Raising the Bottom: Making Mindful Choices in a Drinking Culture

Raising the Bottom: Making Mindful Choices in a Drinking Culture

by Lisa Boucher


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Have you ever wondered if social drinking has unintended consequences to your health, family, relationships, or your profession? Have you ever thought that losing control of your drinking couldn’t happen to you or someone you love? All the women you know are too smart. Too rich. Too kind. Too together. Too much fun. Pick one.

We live in a boozy culture, and the idea of women and wine has become entrenched. Is your book club really a “wine club”? Do you crave the release a drink can bring to cope with anxiety, parenthood, the pressures of being a mom, a wife/partner, a professional? In Raising the Bottom , mothers, daughters, health professionals, and young women share their stories of why they drank, how they stopped, and the joys and rewards of being present in their lives once they kicked alcohol to the curb.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631522147
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 601,330
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

After short stints training polo horses, working as a flight attendant, hairdresser, and bartender, she revamped her life and settled in as a registered nurse. For the past twenty-seven years she has worked with hundreds of women to help them overcome alcoholism, live better lives, and become better parents. Now a multi-award-winning author, Raising the Bottom is her fifth book. She is the mother of twin sons, and lives in Ohio with her husband.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 Crazy Is Normal, Right? 1

2 Blessed Break 27

3 Early Last Call 37

4 Raising the Bottom 49

5 I'm Supposed to Be Happy. So Why Am I Crying? 57

6 Women and Alcohol: It's Complicated 74

7 Flag's A-Flyin' and I'm Still Lyin 87

8 What Your Kids Say about You and Your Drinking 98

9 One Step at a Time 114

10 Heroin Heartbreak: One Mothers Perspective 125

11 Don't Be a Violet 135

12 Out of the Grave 151

13 Doctors, Nurses, Hospitals, and Health Care 161

14 Spirit in the Rocks and Wind 171

Note to Readers 178

15 Model Surgeon, Kidnapped! 180

16 All-American 189

17 Hurry, Drunk Dial Now! 195

18 Who, Me? Self-Supporting? 202

19 Saucy Socialite 210

20 Naughty in Nebraska 216

21 Babies and Booze 221

22 I Said I Do (Until I Don't Anymore) 229

23 Just Beer 237

24 The Gin Stole the Gems 243

Twelve Steps 249

Acknowledgments 251

Notes 253

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Raising the Bottom: Making Mindful Choices in a Drinking Culture 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite Raising the Bottom: Making Mindful Choices in a Drinking Culture by Lisa Boucher is a very useful tool for readers struggling with alcohol addiction, a book that brings together stories and lessons from women, young and old —grandmothers, career professionals, and young moms — who have suffered from alcoholism and who have had the courage to regain their freedom. In these pages readers will absorb interesting stories, understanding the negative effects of alcohol on the life of the addicted, and how this affects their relationships and overall health. They will understand how social drinking can quickly escalate into a serious addiction problem. Most importantly, they will learn what it is like to survive in a culture and a society that breeds addicts and that encourages alcohol. Lisa Boucher’s book is purpose-driven, both informative and entertaining, with well-crafted stories that will keep the reader turning the pages. The friendly writing style makes the message of the book accessible to ordinary readers. The prose flows gracefully and the theme of alcoholism is explored from different angles. Readers will be absorbed by the strong narrative voice and moved by the compelling message. Unlike most self-help books in this category, Raising the Bottom: Making Mindful Choices in a Drinking Culture educates readers by confronting them with the reality as mirrored through the lives of characters they can so easily relate to. Each story has a powerful message and the reader will enjoy the courage that comes across in these stories. This is a great gift, a wonderful offering to people who are struggling to break free from the grip of alcohol.