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A Gentleman Drunk

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A book by Jeffrey Taylor

A Gentleman Drunk is a cleverly-written autobiography that will make you laugh and feel good about life's struggles. --Don Bouget, Books on Alcoholism, June 15, 2004      Great book! From the minute I started reading it I was … see full wiki

Author: Jeffrey Taylor
Publisher: Jeffrey Taylor
1 review about A Gentleman Drunk

A demonstration that every path to recovery is unique, difficult and there are many points of failure

  • Nov 28, 2009
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+3
This is not a pleasant story, although the main character manages to go from being a drunk to a sober and recovering alcoholic. Taylor was an alcoholic from the point he took his first drink when he was twelve. Although he was successful in business as he was generally a functional alcoholic, his heavy drinking eventually led to problems and to his joining Alcoholics Anonymous.
His path to recovery was not a pleasant one, Taylor was extremely self-centered and it took a long time and many tense situations before his outlook changed enough where he was able to listen to and appreciate the stories of others. Blame is thrown at many people, although eventually Taylor manages to view the situation as it really is.
As you read the story of his recovery, it is clear that there were many points in the process where Taylor could have slipped into relapse and it is likely that it would have killed him. He is often on the edge, yet managed to stay on the right side. It is also clear that not only is every life story of an alcoholic unique, but that also applies to their recovery process. The twelve-step A-A program works, but often in unusual and convoluted ways.

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