All Drinking Aside: The Destruction, Deconstruction and Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal

book by:
Jim Anders

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On September 11, 2015
Last modified:July 4, 2019


This fictional autobiography of the journey from alcoholism to recovery takes a look into the thinking of addiction by looking into the author's alter egos, with humor and sometimes pain.

An autobiographical fiction, the author leads us through his struggle with alcohol, and his transition into recovery through keen looks into his three alter egos along the way.

Often humorous, sometimes painful, All Drinking Aside follows the desperation found dealing with the disease of alcoholism, but certainly one could replace alcohol with most any addiction, and find great insight into the journey of recovery.

The author writes: “Addiction is a beast that lives within us. You cannot kill the beast. Denial, Anger, Fear will not kill it. Begging, pleading, blaming will not tame it. Depression, self-pity, doubt: They only feed it. Confront it as the beast will never die”.

A powerful and life-affirming book – highly recommended.

All Drinking Aside: The Destruction, Deconstruction and Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal (Paperback)

Denial, anger, fear, depression, self-pity, doubt: a toxic cocktail of emotions enflamed by alcohol, narcotics and prescription drugs. Where does one begin? Where will it all end? In this 90-piece orchestration of autobiographical flashbacks, the author describes his descent into alcoholism while three fictional alter egos (unnoticed by him) discuss his prospects for recovery. This intense, introspective and illuminating fiction looks at alcoholism and addiction from the inside out and back again. In three parts, the Destruction, the Deconstruction and the Reconstruction, the alcoholic beast is revealed. The vicious cycles of alcoholic addiction: hospitals, detoxes, rehabs and relapse. Repeat, repeat, repeat.A textbook case of chronic chemical dependency, “All Drinking Aside” will provoke, deceive, disturb and annoy you while it entertains and informs. “All Drinking Aside” is “Everybody’s Autobiography,” if you’re an alcoholic and “Someone You Know,” if you are not.

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