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The Good Drinker: How I Learned to Love Drinking Less

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He began to confront his own drinking: “At the time, one of the shows I did was late Thursday night, so obviously I wouldn’t drink on those nights, but every other day of that week I’d have a drink. Cirrhosis, fatty liver and being old don't deter Chiles from moaning "I don't know what to do with people who don't drink".

The Good Drinker by Adrian Chiles | Hachette UK The Good Drinker by Adrian Chiles | Hachette UK

Over his career he has fronted ITV's football coverage, co-presented Daybreak, launched multiple BBC show including The One Show, and presented several documentaries and documentary series. Whilst I'm sure for a lot of people abstinence is the only way, cutting down and being more thoughtful about my drinking of wine works for me.But it is well written, and has some interesting things to say about how we see addiction and recovery, especially for American readers. If any of the above resonates with you, or you generally like Chiles, you'll probably like this rambling drinking memoir.

The Good Drinker: How I Learned to Love Drinking Less

A friend of mine happened to be in York and was talking to a taxi driver about football,” Adrian says. He said he’s a West Brom supporter, and the taxi driver said, ‘Oh yeah that Adrian Chiles is a West Brom supporter and you often see him in the pubs in York’. Over the last few years he has cut down significantly though, as he tells in the personal chapters of the book which cover his whole drinking life, from his first teenage beers to today. I've occasionally been asked why it is that I need to go for a drink before watching the Albion play. Sitting alongside his propensity to admit his ignorance is an attractive willingness to listen to anyone, of any age or social station, who might tell him something meaningful .Personally I think he’s consumed such large quantities of alcohol in the past stopping altogether rather than drinking in “moderation” as he likes to describe it would be more sensible. This Black History Month, we’re spotlighting some of our brilliant non-fiction by Black female authors. Reading Chiles' book mad me realise that my drinking story was remarkably similar to his own, and I guess many readers will feel the same. Ever since he was a teenager, drinking was his idea of a good time - and not just his, but seemingly the whole nation's. If that’s the case then figure out which of the drinks, on any particular day, you’ll definitely enjoy and benefit from.

book The Good Drinker to Ilkley Adrian Chiles brings his book The Good Drinker to Ilkley

I would have given it more stars just for the enjoyment it brought but I'm conflicted about the whole thing.I also enjoyed Adrian's personal stories which made this far less like a medical self help guide and more just about his own journey with Alcohol, which many should relate to. Alcohol has been a constant backdrop to my life and although I can't say I have consumed as much as Adrian there were times during working my first job in Central London where a Thursday or Friday evening after work could see me drink 5-7 pints. Opening in 1963 New York, to Renaissance Florence, to the birth of theatre in fifth-century Athens, and the Sex Pistols shattering Thatcherite Britain - take your seat for the history of performance. It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times.

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