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Do you count down the minutes to wine o’clock on a daily basis? Is a bottle of Pinot Grigio your friend at the end of a long hard day? If you want to give up being controlled and defined by alcohol then now is the time to join The Sober Revolution… Fed up of living in a fog of hangovers, lethargy and guilt from too much wine? Have you tried to cut down without success? You a Do you count down the minutes to wine o’clock on a daily basis? Is a bottle of Pinot Grigio your friend at the end of a long hard day? If you want to give up being controlled and defined by alcohol then now is the time to join The Sober Revolution… Fed up of living in a fog of hangovers, lethargy and guilt from too much wine? Have you tried to cut down without success? You are not alone. When it comes to alcohol, millions of people around the world find it hard to exercise moderation and become stuck in a vicious cycle of blame, guilt and using more alcohol as a way of coping. The Sober Revolution looks at women and their relationships with alcohol, exploring the myths behind this socially acceptable yet often destructive habit. Rather than continuing the sad spiral into addiction it helps women regain control of their drinking and live happier, healthier lives. Sarah Turner, cognitive behavioural therapist and addictions counsellor, and Lucy Rocca, founder of Soberistas.com, the popular social networking site for women who have successfully kicked the booze or would like to, give an insight into ways to find a route out of the world of wine. The Sober Revolution will open your eyes to the dangers of social drinking and give you the tools you need to have a happy life without the wine. Read it now and call time on wine o’clock forever.


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Do you count down the minutes to wine o’clock on a daily basis? Is a bottle of Pinot Grigio your friend at the end of a long hard day? If you want to give up being controlled and defined by alcohol then now is the time to join The Sober Revolution… Fed up of living in a fog of hangovers, lethargy and guilt from too much wine? Have you tried to cut down without success? You a Do you count down the minutes to wine o’clock on a daily basis? Is a bottle of Pinot Grigio your friend at the end of a long hard day? If you want to give up being controlled and defined by alcohol then now is the time to join The Sober Revolution… Fed up of living in a fog of hangovers, lethargy and guilt from too much wine? Have you tried to cut down without success? You are not alone. When it comes to alcohol, millions of people around the world find it hard to exercise moderation and become stuck in a vicious cycle of blame, guilt and using more alcohol as a way of coping. The Sober Revolution looks at women and their relationships with alcohol, exploring the myths behind this socially acceptable yet often destructive habit. Rather than continuing the sad spiral into addiction it helps women regain control of their drinking and live happier, healthier lives. Sarah Turner, cognitive behavioural therapist and addictions counsellor, and Lucy Rocca, founder of Soberistas.com, the popular social networking site for women who have successfully kicked the booze or would like to, give an insight into ways to find a route out of the world of wine. The Sober Revolution will open your eyes to the dangers of social drinking and give you the tools you need to have a happy life without the wine. Read it now and call time on wine o’clock forever.

30 review for The Sober Revolution: Calling Time on Wine O'Clock: Volume 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hazel Cushion

    This book literally changed my life. I wasn't an alcoholic but, like so many women, looked forward to wine o'clock almost every day. I'd tried to cut back but never really managed and I was worried about what I realised was becoming very unhealthy habit. This booked switched my mindset and I haven't had a drink since reading it. I feel happier, healthier, wealthier and am losing 2lbs a week without trying. If you are at all worried about your alcohol consumption then I can really recommend this This book literally changed my life. I wasn't an alcoholic but, like so many women, looked forward to wine o'clock almost every day. I'd tried to cut back but never really managed and I was worried about what I realised was becoming very unhealthy habit. This booked switched my mindset and I haven't had a drink since reading it. I feel happier, healthier, wealthier and am losing 2lbs a week without trying. If you are at all worried about your alcohol consumption then I can really recommend this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tara Brabazon

