Clubbing can’t always be about getting down and dirty with our glasses. Book worms aren’t rowdy revellers, but they can still join in the party. Here are the top five books about alcohol.
Five: Under the Influence, Ross Fitzgerald and Trevor Jordan
An intoxicating read about Australian history seen through the perspective of being under the influence of alcohol. It’s a well written, well researched account of the use and abuse of alcohol from the times of white settlement in Australia, to more recent periods where concerns of underage drinking and binge drinking are major issues.
Four: Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs, Paul Dillon
More like a parenting guide than a storybook, this is a handy read which will answer all those burning questions you’ve always had about drugs and drinking. The book explores issues such as ecstasy, the trend of drink spiking, stories of overdosing on alcohol and the debate into whether consuming alcohol from a young age makes for lifelong drinkers.
Three: A Million Little Pieces, James Frey
Half fiction, half memoir, this is an account of a 23year-olds life plagued by drugs and alcohol. Frey’s book follows main character, James into rehabilitation and sees him back on the path to goodness. It’s a story of hope, pain and strength [no wonder Oprah chose it for her Book Club].
Two: Scar Tissue, Anthony Kiedis
From the time he first lost his virginity in the toilet block at school, to his constant, spiralling back and forth into drugs and alcohol, this is a true story of fame and fortune. The lead singer of music group, the Red Hot Chili Peppers tells all in this simply written book.
One: Back From the Brink, Graeme Cowan
How many times have you heard this same situation; high achievers having it all? They have the awesome kids, fantastic marriage, great job, enough money and a nice house. What many of us don’t understand is that these people, for one reason or another, still aren’t happy with themselves. Graeme Cowan wasn’t. He suffered from depression and turned to the bottle many a time. In the end he lost it all; the wife, the kids, his job and on many occasions, he almost lost his life. This is his story and the stories of another 12 sufferers of depression.
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