that it isn’t a drug at all, but rather a harmless social pleasantry. A product that does none of the things that the marketing promises that it does and yet remains unchallenged for such false advertising.
A beverage that kills over 63,000 people a year and yet still remains legal in virtually every country around the world. Craig Beck is known as the Stop Drinking Expert because he helps people to see the truth about alcohol, hidden behind the smoke and mirrors of the marketing and our own self-created social conditioning.
His book Alcohol Lied to Me has topped best seller charts for many years and has been translated into several different languages."Alcohol is the ultimate wolf in sheep’s clothing, a deeply insidious and dangerous drug packaged into pretty bottles and marketed as a fun, social pleasantry by the drinks manufacturers. The western world is conditioned from birth to believe that good times and alcohol go hand in hand. In reality consuming this drug is like playing a very dangerous game of Buckaroo, the longer you keep playing the more chance you have the mule will kick and destroy your world." (Craig Beck)
In The Alcohol Illusion Craig gives away the secrets of the magician and helps you see how the drug traps you and keeps you locked in a never ending loop. Once you see how the trick is done…escape is only a matter of time. If you are worried about your drinking this audiobook can change your life!
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I would recommend it to a friend with a severe drinking problem. I got it because I really like Craig Beck and his approach to things. I am a social drinker and I was totally open to stopping drinking if it was as bad as he said it was. However, every story was about someone with a huge problem, a life that was falling apart, health that was failing. That's not me. I sort of hoped it would address occasional drinkers like me. It did not. On the other hand, if someone's life was falling apart (and if they were able to listen to logic), this would be a great book.
No. I don't have a lot of friends who drink like the people in this book. Or they do but I am not aware of it.
He is quite emphatic about his beliefs. He clearly believes what he is talking about. He is an enthusiastic speaker. I felt like some of the stories and metaphors were a little on the cheesy side, but I see where he was going. I wish he had re-written one or two of his analogies.
I would not. It's a little preachy and, as I said before, it didn't convince me that I should quit drinking the occasional glass of wine here and there. I'm addicted to other things. Too much alcohol just gives me a headache and makes me go to sleep, so I rarely overdo it on the drinking. A completely movie of this would get tiring.
I like Craig Beck a LOT. I've listened to his other books and enjoyed them, and I thought that this would be interesting. It was, but I didn't enjoy it. I was ready for it to be over. It got just a little repetitive towards the end. Probably good for someone who is drowning him or herself in alcohol every night.
- A. Baker "Andy Baker"
Alcohol Lied To Me, Again, and Again, and Again
No. In its own right, this book is incredible. If it weren't a near-exact clone of Alcohol Lied To Me, I wouldn't have knocked off two stars from my rating.
Craig's enthusiasm. His simple yet powerful message was delivered flawlessly.
Yes. I anticipate The Alcohol Illusion: The Movie.
Craig Beck's method of quitting drinking is extremely similar to Alan Carr's version of quitting smoking; see the addiction for what it really is, and let go of the willpower. It's a direct contrast to AA and religion-based recovery programs, and that's why I love it.
The main problem with The Alcohol Illusion is that it's practically the exact same book as Alcohol Lied To Me. There was nothing new in here, and most of his memorable catchphrases seemed to be directly borrowed from Alcohol Lied To Me ("an attractively packaged poison!"). Essentially, I paid twice for the same book.
A secondary, minor problem is that although subjects like 'The Kick' could be easily backed up with scientific evidence and explained in greater detail (especially the interplay of neurotransmitters being chalked up to a 'chemical reaction'), he tends to oversimplify the concepts for the wide audience that may come to find this book. However, his delivery makes up in enthusiasm where it falls short on data, and that's what makes his message brilliant.
I don't think I would have enjoyed the book, but I loved the audiobook. It's worth the second purchase.
- Ray Zalinsky "I make car parts for the American working man, because that's what I am, and that's who I care about."