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The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm but because of those who look at it without doing anything

~ Albert Einstein, genuis

Christmas, December 2016—the year I took control of my drinking. Like you, I’d grown concerned about how much, and how regularly I was consuming alcohol.

I knew the side-effects, and I didn’t like them. But still, I couldn’t quit. One month of sobriety was the longest time I’d ever managed not to let a single drop pass my lips.

I tried reading books, used self-hypnosis, made a star-chart and ticked off my alcohol-free days. There were two ticks one week, none the next, then some longer stretches. But despite my will drinking always ended victorious winning the tug-o-war for my attention.

Nothing worked.

Until that Christmas when I finally got angry enough to make a change. Without going into detail it involved a rifle, shots fired and wondering if that was the night I was going to die.

But my motivation and my personal story of alcohol began earlier than that. My grandmother was an alcoholic. And her father before that—and both their stories, like many people affected by alcohol was one of tragedy.

In the 1930’s one drunken brawl outside the local pub in New Zealand left one man dead and my great-grandfather charged with murder.

My grandmother was four-years-old and her brother aged six when they were taken into foster care. They never saw their mother, father or each other again.

I’ve always wondered, had it not been for the trauma Molly experienced as a child, and throughout her life, would she have sought happiness in a bottle?

The tragedy didn’t end there. Years later her brother, then in his 30’s and married with three children, took his life.

Their story, my story, is a far too common one.

This book is my attempt to reduce the harm excessive consumption of alcohol can and does do to children, adults, wives, husbands, families and society. Whether you chose to reduce or completely eradicate alcohol from your life is up to you. My only aim is to redress the imbalance and present some solutions to some serious problems facing us all today.

In this book you’ll learn:

  • Strategies to take control of your drinking
  • Awareness of the real harm excessive alcohol consumption takes on your mind, body and soul
  • Yummy and sophisticated alternatives to drinking alcohol
  • How to handle pressure from others who feel threatened by your sobriety
  • Savvy ways to beat slick and subliminal marketing from companies who profit from your addiction
  • How to handle life ‘raw’ – tools, tips and strategies to deal with stress and daily hassles
  • Ways to discover freedom, find happiness and change your life

You’ll benefit from my expertise and experience as a holistic psychologist, counselor, intuitive coach and creativity expert Cassandra Gaisford (BCA, Dip Psych). Together we’ll challenge the myth of disempowered drinker. In Your Beautiful Mind: Control Alcohol you’ll regain your power, take control, and win the battle against booze.

While this book is targeted at people who want to reduce their alcohol consumption if you’re living with an alcoholic or concerned about someone else’s drinking you’ll find help here too.

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