The Good Drinker: How I Learned to Love Drinking Less

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The Good Drinker: How I Learned to Love Drinking Less

The Good Drinker: How I Learned to Love Drinking Less

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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.

If I had to stop drinking, for whatever reason, then obviously I would do it, and most of my friends would be right on board with that. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. 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. Chiles is honest enough to say this won't be for everyone, my experience is that it's easier to abstain than moderate.Whether you are suffering from loneliness, lack of courage, heartbreak, hopelessness, or even from an excess of ego, there is something here to ease your pain. 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? It wasn’t so much the social interactions I struggled with; the laughing and chatting were no problem. If drinking is a part of all your friends’ lives, it’s a real challenge to stop drinking completely .

This extraordinary debut, full of unexpected humour and emotional truth, marks the arrival of a thrilling and significant new talent. If I lined up all the drinks I’d drunk in a forty-year drinking career, stretching back to my mid-teens, that line would be around three miles long. 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.A matching drinks flight to a taster menu in a lovely restaurant is one of life’s fabulous luxuries.

Adrian is honest and transparent about his own alcohol journey, and the challenge in cutting down, whilst still enjoying a drink. Again, I would stress it’s a personal opinion but if you are looking for inspiration to stop drinking I don’t think it’s this book.Personally I think he’s consumed such large quantities of alcohol in the past stopping altogether rather than drinking in “moderation” as he likes to describe it would be more sensible. It really did give me food for thought – in a good way – and I have been waxing lyrical to friends (over drinks! I have made the decision to stop drinking having realised I was exceeding the safe limits all the time and hoped for an inspiring read but was disappointed. The Good Drinker also has the stories of other moderate drinkers, interviews with experts, and practical tips and strategies for cutting down.

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