    This is a paradoxical book. I did enjoy reading it as the book denaturalized the relationship between sociality, women and alcohol. It also showed - through a series of case studies - the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption for women. To be frank, the stories - of bloodied vomit-stained clothes, unfortunate sexual encounters and personal chaos - were deeply disturbing. This book is a strong counter to the often male-authored books celebrating the splendour of wine. But the concerning par This is a paradoxical book. I did enjoy reading it as the book denaturalized the relationship between sociality, women and alcohol. It also showed - through a series of case studies - the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption for women. To be frank, the stories - of bloodied vomit-stained clothes, unfortunate sexual encounters and personal chaos - were deeply disturbing. This book is a strong counter to the often male-authored books celebrating the splendour of wine. But the concerning part of this book is the critique of the married career woman, who just can't 'have it all' and is self medicating through booze. This is another version of the narrative that 'the modern woman' cannot manage their responsibilities without consequences. It is fascinating, but readers should open the covers of the book noting its evangelical stance about alcohol, women and a 'normal' life. It is affirming a very particular version of English, particularly southern, middle class life. That is an ideology, not a reality. Also - for scholars - please not the book does not have page numbers. Odd eh? No sense if the lack of numbers is linked with the topic. (Only joking...)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paul Clarkson

    3.5 stars, plus the benefit beyond my doubts about self-help books for me. That’s my issue and I reckon it’s because I don’t respond well if I perceive I’m being told what’s good for me, even if it’s good for me....... I’ve read a few books around sobriety over recent months, and I include in that Blake Bailey’s biography of the author of The Lost Weekend, Charles Jackson; that’s been a journey! Actually, that book is about the complexity that can drive alcohol dependency. In itself it is an exce 3.5 stars, plus the benefit beyond my doubts about self-help books for me. That’s my issue and I reckon it’s because I don’t respond well if I perceive I’m being told what’s good for me, even if it’s good for me....... I’ve read a few books around sobriety over recent months, and I include in that Blake Bailey’s biography of the author of The Lost Weekend, Charles Jackson; that’s been a journey! Actually, that book is about the complexity that can drive alcohol dependency. In itself it is an excellent book but I’ll leave that for a review of it. I have my wine o’clock moments and I can see how that progresses; my consumption and way of consuming has changed over the years. This book’s target audience is women but it’s easy to override that to take useful ideas away because, well, alcohol use and alcohol problems have common undercurrents, but with a variety of dressings depending on who/what/how you are or perceive you are. Overall, a book with valuable suggestions and information. Easy to comprehend. I skimmed the case studies as they are just that, examples of people’s lives particular to them. I’ve also read a couple of books by men around alcohol. They do have a very different flavour. Women are so way ahead of men when emotions are involved, broadly, which they are where alcohol is concerned.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Furniss

    I was actually gifted this book by the co author Sarah Turner herself. My Aunt and I contacted Sarah after reading an article in our local paper all about the Harrogate Sanctuary and this book. My Mother had just died on Christmas Eve 2013 from an alcohol related illness and we wanted to donate the money from her funeral to a local linked cause and this article appeared at that very time and it seemed like it was meant to be!. We contacted Sarah who invited us not to just clinically post a cheque I was actually gifted this book by the co author Sarah Turner herself. My Aunt and I contacted Sarah after reading an article in our local paper all about the Harrogate Sanctuary and this book. My Mother had just died on Christmas Eve 2013 from an alcohol related illness and we wanted to donate the money from her funeral to a local linked cause and this article appeared at that very time and it seemed like it was meant to be!. We contacted Sarah who invited us not to just clinically post a cheque but to actually go & meet her for a chat to hand over the donation for the charity. Sarah asked us if we would mind telling her our story & we listened to hers. Although I myself do not suffer from addiction to alcohol I of course had seen the full drastic effect of it on my Mum & all the family and I hoped in reading this book I could understand a little bit more about the psychology behind addictions & maybe get to analyse other womens relationships with alcohol. Although its aimed more at those wanting to try & give up I found this book so interesting and I read three quarters of it in one sitting I just felt compulsed to keep reading. I liked the way the alcohol is likened to an unfit lover, the language used, the inspirational quotes & case studies. I never knew about The Harrogate Sancuary (or this book) when we where doing all we could to seek and encourage my Mother to get help, so although it is too late for us if this book just encourages one person to stop & saves someones life well that has to be a job well done!. Go forth the Sober Revolution & keep up your amazing work Sarah & Lucy, you lovely ladies deserve all your success! x

