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Drink?

The New Science of Alcohol and Your Health
Narrated by: Professor David Nutt
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
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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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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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  • 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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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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Every person should read this book

when you have listened to this book it will chsnge your outlook on drinking alot

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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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information is power

Really enlightening book. Everyone who drinks needs this type of information before picking up the bottle or the glass. Then choice is at least an informed one. The book is a balance of anecdotes, research and government policy (and why it's not successful in combating substance misuse). A very enjoyable listen. I would recommend to drinkers and non-drinkers.

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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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  • 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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  • 30-01-20

Awesome facts, a little hard to hear at times.

As a bartender, I think everyone who drinks should consider reading this book! It is a great way to learn to about the consequences of drinking: the good and bad. Also, it is great to know all these facts to share while bartending. Thank you Professor Nut!

One thing: it was hard to hear at times. The narrator would start a point clearly, and finish off in a whisper. I think I missed out on a lot of conclusions because of this.

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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.