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Alcohol Explained  

Genre: Science

Amazon Review: “bought this book as I am trying to quit alcohol after many years. I could not put it down, until I finished it. William Porter’s book is excellent at explaining alcohol in a way that you can really understand. I am currently trying to go alcohol free and this book has helped me a great deal. Excellent book would recommend it to anyone who is trying to quit alcohol. Well done William Porter.” 

 

Addiction Recovery: A Family’s Journey 

Genre: Science

Amazon Review: “This is one of the most useful resources for families who have a loved one suffering from a Substance Use Disorder I’ve ever found. In my addiction counseling practice I work with both individuals and families and “prescribe” this book to every family who comes to me seeking support. There is wonderful practical information as well as thought-provoking exercises designed to guide loved ones through the dizzying world of addiction, treatment, and recovery, with an important focus on the family’s own recovery and wellness. 

 

Families and Addiction: How to Stop the Chaos and Restore Family Balance

Genre: Science

Amazon Review: “I have really appreciated this book so far. It has been very helpful in understanding how to speak honestly with an addicted family member and how and why to obtain crucial support for oneself in managing ones own boundaries and needs. I have recommended the book to many family members.” 

 

Addict in the House: A No-Nonsense Family Guide Through Addiction and Recovery 

Genre: Science

Publishers Weekly: “This is a straightforward, rich resource for anyone who lives with, and loves, an addict.”

 

 

Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions  

Genre: Science

Amazon Review: “This is the most helpful book I’ve read on addiction. The message is clear, non-judgemental, and encouraging. There is something here for everyone – whether you’re an addict or not. How do you cope with the trivialities of life? Do you want to better understand yourself and others? This is a great place to start, and probably to return to too.” 

 

Dan Brown: Inferno

Genre: Fiction

DRiNKLiNKERS Review: “It’s difficult to think of anything else once you start reading Dan Brown’s creations. I was absolutely mesmerised by this book and loved that there are so many in the collection to allow me to keep the enjoyment going.”

 

Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A story  

Genre: Fiction

DRiNKLiNKERS Review: “Read on recommendation, this book really made me recognise that you don’t have to live your life in the same way that everyone else does. This really stimulated me to look at the choices I made in life and whether they were mines or someone else’s.”

 

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream  

Genre: Fiction

DRiNKLiNKERS Review: “I finally read this book after being recommended it countless times. Although the end wasn’t so much to my liking, the 80% I read before really changed my life and my perspective on what I wanted to get out of it.”

 

Me Before You

Genre: Fiction

DRiNKLiNKERS Review: “A great escape. A great read that reminds you how precious and short life can be”

 

Five Give Up the Booze (Enid Blyton for Grown Ups)

Genre: Fiction

DRiNKLiNKERS Review: “Enid Blyton was my favourite author as a child. Her stories were my escape. Not much makes me laugh out loud but this did! Also made me reflect on mine and others drinking habits.”

The Bartender’s Guide to Mocktails: Create On-Trend, Non-alcoholic Drinks with Attitude

Genre: Mocktail Inspiration

Amazon Review: “Fab little book, bought as a birthday present for a pregnant relative who loves cocktails. Beautiful illustrations and trendy-looking drinks that can be made fairly easily by anyone who already makes cocktails at home, using common mixers blended with bitters and juices. The non-alcoholic Pimms and Pink Fizz recipes are likely to be a big hit (and I think I’ll even try them myself!)”

Dry: Non-Alcoholic Cocktails, Cordials and Clever Concoctions

Genre: Mocktail Inspiration

Amazon Review: “Excellent ideas for “grown up” non alcoholic drinks.”

Sober Not Boring

Genre: Self Help

Amazon Review: “Sober not boring is quite simply an inspirational and outstanding book. It is written in a way that is easy to read and understand without losing the important messages that it contains. April Green writes with passion and compassion using her own personal experiences throughout which I found resonated with me on many levels. It is certainly NOT one of the myriad of books that just recycles the same poor purely academic advice in a different package. This book provided me with loads of new strategies and techniques that are grounded in the real world.”