  5. 4 out of 5

    John Glassey

    This was an interesting read. Lately I have been interested about the phenomenon of over indulgence especially in career women. The perspectives from this book allowed for an insight into how wine is used as a panacea for the stresses modern life brings upon women (and of course the same can go for men). A little repetitive in points, and too many comparisons of addiction to bad relationships, but the point of the book still comes across well. One annoying aspect was the constant plugging of a w This was an interesting read. Lately I have been interested about the phenomenon of over indulgence especially in career women. The perspectives from this book allowed for an insight into how wine is used as a panacea for the stresses modern life brings upon women (and of course the same can go for men). A little repetitive in points, and too many comparisons of addiction to bad relationships, but the point of the book still comes across well. One annoying aspect was the constant plugging of a website one of the writers owns.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Magda

    It works. What else to say? :D

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Edenborough

    This is the third book I have read on giving up alcohol, I gave up alcohol five months ago and thought it would be a good idea to read this subject every now and again as encouragement. I have to say I’m glad I didn’t pick this up first, I seriously doubt whether it could have inspired me to get sober. There are some very succinctly put truths within the book, but in general I’m afraid I found it a mess. The first part just seems to be written abstractly and randomly, I have personally found a f This is the third book I have read on giving up alcohol, I gave up alcohol five months ago and thought it would be a good idea to read this subject every now and again as encouragement. I have to say I’m glad I didn’t pick this up first, I seriously doubt whether it could have inspired me to get sober. There are some very succinctly put truths within the book, but in general I’m afraid I found it a mess. The first part just seems to be written abstractly and randomly, I have personally found a first person account of their own experiences more relatable. The second part of case studies again meant little to me without a personal touch, the author of this part has covered a good variety of circumstances in this section, but each section seems to attend abruptly with a ‘but then they came to see me and lived happily ever after’ style conclusion. As for part three, I’d lost patience and skim read to the merciful end. There seems to be an explosion of self improvement literature around these days by people with first hand experience of beating some demon. Whilst this is admirable and inspiring, it doesn’t make us all writers.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Leanne

    There's a really important central message here that heavy drinking is holding us back, by wasting our time, lowering our moods, denting our confidence & sense of self, & by causing & exacerbating illnesses - all at the same time that advertising tells women we need wine & gin to live full, fun lives. As someone in a stressful job who sees normalised heavy drinking every day, my eyes were opened by the profiles of real people who've stopped drinking & by the details about different forms of alco There's a really important central message here that heavy drinking is holding us back, by wasting our time, lowering our moods, denting our confidence & sense of self, & by causing & exacerbating illnesses - all at the same time that advertising tells women we need wine & gin to live full, fun lives. As someone in a stressful job who sees normalised heavy drinking every day, my eyes were opened by the profiles of real people who've stopped drinking & by the details about different forms of alcohol dependency, from social binge drinking to alcoholism. Still, this book focuses on professional & middle class women with the education & other resources that tend to go with that. As the authors run the Harrogate Sanctuary, this specific scope is probably inevitable, but its message won't chime with everybody.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This is the third book of this ilk that I’ve read now, and while it didn’t break any new ground, I found it sobering (pun intended) but hopeful. I know too many alcoholics (women, in particular), who, despite mounting health issues, continue along this very dangerous path, and it’s made me rethink my own relationship with alcohol. I don’t want to contribute to a culture that ruins people’s lives, and I worry that by drinking at all I’m doing just that. If nothing else, this will be a book that I This is the third book of this ilk that I’ve read now, and while it didn’t break any new ground, I found it sobering (pun intended) but hopeful. I know too many alcoholics (women, in particular), who, despite mounting health issues, continue along this very dangerous path, and it’s made me rethink my own relationship with alcohol. I don’t want to contribute to a culture that ruins people’s lives, and I worry that by drinking at all I’m doing just that. If nothing else, this will be a book that I gently recommend to some friends.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Great perspective on how women are drinking more alcohol than ever, and how that is leading to a host of problems from killing our self esteem and ambition, to health problems, all the way down the line to being stuck in an awful cycle and descending into full blown alcoholism. It talks about sobriety not as a punishment or depriving yourself but as a positive lifestyle choice that is healthy and fulfilling. New Year is leading me to cut back on alcohol and take a look at my own drinking habits, Great perspective on how women are drinking more alcohol than ever, and how that is leading to a host of problems from killing our self esteem and ambition, to health problems, all the way down the line to being stuck in an awful cycle and descending into full blown alcoholism. It talks about sobriety not as a punishment or depriving yourself but as a positive lifestyle choice that is healthy and fulfilling. New Year is leading me to cut back on alcohol and take a look at my own drinking habits, so this was a great tool to get some perspective.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cherie Cawdron

