4 out of 4 stars
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All good things are good in moderation, and all harmful things are harmful from the first drop. Elvi L.J. brings forth compelling arguments and facts about alcoholism and sobriety. Sober Focus is a short read consisting of sixteen chapters divided into two parts. The first eight chapters discuss the relationship between alcohol and society, while the rest center on understanding and overcoming alcoholism. The book seeks to bust popular myths and absurdities, such as the positive benefits of drinking. Additionally, it discusses the theory of abstinence/sobriety versus that of responsible drinking.
The book is systematic and specific as it outlines issues such as the effect of alcohol consumption on different parts of the body like the liver, brain, nervous system, and heart. How the male and female bodies respond differently to ethyl alcohol and how ultimately the vice destroys families and subsequent generations. The read also boldly discusses the role of the media and movie industry in portraying alcohol consumption as necessary and fashionable as well as falsified scientific research and Biblical misinterpretations. All these efforts are to ensure an increase in the customer base and profits for the liquor industry. The book, however, positively concludes with the benefits of living a sober life and steps one can take to overcome the vice and repair fractured relationships.
The book is factual and specific in its illustrations and examples. For instance, when discussing the outcomes of alcohol consumption, each consequence is listed against the exact liters of pure alcohol. The author asks deep questions and does not shy away from conveying brutal and uncomfortable truths, making the read profound and thought-provoking. The literature also includes appropriate graphs and other pictorial representations that give evidence to the writing, making the information authentic and dependable.
The aspect of the book I love most is the friendly and optimistic approach it takes, as opposed to being argumentative or confrontational. The book does not rebuke or criticize; it instead presents the facts in a manner that allows the reader to internalize and decide on their truths. I equally love how the author boldly mentions the stakeholders involved in spreading fallacies and false research. I enjoyed the read and found nothing to dislike; however, I noted that the writings on some of the illustrations are either too small or blurred to read. It would be ideal if the author improved on that. I also noted that most of the research is old, with very few references from this past decade (2010-2020). Therefore, the information may not accurately present today's situation.
Sober Focus is excellently edited; I found no grammatical or spelling errors. The language employed is simple and with some scientific terms which have accompanying definitions. There are few references of Biblical verses and stories, which those of the Christian faith may understand better. However, this does not deter anyone of any religion or non-religion from reading and gaining from the book. I, therefore, give Sober Focus a rating of 4 out of 4 stars and recommend it to anyone looking for an insightful and informative read about the undeniable power and influence of alcohol.
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