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Sam Cowen opens up about beating alcohol addiction in From Whiskey to Water

My name is Samantha and I’m an alcoholic.

From Whiskey to WaterFrom Whiskey to Water is the no-holds-barred memoir by beloved radio talk show host Sam Cowen:

Having kept her alcohol addiction well away from the public eye for over 14 years, in this tell-all tale Cowen finds the courage to talk about her struggle with her addiction to whiskey, food and finally to a passion that saved her life – marathon swimming. Told in her characteristically hilarious deadpan style, this is one of the bravest books you’ll read this year.

“So this is a book on how I stopped drinking? No, it’s not. It’s how I stopped drinking, started eating, became clinically severely obese, stopped eating (everything that wasn’t nailed down) and swam my way to freedom. No, it’s not. It’s actually about addiction and learning and sadness and anxiety and love and drive. It’s about channelling the unchangeable into the miraculous. It’s about dragons and learning how to put them to sleep when you can’t slay them. It’s about being my own Daenarys.”

If you’re battling with addiction or looking for inspiration on self-acceptance then this is a book you should pick up … it’s about trying to swop being perfect for being human, a daily challenge. - Woman and Home

About the author

Sam Cowen is the longest-running female morning show host in the country, having worked Joburg’s biggest breakfast show on 94.7 for over 18 years with Jeremy Mansfield and Darren Whackhead Simpson. In 2015 she replaced Jenny Crwys-Williams on the wildly popular 1 PM – 3 PM slot on 702. She currently co-hosts the Weekend Breakfast Show on 702/Cape Talk with Africa Melane. Sam is also the bestselling author of Waiting for Christopher and Good Enough Mother, two popular books on motherhood.

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