Alcohol Lied to Me: The Intelligent Escape from Alcohol Addiction
Craig Beck is a well-regarded family man with two children, a lovely home, and a successful media career; a director of several companies, and at one time the trustee of a large children’s charity, Craig was a successful and functioning professional man despite a ‘two bottles of wine a night’ drinking habit.
For 20 years, he struggled with problem drinking, always refusing to label himself an alcoholic because he did not think he met the stereotypical image that the word portrayed.
He tried numerous ways to cut down, attempting ‘dry months’, banning himself from drinking spirits, and only drinking at the weekend and on special occasions (and found that it is astonishing how even the smallest of occasions can suddenly become ‘special’).
All these ‘will-power’ based attempts to stop drinking failed (exactly as they were destined to do). Slowly, he discovered the truth about alcohol addiction, and all the lies he had previously believed started to fall apart. For the first time, he noticed that he genuinely did not want to drink anymore.
In this book, he will lead you through the same remarkable process.
The Craig Beck method is unique…
- No need to declare yourself an alcoholic.
- A permanent cure, not a lifetime struggle.
- No group meetings or expensive rehab.
- No humiliation, no pain and 100% no ‘will-power’ required.
- Treats the source of the problem, not the symptoms.
Alcohol Lied to Me has already helped thousands of people to escape from alcohol addiction. It has been translated into several different languages and topped bestseller charts worldwide. Newly updated, this third edition of the book includes two new chapters.
Do you have a problem with alcohol?
Most people pick up this book with that ‘do I have a problem?’ question on their mind. Some hope this book will allow them to conclude that they are doing nothing wrong and now conveniently have some written evidence to back up and endorse the continuation of their habit.
Others are aware that they are no longer in control and want help to stop drinking and then stay quit. Stopping drinking, as we all know, is the easy bit. Staying permanently off the booze is the real problem.
So, let’s answer that initial burning question…
Do you have a problem with alcohol?
Yes, but there is not actually anyone who drinks alcohol that doesn’t have a problem. Alcohol is a problem, not a solution (as many believe it to be). Therefore, if this substance is in your life ‘in any form’, you cannot help but have a problem.
As you will discover in this book, alcohol is an addictive toxin packaged into attractive bottles, marketed with billions of dollars of advertising, and so deeply ingrained in popular culture that we can no longer see it for what it is.
You will quickly discover that people get very upset when you criticize this drug; they don’t even like you referring to it as a drug! Your alcohol-drinking friends would tell me to stop being so dramatic. They will probably argue that many millions of people worldwide manage to enjoy alcohol responsibly, and it doesn’t negatively affect their lives in the slightest.
Some might further suggest that the occasional drink improves or enhances their life for some. However, this counter-argument to my opening gambit only holds water if you suspend the reality that alcohol is a poison created from the by-product of decaying vegetable waste.
Behind the smoke and mirrors
This audiobook is about opening your eyes to what is happening behind the smoke and mirrors of alcohol. In truth, alcohol is a poison (a registered poison, no less)! So, with that fact in mind, how can anyone argue that the chronic consumption of poison is positive?
Many people find this concept tricky to take on board initially because we are conditioned to see alcohol not as a poison but merely a harmless social pleasantry. So, for the sake of argument, let’s replace the poison used in this argument with a different toxin, hydrogen cyanide for example. Imagine how illogical it would be to try and defend cyanide consumption!
Attractively packaged poison
Would you say that someone who only consumes cyanide infrequently was a social user or a normal chemical user? Yet, this is precisely what we do with alcohol. Of course, your first response to this will probably be an objection to the comparison.
Many will complain that cyanide will kill you stone dead, whereas alcohol just makes you merry. Neat cyanide will kill you, but then will 100% pure alcohol. Heavily diluted cyanide won’t kill you, but it will make you very ill… are we a million miles away as comparisons go?
Once you become aware that the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes at all and realize that alcohol is none of the things the marketing suggests it is, only then can you start to deconstruct some of the popular language surrounding its use.
We talk of these ‘normal’ and ‘social drinkers’, the people who can consume alcohol at parties and social occasions but don’t appear dependent on it to remain functional. Of course, even the most hardened alcoholic at some point was what we would describe as a ‘social drinker’; before the mousetrap of alcoholism snapped closed on them, they were considered just as normal as the next guy.
The poor problem drinkers looked at them and wondered why they couldn’t drink for fun, just like them.
And so the cycle of addiction continues; social drinkers slowly become alcohol-dependent problem drinkers, and instantly in the eyes of society, they stop being ‘normal’ and become weak-willed, pitifully sad people who, for some reason, can’t consume an addictive toxin and stay in control of it.
Alcohol is many things, but it certainly is none of the glitzy life-enhancing things we are told by the advertising agencies or collectively endorsed lies handed down from generation to generation.
We believe that booze makes a party go with a swing, yet we happily use words of destruction the next day to describe what a great time we had.
We stare out from bloodshot eyes, with a tongue feeling like a butcher’s chopping block, and gleefully report that last night we were ‘trashed, slaughtered, mashed, hammered, destroyed, wasted’ or a hundred other different terrible adjectives that now apparently mean something good happened.
The marketing for alcohol would have you believe that simply drinking their specific brand of attractively packaged poison will turn you into the next Brad Pitt or Elle MacPherson. In reality, we know how good a drunk looks to us when we are sober.
Whether they are male or female, there is perhaps nothing less attractive than having someone come up to you stinking of booze, slurring a poorly thought-out chat up line, as a little bit of saliva drips from the corner of their mouth.
Forget the advertising spiel; the only way you can get more sex while on alcohol is to find someone who is equally as drunk as you.
Sex and alcohol
Does it make you a sex symbol if you must use a drug to get the opposite sex to sleep with you?
The more you think about your actions, the more ridiculous it appears.
We create lots of distractions to avoid the truth about this drug. We claim it is essential to a good party; we think it makes food taste better and we connect it to social standing.
You must surely have heard that if you can afford to pay astronomical amounts of money for your alcohol, that makes you a connoisseur and a person who appreciates the finer things in life (not an alcoholic).
Listen to a ‘wine expert’ talk about the latest vintage to come out of the Bordeaux region, and you would think they were describing bottled sex. They talk of a seductive nose and a robust body with a hint of dark chocolate and wild berries.
The illusions of a drug
As you will discover in this book, it’s all just the ego creating illusions of grandeur to cover up a bad habit that it would rather you keep up (because it feels nice, or instead, it stops an unpleasant sensation of self-induced pain).
Intelligent and wealthy people have found a way to put a veil of acceptability and snobbery over a common drug addiction.
A book that saves lives
Over 250,000 people have found their happy, sober life because of Alcohol Lied to Me by Craig Beck. Are you ready to join them?