Float like a Butterfly, Drink Mint Tea is a must-read for anybody who is thinking about trying stand-up comedy, or cocaine. This book is not just about addiction; it’s a story of love, loss, laughter, stand-up comedy, and boxing. All in all, I think I was mentioned in this book just the right amount. – K. Trevor Wilson, comedian
A wildly disarming memoir by comedian Alex Wood on how he overcame his multiple addictions.
As an alcoholic, drug-addicted comedian with tendencies to over-indulge and under-achieve since he was a teenager, Alex Wood was on track for to achieve his greatest goals: to die young and drunk. At the age of twenty-eight, feeling desperate in the face of addiction and associated health problems (ulcers, pancreatitis) — which were compounded by the deaths of loved ones and even worse undiagnosed issues — he decided to do something he’d been doing all his life: fight.
Wood concocted a plan to quit not only alcohol and drugs, but everything else that he felt was holding him back: cigarettes, caffeine, red meat, dairy, sugar, social media, smartphones, porn, credit cards, nail-biting, and gossip. His biggest weapons? A pair of boxing gloves and plenty of peppermint tea. But as Wood soon learned, people don’t change overnight, and sobriety isn’t a linear journey; there’s heartbreak, relapses, and abuse along the way, but there’s also love, support, and lots of laughter. In this memoir, Wood wants to prove that people really can change, or go on a withdrawal-inspired murder spree, whichever comes first.
With plenty of self-effacing wit and grace, Float like a Butterfly, Drink Mint Tea tears down the walls of shame surrounding addiction, providing an honest and open portrait of the stakes involved when one is willing to quit everything to survive.