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Drink?

By: Professor David Nutt
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Summary

World-renowned Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology David Nutt breaks down the science and effect of alcohol on our health, mood, sleep and productivity and how it travels through our bodies and brains and explains on a practical level how we can make changes to positively impact our relationship with it and understanding of it, thereby improving our quality of life for the long-term.  

He examines what the future holds for this normalised drug that governs our society and lives but is becoming increasingly unpopular due to its detrimental impact on our well-being. Drink? will do what Matthew Walker did for sleep, and Giulia Enders did for our Gut, and help us make informed choices, at the very least. David will illuminate our minds on this important and timely subject. 

  

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Helpful if you want to control your drinking

This book makes you think about what alcohol is and what it does. I now look at a bottle of wine in a different way.

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Makes you think

I had decided to stop drinking 6 months ago so this book was more of a confirmation to me that it was the right decision.

Its been illuminating how ingrained into our lives alcohol is and perhaps the harder bit is how you navigate an alcohol free life which this book only touches upon.

I find Professor Nutt's research into all areas of drugs fascinating and I hope this book lends some weight to tackling the health problems we face with alcohol. Highly recommended.

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  • 24-01-20

very very interesting and eye opening

This book brings you the cold hard facts about what drinking does to you. It isn't patronising or shaming but just exceptionally informative and clear. If you want to cut down then definitely listen to this, having these facts will surely make you think twice about your habits.

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Politics trumps science - again

This book was written out of a sense of public duty, to inform about what alcohol is, how it affects us physically, psychologically, socially. It is a message from someone whom Government has tasked to address the problems alcohol poses to us individually and collectively, and whose scientific findings were then dismissed as unwelcome. It is another example of short-sighted politicians deciding that we have heard quite enough from experts. As such it is definitely worth reading.

However much of the book reads like a public information brochure. No question about the quality and integrity of the data, with chapters addressing the whole range of people who are at greater or lesser risk. No-one who drinks alcohol is in the risk-free category, as there is always a downside to consumption. The most interesting chapters are the first - How Drinking Affects your Body and Brain - looking at the level of neuronal responses, and the last one - Is there a Solution to the Booze Crisis? - looking at what would constitute best practice based on the experiences of different countries. The tone is not preachy or didactic, but is simply the reflection of a highly qualified scientist presenting his findings.

I would suggest spending time on those 2 chapters and selecting what is of personal interest in the middle chapters rather than necessarily reading from start to finish.

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Interesting but bad recording

Interesting subjects but it's frustratingly easy to constantly hear the voice recording bounce back and forth between takes as the tone and other factors change frequently. Very off-putting.

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interesting theory, and good advice..

wise advice on what's suitable and unsuitable when it comes to drinking.well read, and makes you think twice.

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It's not about abolishment

Important information imparted without judgement or reprimand that we really might as well know.
Not preachy, highlighting positives as well as dangers, offering solutions and hope.

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Very interesting

Really makes you realise how much alcohol effects you. But doesn’t lecture you to not drink but helps you to find a healthy relationship with alcohol and to make healthier choices . It just gives you the information so you can decided what relationship you would like with alcohol.

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Just what we already know

It’s interesting book but I think most already know this and I would suspect if it was made of cyanid people would still drink it

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A fascinating wake up call

A sobering account of the true facts around alcohol. A must read for anyone who likes a drink.

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  • 19-04-20

Very Informative!

I recommend this book to any person that drinks or knows of anyone who drinks alcoholic beverages because it will help you make better drinking choices.

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  • 18-02-20

Incredibly interesting

I normally read and watch documentaries about several,aspects of alcohol and yet I found this book extremely helpful.

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  • martin hall
  • 28-05-21

Science-based discussion of pros & cons of alcohol

Such a great book by a person who combines experience with national policy on alcohol, 50 years of clinical practice, and an extensive research career. Pretty uncommon to get all three. I highly recommend.

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  • omarjamal
  • 05-02-20

Amazing book and a must

This is a must for everyone to read, very educational and very accurate. Easy to understand.

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  • Rebecca Gettleman
  • 05-02-20

Dangerously bad perspective

This is a book about how to drink, and about British political policy. The author’s ego is the biggest ‘message’ and the science is skimmed over.
I hoped it would be that book that finally cleared up the science about prior research, and what we finally now know to be true about what alcohol consumption does to human bodies. Instead he teaches parents how to put passed out teenagers into recovery position! And has bullet point advice we are to give our kids so they know drinking can kill. None of which any teenager can reasonable listen to with a straight face.
I get the book means well, but really, it avoids the depth and profundity of alcohol’s dangers to both drinkers and their loved ones, and the pain associated for all. There is not a single chapter about people in denial of their problem, rather it speaks to those already capable of questioning their own consumption habits!
What could be an important book falls woefully short of any real experience.

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  • Jeffrey D
  • 21-01-20

A good overview of the effects of alcohol.

The author is the chief scientific officer of Alcarelle, a company trying to make a substitute for alcohol that has a similar drug effect on the brain but is not so dangerous. I am not sure what to think about this. This information is mentioned in the book. He does discuss in detail the benefits of alcohol, and he recommends the development of such drugs as Alcarelle.
In the book under review, the (British) author served also as the narrator. A big mistake. Like many British narrators (please note, Audible), toward the end of a sentence his words often become barely audible and also mumbled. You might call this trailing off or fading away. I have no idea why this is the case, and it probably would not matter for normal face-to-face conversation, but for an audible book it is very difficult to deal with. You can't decrease the volume on the first part of the sentence, and increase it at the end. The only solution I can see is to tell the British narrators, and particularly Dr. Nutt, not to do it, and to try their best to keep in mind that they are not just talking to themselves.

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  • L. krebbs
  • 19-01-22

Really informative.

I really enjoyed this book. It was full of very useful information and it was easy to stay engaged.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 05-01-22

I was afraid of this

Although it isn't ¨what you wanted to hear¨ it is what we need to hear. Throughout he recommends that each must decide for him/herself -- once you are well informed.

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  • 06-09-21

Balanced View

This book presents both the risks and the benefits of alcohol consumption with balance and precision. The author does not take sides for or against consuming alcohol, but rather points out in appropriately clinical fashion what happens to the human body over both the short and long terms when alcohol is consumed. The book examines a range of research and offers practical guidelines for people who want to enjoy alcohol without undue risk of damaging to health or wellness. The author will share the facts, but he won't judge you.

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  • Marcia Davis
  • 18-07-21

Great book - problem with reader.

Loved all the information in this book but got a bit frustrated with the reader’s voice: he’d start a sentence with strong vocal tones and then let it drop at the very end. There were times when I just couldn’t figure out what he said. A shame because the info was great.