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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Adrian is honest and transparent about his own alcohol journey, and the challenge in cutting down, whilst still enjoying a drink. Whilst I admire his efforts I really got the feeling that Adrian is kidding himself when he says he has drinking under control. And for full disclosure, Club Soda founder Laura has also written two pages to the book on her thoughts on alcohol-free cocktails. I wouldn’t be disowned, and I’d still be in touch with my friends and have good times with them, but it would be different. This bleak statement is especially true for many pop and rock stars, who find themselves catapulted from fame into obscurity virtually overnight, given the unforgiving vagaries of the music industry.

I've occasionally been asked why it is that I need to go for a drink before watching the Albion play. 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 “soul” of the book’s title doesn’t refer to a religious idea by the way, but more to an internal essence we all have. However, he also points out that a lot of people who drink a lot are put off by the thought of total abstinence – and therefore don’t bother looking at their drinking levels at all, because moderate drinking isn’t often deemed an option.I always want to be able to take a quiet early evening pint or two with a friend or share a bottle of wine over dinner somewhere. Love Your Sober Year builds on their previous Love Yourself Sober book, set around the annual cycle of nature. Just as everyone’s got a different idea of what constitutes moderate drinking, there’s plenty of disagreement as to what heavy drinking looks like. In the years since he first had the idea of prescribing short, powerful poems for all manner of spiritual ailments, William Sieghart has taken his Poetry Pharmacy around the length and breadth of Britain, into the pages of the Guardian, onto BBC Radio 4 and onto the television, honing his prescriptions all the time. He details his experiences in cutting down, to comic and insightful effect, and skilfully but never preachingly, offers suggestions for others, too.

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. As a radio presenter Adrian currently hosts Question Time Extra Time and Chiles on Friday, both on 5live.The popular broadcaster and columnist sets out to discover the unsung pleasures of drinking in moderation. I rarely vomit from alcohol consumption (and last time I did, I’m sure there was something wrong with the coffee beans in the espresso martinis, it wasn’t the volume of booze! All care has been taken to ensure it is accurate at time of publishing, but medical guidelines often change, and this post may not be updated to reflect that. I knew there would be lots of nice people at the wedding but, I’m ashamed to say, I wasn’t much looking forward to it because, for me, there wouldn’t be any drink involved.

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