Book Review: Roaring Drunk - An Idiots Guide on becoming an Alcoholic by John T. Newtoncategories: Book, Binge Drinking, Counselling, Alcohol, Addictive Gene, Drunks, Alcoholism
John T. Newtonabout this book: After publishing my first book Demons in the Dark, I was asked by several readers to write more on the subject of alcohol and alcoholism. Roaring Drunk is really a prequel to my first book. It is an account of how anybody can, without ever realizing it, stumble down the path towards full blown alcoholism and self destruction.
Roaring drunk is really a series of short accounts of different parts of my life and how alcohol played such a huge role in all aspects of it. For thirty five years alcohol was my world, my comforter, my friend, at times my only friend. The most important message this book is trying to get across is that many thousands of people have the same life choices to make as I had and many will not realize how important those choices are. The first time somebody tells you that you drink too much and you choose to ignore them. The times you are offered professional help and you choose not to take it. When you have been sober for months and you choose to pick up that first drink again. Everything in life is about choices and all choices have consequences. I made the wrong choices.
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A useful reminder to those of us who risk drinking too muchI read this book very quickly because it was an easy read and once I had started, I didn't want to put it down. Having known the author during this period in his life, it was interesting to discover how he perceived the events that led to his alcoholism.
The book reminded me just how easy it is to become addicted to alcohol. Having seen the devastating effects it had on the author's life, I thought "it could never happen to me." But the book has made me realise that perhaps it can. I was particularly interested to read what the author had to say about the "addictive gene".
It was an extraordinarily honest book, and I applaud John for sharing his experiences so openly.
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