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  1. As an Addictions Counsellor I read your book with interest. I think it will be useful for many clients I work with. What would make it more legit would be if you could add references throughout the book/website. I would be interested to read the science behind your arguments/statements.

    On a personal note, I am not a problem drinker or dependent on alcohol, however reading your book has made me question why I drink at all and has me thinking about stopping for good!

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    1. Thank you, I am working on adding the scientific references to the website. It there is any area you are particularly interested in let me know and I will prioritise.

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  2. A while back I read a book called rational recovery. This reminds me of that book. AA may work for alot of people but I found the shaming poem the announce at every meeting annoying..that if AA doesn’t help them they have some terrible defective personality. Kind of offensive

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  3. I have read your book and found it immensely helpful, I am nearly three months alcohol free and find my biggest problem is the “fear of missing out”. Over the years of drinking I have developed a few different social groups that involves some quite heavy drinking friends. I really enjoy the friendship of quite a few of these people even though I know its through a false alcohol induced environment.
    I have continued to meet some of these groups but it has usually ended up quite an awkward feeling for either me or them. This seems to be the be the biggest problem I’m left with. How did you cope with this?
    Thanks
    Clive

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    1. Hello Clive,

      I had a similar thing. All of my friends were heavy drinkers, this is understandable, when you drink a lot you tend to spend time with other heavy drinkers. I find spending time with them now less enjoyable. The first hour or so is good, but as the drink starts to kick in and they start to repeat themselves and appear more and more drunk I find it boring. So I just leave. I find naturally I tend to spend more time with people who don’t drink, or don’t drink very much, it’s not a conscious decision it’s just something I’ve found happened naturally. It’s a shame in a way but every change, even a positive one, can involve an acclimatising period as things fall into place. I would say if you want to see your old friends then do so, if you find it awkward or unpleasant then don’t. Fortunately things are slowly changing and it is becoming more and more common for people not to drink. I’m not sure where you are based but there are quite a few articles appearing in the press about how attitudes to drinking are changing in the UK. I’ve posted a few links on the Alcohol Explained Facebook page. Just remember the problem hasn’t been caused by your stopping drinking, it’s been caused by drinking itself.

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      1. Hi William,
        I guess I’ve sort of fallen on a way of trying to resolve the problem in the way you describe, I still meet my old drinking friends just not as often and like you say I tend to go early, I’ve also joined more groups that don’t involve drinking. I think I’m may just be being too impatient and I didn’t expect the social aspect to be my biggest problem.
        Thanks for your reply, I’ll take a look at your Facebook page and the links you mention.

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  4. Hi, my relative sent me the link to your site & I have had my first read. I wouldn’t say I am an alcoholic in any way but I am more than aware that I am a heavy drinker that has, over the past year suffered ‘blackouts’ on too many occasions where I have literally lost all control of myself & been very out of character. This has been distressing after the event(s) and making me want to rectify it. I am a small build person and for the first time in my life I have put weight on, about a stone, which I put solely down to alcohol misuse. I find social pressure of needing to or being expected to drink with friends very difficult to deal with and admit I find it very easy to need a drink in my hand at all times. There is a great deal of logic in everything I have read and has helped me to have a better understanding. I hope to turn myself around before spiralling further & being caught up in the social pressures etc.

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    1. Hello, I hope you find Alcohol Explained helps you. If after reading it you are still struggling with the social side it might be worth having a look at Jason Vale’s book ‘Kick the Drink’, he does a very good job of building up confidence to deal with social situations.

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  5. Hi William,
    I read your book in early December and I haven’t drank since. I’ve tried giving up many times, even for a year once and every time it was a sacrifice. That’s the difference, this time it is not a sacrifice. I hate the idea of drinking again. It has been almost easy! I’m so happy not to be drinking, I was afraid that life would be boring but the truth is that drinking for me was a real nightmare. Thanks for sharing this wisdom and helping me overcome by biggest obstacle to being happy, free and me!

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    1. Hi Kate,

      I’m so pleased Alcohol Explained helped you so much, thank you for taking the time to leave feedback.

      Happy New Year!

      William Porter

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    2. Sounds like me too. I’m in my mid-50s and I was a regular Drinker since I was 23. Which means every single night. As the years went on it was longer and more intense drinking. I tried to stop many times the longest being 3 months 10 years ago. When I started reading this book and understanding what was going on I too felt like it was no longer a sacrifice to give it up I wanted to give it up! This is the one thing that I really appreciate that works for me from this book. I don’t long to drink again I know what it’s been doing to me and I hate it. I think Mr Porter for providing the information at least a preview of it for free. Without it I would have never read the information and would have been struggling with this even more so.

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  6. Hi William,
    For many years I tried to stop drinking. The break lasted for some weeks, once even for 8 months. Every time I started again on a social event like for instance X-mas, thinking it was more social and that I could manage drinking only one glass.
    This was obviously not the case so it started all over.
    By reading your book I understood how alcohol works on your body. And for the first time in my life I got convinced I really had to stop completely and also that I could stop if I wanted to.
    You convinced me that in alcohol there is nothing positive.
    As a matter of fact, I stopped drinking completely when I was half way in your book.
    Probably because I am utterly convinced of the negative sides of alcohol I almost don’t suffer cravings.
    As drinking becomes a habit, especially the choice of what you choose to drink. So I prepared myself on what I would have liked to drink instead of alcoholic drinks. It took me quite some time but I considered it quite important. The answer was difficult to define but I succeeded to choose two warm drinks that I would have liked and two cold ones (described in my mind into the smallest detail so I would not have to think when I wanted to take a drink).
    So whenever I have to choose, I have my answer ready.
    Now, without alcohol, I feel much better. I feel more secure of myself, am more relaxed and see things more clearly than I used to.
    I do not intend to take anymore alcohol in my life. It is not worth it!
    I do must thank you because this major change became possible only by reading your book. It describes clearly the process of how alcohol works once it gets in your body.
    I never got this information before. The reality is just staggering and convinces to quit as soon as possible if you are drinking but also not to start ever if you didn’t drink any alcohol until then. Your book should be read by young (children) and old in order to spread your knowledge on the subject.
    Thank you very much. You changed my life.
    Myriam

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    1. Thank you Myriam, I’m glad you found the knowledge inhibited the cravings, i found the same which was the main driving force to write the book, in case that knowledge could also help others.

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