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‘Alcohol Reconsidered’ ~ It’s the Final Countdown.

Updated: Apr 28, 2021

Finishing the book


It’s been an intense week, that’s for sure. Despite the fact that the pub beer gardens have reopened, there hasn’t been a chance to go to any yet. Cate and I have been busy completing the final read through of ‘Alcohol Reconsidered', and it has been careful and concentrated work. We think we’re finally at a point that we’ve made it as good as it can possibly, possibly be, and it’s strange to think in another few weeks that we will have published a book, we will be authors. That’s quite an achievement if I do say so myself, and I am so glad I had this to focus on during the pandemic.


We are sending our manuscript this week for one final check through and then it will be time to publish. I’m not sure if I am excited, or terrified, or nervous, or perhaps a combination of all three. It feels a bit like I’ve just put all of my emotions in a washing machine, and they seem to change on a minute-by-minute basis. I’m presuming that this is ‘normal’ when you’ve put your heart and soul into something, and you are not sure how it is going to be received. I know deep down it’s a really good book, and it’s the book I would have wanted to read when I was relying on the wine too much to cope with life.


It’s been such an exciting venture and we’re really proud of it. We started writing it at the beginning of October last year, and the journey has been filled with many twists and turns, highs and lows. There is no doubt it’s been an incredible journey. It’s been a bit like what I imagine running a marathon might be, and we’re at the 25-mile mark.


Who is the book for?


We’ve written this book to help people change their relationship with alcohol, however much they are drinking. We’re of the opinion that if thinking about alcohol is taking up too much of your brain-space, it’s time for a rethink.

If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, then this is the book for you.


Are you fed up with thinking about drinking?

Has your drinking spiraled out of control?

Have you ever wondered if you can change your relationship with alcohol without necessarily giving up?


We know how easy it is to find yourself drinking too much and how common this problem is. One of the reasons that we wrote this book is because we think people need to know a lot more about the world’s favourite drug and the damage it can do. We also explore why if you have found yourself drinking too much, it isn't your fault.


That being said, we’re not anti-alcohol and we do talk in the book about some of the social benefits of drinking. Cate and I still like a drink, though arguably not quite as enthusiastically or as much as we used to.


What you can expect from the book


Cate and I are two ex-primary school teachers with our own drinking stories, which we share with you in the book. We attempt to remove the shame and stigma that big drinkers often feel. We uncover the reasons why we drink and encourage you to find your own rational solutions by exploring:

  • The science behind alcohol and why we don’t seem to have an off-switch

  • Why our previous attempts at moderating or abstaining might have failed

  • Why our relationship with alcohol is so complicated

  • Why alcohol could be illegal if it was discovered today

  • How alcohol has played a significant role in society since the beginning of time

  • How clever marketing and advertising can influence us

  • Why abstaining might not be your only option


‘Quit Lit’


I’d argue that the book is a bit more substantial than some of the other ‘quit-lit’ out there on the market, and the points we make are backed up by research. We are not medical professionals, so we were thrilled to get an expert, Sylvain Tiecoura involved, as he has substantial experience of working for the NHS. We were keen to make sure we got our facts straight. We’re sure that you will be interested in the things we’ve found out because alcohol really is a fascinating subject. We explore the complicated reasons that we drink that are individual to us, and we share some tips for moderation.


Book Review


It’s hard to judge your own work when you have been looking at it for so long. This is what our editor and journalist Lucy Benson has said -


‘It’s a very well-written book…personal, enquiring, and provocative without being sensationalist or self-pitying’.


That’s not a bad first review.


I hope this gives you a bit more of a flavour about what our book is about. If you do have any questions, do feel free to ask. We are very keen to help as many people as we can to see that change is possible, and that you don’t necessarily need an ‘all-or-nothing’ approach when it comes to drinking.


We definitely couldn’t have written the book without all of the help of our lovely friends and family, and we thank them for their continued support and encouragement. Thank you so much!

Lesley


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