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The thinking person's guide to sobriety
Pluymen, Bert.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xvii, 233 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Originally published: Austin, Tex. : Bright Books, c1996.
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Central Library HV5276 .P58 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Kenmore Library HV5276 .P58 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Lancaster Library HV5276 .P58 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library HV5276 .P58 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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These are the last people anyone would think of as alcoholics. They work hard every day, are well respected by peers, socialize with their friends, and there is no hint of legal trouble. Yet each has a desire to stop drinking because life is increasingly painful and the road ahead leads only to agony. Through AA, each person realizes that, of all people and despite outward appearances, he or she is addicted to alcohol. Anchoring the book is the story of Bert Pluymen, one of the most successful lawyers in America, and his battle for sobriety. This book is triumphant and uplifting, and it contains startling scientific facts surrounding addiction.

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Booklist Review

Pluymen, once named one of the best lawyers in America, turns his attention from the law to write a thoroughly engaging, yet thought-provoking book on alcoholism. He is careful to point out that alcoholism is not just a disease of the down and out, but of the rich and famous and everyone in-between. Although his approach contains a good touch of humor, he remains fully cognizant of the seriousness of his subject. He mixes both facts on alcoholism and stories of alcoholics from different walks of life and at various stages of recovery. A particularly valuable chapter is "Wake-up Call for Women." Here he warns that not only are women at increased risk because of their drinking, but they suffer much more for drinking far less than men. For them, alcohol can become lethal after just two drinks. This is scary stuff, but through both the stories and his own tips, Pluymen shows those in the grip of this deadly disease a clear and effective way out. --Marlene Chamberlain

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