    Picked this up to read during my own journey to live alcohol free, but did not find it as practical as touted on the cover - perhaps the companion book, is more what I expected. While I could relate to some of the case studies in the last part of the book I did find the thread of calling the relationship with wine like that of an unsuitable boyfriend analogy a bit overused and repetitive. I commend the authors on telling their truth about their relationship with alcohol, but for me it was not as Picked this up to read during my own journey to live alcohol free, but did not find it as practical as touted on the cover - perhaps the companion book, is more what I expected. While I could relate to some of the case studies in the last part of the book I did find the thread of calling the relationship with wine like that of an unsuitable boyfriend analogy a bit overused and repetitive. I commend the authors on telling their truth about their relationship with alcohol, but for me it was not as personally inspiring as other sober memoirs.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    This was an extremely helpful book. I made the decision to stop drinking in order to feel better, sleep better, and pursue creative projects that require a lot of energy. This book was full of great tips for getting past cravings and remembering why you want to stop in the first place. I highly recommend it for anyone who is looking to find a new life without alcohol.

  13. 4 out of 5

    christopher nicholson

    Interesting enough book but I did feel at some points it was repeating itself quite a lot. This book is aimed at women so I’m sure female readers may get a bit more out of it than I did. There are better books out there on this subject and if I had paid full price for this book (rather than 99p) I’d be a bit disappointed.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Fee Bowles

    Meh Didn’t love this. Lucy’s ups and downs felt unrelatable and the stories very patronising “the depenent drinker did ... “. It all felt a bit pushy and evangelical to me. Not much practical help. Other books are much more useful esp Catherine Gray

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nik

    A quick & easy read, lots of useful facts & discussion here. I especially liked the last chapter about strong women!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tracey rodgers

    Great read. Inspirational read and the stories are so close to home and the exact reason I chose to become af. 15 days in after a small blip.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    Fascinating, varied case-studies, and encouragement to sideline alcohol by two women who have themselves been at one time seduced by it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Although I don't plan to quit drinking entirely, I'm going through a period of reexamining my relationship with alcohol and found this book very enlightening. In particular, it was good to hear the wide varieties of problems people have had and the ways they have been able to beat them. I also found the passages about alcohol keeping you emotionally immature or distant range very true. I will be re-reading this book in the future, I think. Although I don't plan to quit drinking entirely, I'm going through a period of reexamining my relationship with alcohol and found this book very enlightening. In particular, it was good to hear the wide varieties of problems people have had and the ways they have been able to beat them. I also found the passages about alcohol keeping you emotionally immature or distant range very true. I will be re-reading this book in the future, I think.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laura Collins

    If you are new to sober lit, I would suggest checking out The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober before this. I like the fact it does challenge drinking culture but I don't think it would have given me enough tools in the beginning of sobriety. Now after 10 months of being sober, it seems easy but those first 100 days are hard! If you are new to sober lit, I would suggest checking out The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober before this. I like the fact it does challenge drinking culture but I don't think it would have given me enough tools in the beginning of sobriety. Now after 10 months of being sober, it seems easy but those first 100 days are hard!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marian

    Lots of good materials, a fresh outlook on reasons to give up drinking even if you're not physically dependant. I would have liked to see more stories from that kind of woman, though, rather than the nightmare stories of DUIs and hospital admissions. Lots of good materials, a fresh outlook on reasons to give up drinking even if you're not physically dependant. I would have liked to see more stories from that kind of woman, though, rather than the nightmare stories of DUIs and hospital admissions.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Highly recommended.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Justine Inglis

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Montano

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tay

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Link

  26. 4 out of 5

    Adele

  27. 4 out of 5

    Paula

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  29. 5 out of 5

    miss l patterson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Meconi

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