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Sober Is My New Drunk: 850 Days (and Counting) without Booze or AA. A Comedy in Twelve Steps. (Kindle Single)
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Sober Is My New Drunk: 850 Days (and Counting) without Booze or AA. A Comedy in Twelve Steps. (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Carr

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Paul Carr gave up booze with the same verve and originality that he brought to his life as a drunk.

For one thing, he didn’t go to Alcoholics Anonymous, an organization that, he writes, “breeds an ‘it’s not my fault’ mentality that refuses to accept that anyone can ever truly be cured of the ‘disease’ of alcoholism.”

Instead, Carr quit in the most non-anonymous way imaginable: He posted an open letter on his popular website. The letter was both a confession and an invitation for public scrutiny. “No matter where I was,” he recalls, “there was always a chance that someone had read my post and was waiting to catch me with a drink in my hand.” To help keep himself on the straight and narrow, Carr still has a counter at the top of his site, ticking off the number of days he’s gone without a drink.

In this bracing (but zero-proof) tale of recovery, Carr delivers his own twelve steps to building a life without booze. His hard-earned advice, punctuated with anecdotes that are both cautionary and comic (a bender once took him to Iceland, where he drunkenly believed he’d get better Wi-Fi) is given with humility and goodwill. Along the way, Carr celebrates the simple yet overlooked pleasures of sobriety—weight loss, a renewed love life, the ability to buy a phone or laptop without promptly losing it in a bar. As he slowly discovers, a sober life actually CAN be fun. What’s more, he’ll remember it.

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Paul Carr is an author, columnist, and professional failure. His writing has appeared in publications on both sides of the Atlantic, and his two memoirs, “Bringing Nothing to the Party” and “The Upgrade,” sit proudly in bathrooms across the world. He lives permanently in hotels, currently in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is resolutely Not Safe For Work.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 297 KB
  • Print Length: 41 pages
  • Publisher: Byliner Inc. (March 9 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IXU1G0
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, Honest, Funny March 22 2012
By Alexa O - Published on
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If Carr had called this book "Sober is THE New Drunk," I'd feel that the slams against it as "irresponsible" were more justified. But he didn't. He called it "Sober is MY New Drunk." Thus, this is a memoir, not a self-help book.

Granted, he *does* have 12 steps here, and he is clearly offering advice as well as memoir, but as the reader is under zero obligation to pay any attention to his advice, charges of his "irresponsibility" seem misplaced, to say the least.

Carr does offer critiques of AA, and it is true that he's never been to a meeting. But his critiques are solid--they aren't nasty, they *are* based in fact, and they are the reason that AA doesn't work sometimes. As, of course, no program will work for everyone, especially addicts.

Far more interesting than the AA brouhaha is Carr's method itself. Interestingly, for all he's getting grief from AA believers, his "steps" are not far different--they merely come from a slightly different place. Instead of thinking about addiction in terms of powerlessness, religion, and disease, Carr talks about taking control and finding solutions based on logic--that is, he looks at the elements of his personal relationship with alcohol and finds solutions based on that.

Calling this book irresponsible, or fearing that it will somehow undo the work of AA or other treatment styles, is akin to fearing that learning about evolution will shake your faith in god. MORE information, MORE perspectives, MORE ideas--these should always be considered good things.

Finally, this book is, quite simply, a fantastic read. I'm not an addict, and I've been thinking about this book fairly constantly since I read it. I can't recommend it highly enough.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sober, Not Somber March 12 2012
By tessa O. - Published on
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It takes a lot of guts for an alcoholic to quit drinking. It takes even more guts to tell the world about it. Paul Carr rejected the standard AA route and quit booze in the most non-anonymous way imaginable: he announced it on his blog, which has thousands of followers. This surprising tale of how a drinker dried out is alternately funny, provocative, and poignant. Carr doesn't preach and he doesn't whine. Instead, he talks honestly--and with wonderfully specific detail--about newfound sober pleasures, such as taking a girl to dinner (and remembering it the next morning), losing beer weight (by walking everywhere rather than stumbling into cabs), and starting a new business in Las Vegas (scene of countless of his drunken misadventures). His unorthodox Twelve Step process has kept him sober for almost three years. Other folks looking to quit will find this instructive and inspirational--but in a refreshingly irreverent way.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BRIGHT RAY OF HOPE! March 12 2012
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I lost my brother n law Christmas Eve five years ago to alcoholism at the age of 56. He left an 11 yr old wonderful son and a devoted,loving wife. If that were not painful enough I have dealt with my own wonderful, handsome, successful son being a serious alcoholic for the past ten years. Right now is not a good time. So many issues were touched on in this single that I felt were inspirational. I bought this and e-mailed it to my son and then bought and read a copy for myself. This afternoon, I have new hope. Paul,I pray your sobrierty will continue and please pray for my son, we will just call him, RJ,as well. Your story sounds so much like his! If you are out there reading this and are thinking of buying it then DO!There is a lot of good, common sense, comical information and also it lends a ray of hope!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good advice for the 20-something with a problem March 20 2012
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I definitely related to this book. It really made me think about all the broken relationships and wasted money in my own life. His main point really is completely true: it's impossible to do it anonymously. If you try to quit anonymously, or semi-anonymously, you can end up living a double life, where you have drinking friends and non-drinking friends, and try to hide one group from the other. There are many ways to fight addictions, and for someone who is really turned off by AA and in the same demographic as the author, I do feel like there was a lot of good advice in there. I'm giving four stars because I wish it were longer!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 9000 days (25 years) of experience without a drink with and without AA May 6 2013
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I’ve been sober for ~9000 days, which is almost 25 years. For the first ~4200 days (that’s about 11 years), I went to AA meetings. Having spent equal amounts of time and *a lot of it* both going and not going to AA, I feel compelled to review this. I went, I moved across the country, went to some more meetings, and then eventually stopped.

I’m *not* writing to preach the AA gospel. Nevertheless, in the first ~400 words, Carr stated incorrect things about AA (and wrote with the arrogance and ego typical of someone with a mere 850 days). Despite what Carr says about telling people to go to AA if it works for you, his ignorance about AA does a disservice for alcoholics who are trying to figure out what to do. They might not go to AA based on his misinformation, and continue to suffer.

AA is fluid and not all AA is the same and not AA works for people all of the time!!

The 12 steps are *not* something that AA folks “must follow.” They are guideposts.

AA *not* a place where you tell your story to “a bunch of strangers.” My dearest friends are from my early days of going to meetings. We have moved on with our lives, but they will always, always, hold a special place in my heart, forever.

I think the anonymous in AA means “It don’t matter if you come from Yale or jail – you are still a drunk.”

People call alcoholism a disease, *not* to make excuses for their past behavior, but to remember they can’t drink, even one drink (one day at a time). The first drink gets you drunk sooner or later. “If you stand in front of a train, the engine is going to kill you, not the caboose.”

Paul Carr's drunk was not that bad all things considered. He isn't dead, he was never homeless, he doesn't have AIDS. Neither was my 5 years. He spends a lot of time talking about his drunk. The steps are *not* just about looking back to those drinking days . What happened to me 9000 days ago is irrelevant.

People are dying!! Some of them might save their lives by going to a meeting. Shame on him for not even bothering to, shame on him for giving out misinformation, shame on him for his arrogance, shame on him for being so full of himself that he has to preach is own gospel about how to stay sober.

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