101 Things to do when you’re not drinking

Genre: Self Help

Amazon Review: “Many of us would like to cut out the booze, a bit, or a lot, or completely. And what you find is that you have made a present to yourself of quite a bit of extra time. Many of the tips in “101 things…” are amusing, it is true, but not many of them are simply jokes. To describe this as ‘humour’ is to understate its importance. Get up early and watch the sunrise? Write a story involving four objects (depicted on the page)? Why ever not? And walking meditation is very much my thing (if I can find somewhere to do it in crowded suburbia!).”

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Genre: Self Help

DRiNKLiNKERS review: “I have struggled with depression for years. I saw the title of this book and as a very polite individual, the title sang to my frustrations. A great book that really helped me take control of my life and to stop giving too much of a f*ck.” 

30 Day Sobriety Solution

Genre: Self Help

DRiNKLiNKERS Review: “When taking part in the No Alcohol April challenge for DRiNKLiNK, I turned to this book with a view to see alcoholism from a different direction. After reading this book, my relationship with alcohol changed and I discovered so much about myself. This wasn’t simply a case of reading a book. This ended up being a very unexpected journey.”

Mindful Drinking

Genre: Self Help

Amazon Review: “A brilliantly straightforward and realistic approach to cutting down sensibly. I’m never going to be teetotal but Dean has smart, practical tips which are a real help to keeping pointless drinking in check. Want to buy a copy for everyone I know!”

Pick of the month

The chimp paradox The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness

Genre: Self Help

DRiNKLiNKERS Review: “Living with an alcoholic filled me with a lot of gremlins and beliefs that I realised were preventing me from living my life to the full. This book really helped me to understand why I was thinking the way that I did and to take action against negative thoughts. This book changed my life – albeit the process was gradual.”

Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway: How to Turn Your Fear and Indecision into Confidence and Action

Genre: Self Help

Amazon Review: “Quite simply, one of the best books on ‘self help’ you can buy, and I’m trying not to exaggerate. If you have ever felt dependent on someone else for your happiness – a hole in your life by their loss, in death or through walking away – have wondered why you feel a certain negative way, don’t understand how some people are more ‘whole’ in their life than you are in yours, how people are more confident than others, how people get more done than others, how people are intrinsically more joyful than others despite their condition – and I reckon I’m appealing to a lot of people…you need to read this book. This explores and teaches in a highly practical way, the truths of life and of motivation, of how to use yourself to your own advantage and how by changing your mindset you can change your entire world and make it precisely how you want. This needs to be read by all.”

Message in the Bottle: Finding Hope and Peace Amidst the Chaos of Living with an Alcoholic

Genre: Self Help

Amazon Review: “The Message in the Bottle is a book that will change lives. It is a story of challenge, but more importantly, a story of healing. Stephanie McAuliffe shares her experience and evolution in this very human journey of overcoming a family’s legacy of alcoholism. She is a truth-teller with heart and shares her story with vulnerability and wisdom, turning the challenge into an opportunity to expand and step more fully into her purpose. This is a must-read for anyone impacted by alcoholism and addiction.”

I Thought it Was Just Me (But it Isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy and Power

Genre: Self Help

Amazon Review: Brené Brown’s ability to explore shame and resilience with humor, vulnerability and honesty is both uplifting and liberating. If we want to change our lives, our relationships or even the world, we must start by understanding and overcoming the shame that keeps us silent. This important and hopeful book offers a bold new perspective on the power of telling our stories.” 

Rip It Up: Forget positive thinking, it’s time for positive action

Genre: Self Help

Amazon Review: “As we’ve come to expect from Richard Wiseman; impeccably researched, fabulously informative, and dangerously humorous. He makes sound psychological concepts easily understandable and accessible to non-psychologists in a hugely entertaining way. And if you’re so inclined, there are plenty of practical tips you can use to improve your experience of life.”

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