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  • Paperback: 221 pages
  • Publisher: O Books, John Hunt (Nov. 16 2011)
  • Language: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Welsh
  • ISBN-10: 1846945224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846945229
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 14.2 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #692,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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A New Idea About Problem Drinking Feb. 27 2012
By Anna from InannaWorks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Therapist, and hypnotherapist, David Allen acknowledges that the program he outlines in this book is at odds with most current practice for treating alcohol-related problems. He believes in behavioral change and has devoted a lot of his career to applying the psychology of change to alcohol-related issues. He believes that people can alter their relationship to alcohol, enabling them to drink occasionally without reverting to abusing alcohol. (Recovering alcoholics need to be cautious about adopting these ideas too quickly.)

He tells us that a thorough understanding of the causes of alcohol abuse is required in order to change one's relationship to alcohol. He describes the tools which he has successfully used to deal with the underlying causes of abusive drinking, and introduces the reader to the use of hypnosis therapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) in relation to the problem. The last part of the book details his step-by-step program for altering core beliefs and creating permanent change.

He intends to talk specifically to those drinkers who manage their abuse of alcohol so that it only minimally interferes with their functioning. Having been one of those drinkers himself, he clearly understands how hard it is to consider alcohol a problem when there are no serious consequences of the behavior to point to. The success of his protocol requires that a client acknowledge the ways in which drinking undermines his or her well-being, resulting in a solid willingness to change. The decision comes first. Once it has been made, this book will provide readers with the information they need to successfully put that decision into practice.

Allen extensively explores modern concepts about alcoholism and its treatment. He acknowledges both modalities that parallel his, and those that are at least partially contradictory in approach. As the child of an alcoholic, and someone who monitors her relationship with alcohol because of that, I found this book to provide new and thought-provoking insight into the problem. It is much more innately hopeful than most of the literature in the field. It is clear, however, that a serious commitment to do the work is necessary for the program to be effective. This is not a program for dabblers.

(InannaWorks.com received a free review copy of this book.)
A skeptical remark from someone who SHOULDN'T read this book. May 8 2014
By sylvain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I haven't read this work, but the solution it purports to bring is a dangerous line to tread. Alcoholism is a progressive illness that touches everyone in one form or another because it affects relationships. The pleasure derived from drinking ought not outweigh the need to be responsible. Of course, we need to fit in with the status quo that defines drinking as an acceptable social custom... The reality of drink is much more insidious than we like to admit, and I admire this book for being a step on the path to acknowledging alcohol's unremarkable taint on our human endeavor.
a must read June 24 2013
By Irene Harper - Published on Amazon.com
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David's book is right on target and I also ordered the cd which is fabulous. new outlook on the problem


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