Sober is My New Drunk

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 April, 2012, 12:00am


Sober is My New Drunk by Paul Carr Byliner Originals (e-book)

E-books sell well because they're cheaper than their paperback cousins and easier to conceal, for those who don't like to wear their syndrome on their sleeve. That also means there's dross out there. Thankfully, Sober is My New Drunk is a cut above. By 'professional failure' Paul Carr, it tells of his alcohol addiction and attempt to reach a 'sober nirvana' without resorting to Alcoholics Anonymous. He recalls how friends had disowned him and why he is no longer on speaking terms with countless girlfriends (but luckily free of sexually transmitted diseases he could have caught during numerous blotto encounters). One benefit of being on the wagon, he reveals, is no longer losing things. In just one year, Carr misplaced eight pairs of sunglasses, six iPods, three laptops, four phones and a pair of shoes. He also explains how he had entered jobs designed to suit his love of alcohol. By 22 he was a journalist - 'a drunken profession if ever there was one' because it allowed him time for 'research'. Carr argues that self-help guides work for only the person who wrote them. One hopes this book has helped him stay dry.