5 books that can help you kick alcohol

I journaled, read, and listened, devouring self-help guides, so-called “quit lit” memoirs, and books that blended both. Some were light, some literary. But all offered a new perspective on my drinking and our drinking culture. Here are 5 books that can help you kick alcohol.

5 Books That Can Help You Kick Alcohol

First, try this if you’re looking for a fiery, feminist take on women and alcohol

The book that famously inspired Chrissy Teigen to quit drinking. Holly Whitaker’s “Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice Not to Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol” is a funny, unflinching look at alcohol’s ubiquity in our culture — as well as her own life.

Or in contrast, if you’re craving an ultra-readable memoir with an optimistic outlook

Laura McKowen starts her 2020 memoir, “We Are the Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life,” with her brother’s wedding in 2013. There she left her 4-year-old daughter alone in a hotel room overnight “because I was blackout drunk.”. A night that should have been her proverbial rock bottom — but wasn’t, not yet.

If you’re searching for a memoir from a Black writer who’s in recovery

Alcohol and drug addiction are just one layer of “Punch Me Up to the Gods,” a vivid coming-of-age story by Brian Broome.

If you’d like a self-help guide to remake your beliefs around alcohol

Annie Grace wants to forever change how you think about alcohol. Turning it from a tasty source of liquid courage into a dangerous poison that’s keeping you from being healthy, present, and relaxed.

Along the way, her book “The Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness and Change Your Life” answers common concerns about quitting. How will my partner react? How can I keep my friends or make new ones? Her conversational style suits the audiobook format.

“Alcohol erases a bit of you every time you drink it. It can even erase entire nights when you are on a binge. Alcohol does not relieve stress; it erases your senses and ability to think. Alcohol ultimately erases your self.”

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Finally, If you’re attracted to the myth of the alcoholic genius

A blend of memoir, cultural analysis, and literary criticism, Leslie Jamison’s “The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath” looks at the stories we tell about addiction and recovery. Researching the works and lives of literary masters, including John Berryman and Raymond Carver, Jamison teases apart the myth that booze-fueled their creativity.

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