January 11, 2022 – 11:30 GMT
The best sobriety books for a successful Dry January and beyond. From the quit lit book that featured in & Just Like That to The Sober Diaries, get all the teetotal advice and tips you need to quit alcohol…
Whether you’re taking part in Dry January, are on a health kick, or trying to be sober for good, the benefits of going teetotal are endless.
Some of our favourite celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Blake Lively and SATC star Kristin Davis lead alcohol-free lives, and if that’s not an advertisement for sober life, we’re not sure what is! As with any lifestyle change though, it can be tough. But these books hope to make it a little bit easier.
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Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol, Holly Whitaker
We have to start with the book Miranda chose for herself on one of the episodes of & Just Like That. Now a New York Times bestseller, we’re not surprised this was Miranda’s pick. Holly Whitaker is the founder of the first female-focused recovery program, and someone who has gone on the sobriety journey herself, so who better to learn from?
Quit Like a Woman by Holly Whitaker, £8.19/$7.88, Amazon
The Sober Diaries: How One Woman Stopped Drinking and Started Living, Clare Pooley
Less of an instruction manual and more of an inspirational tale, Clare Pooley, a high flying Cambridge-grad, career woman and mum of three kids, opens up about her transformation to sober life. Maybe the best option for those who are questioning their own drinking habits but not quite ready for a self-help book, Pooley weaves in research and advice such as: ‘How do I know if I’m drinking too much?’ and ‘What do I say to friends and family?’ for a much softer approach.
The Sober Diaries by Clare Pooley, £7.94/$16.19, Amazon
Alcohol and You: How to Control and Stop Drinking, Lewis David
A definite self-help book, this one is for those who like a plan of action to stick to. Core learnings include how to self-diagnose alcohol dependence, medications and strategies to help deal with cravings, as well as providing details for the best, free support to help maintain your progress over time.
Alcohol and You by Lewis David, £10.30/$26.54, Amazon
The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, Catherine Gray
A Sunday Times Bestseller, The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober …….