Lying Minds

The book Lying Minds is soon to be published but anyone is most welcome to read the individual chapters here. Please respect that this is copyright material.

Nobody chooses to become an alcoholic.

Alcoholics do not drink because they are weak or have poor control; we drink because our mind compels us to. Our brain mistakenly identifies alcohol as good, never bad, and enters into an automatically intensifying process whereby the act of drinking increases the urge to drink. Once the brain enters this runaway state the compulsion to drink becomes steadily more and more powerful and the idea that we should not drink almost never occurs. We have absolutely no idea that this has happened to us. It happens without our consent or awareness, we have no control over it and we most certainly do not choose it. People who drink compulsively are not weak, or lacking control; control has been taken from us.

This book explains how our brain deceives us about alcohol: how it compels us to drink too much, too often, and at the wrong times, and how control and free will with respect to alcohol are lost. It explains how our emotions, memory, behaviour and thinking are changed. It shows what we are trying to fight, and how it opposes us.

Chapter One: Introduction

Chapter Two: Alcohol and the reward system

Chapter Three: How Alcohol Affects us

Chapter Four: Alcohol-Tolerance

Chapter Five: The Psychological Burden of Addiction

Chapter Six: Denial

Chapter Seven: Who Becomes an Alcoholic?

Chapter Eight: Withdrawal

Chapter Nine: After Withdrawal

Chapter Ten: The Following Months

Chapter Eleven: If we Drink Again

Chapter Twelve: Dear Reader

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