March is known as Women’s History Month. People make history for so many reasons and one space that has some amazing, inspirational, and powerful women is the alcohol-free and wellness space. People like Laura Mckowen, Khadi A. Oluwatoyin, Holly Whitaker, Catherine Gray, Ruby Warrington, and so many others are helping to break down the belief that we need alcohol to create a life worth living. These women are trailblazers, unashamedly defying societal norms and stating that we are in fact enough just the way we are. Check out our list of the top 25 alcohol-free women to follow.
TOP 25 ALCOHOL-FREE WOMEN TO FOLLOW
Sasha Tozzi is a recovery and lifestyle coach and an empowering and innovative writer. Her blog is dedicated to teaching others what she’s learned from her own addiction, mental health struggles, and bad decisions. She writes in a clever and relatable voice and offers tidbits and insights into her own soul.
Sasha describes herself as a quote junkie, a lover of the oxford comma, a whole-hearted INFP, and a believer in miracles that are beyond reasonable to most. Her goal in creating her blog was to help people recover themselves. She believes life is way too wonderful to spend it hating yourself.
The Sober Black Girls Club was founded by Khadi A. Oluwatoyin. She has created a community that provides resources and support to Black girls, womxn, femmes, and non-binary folks considering beautiful sober lives. From meetings and blogs to a YouTube channel, Khadi has created a community for a grossly underserved and underrepresented section of society. I was honored to meet and get to know Khadi when we both were featured on Red Table Talk with the inspiring and amazing women who run the show.
Dawn Nickel and Taryn Strong are the incredible mother/daughter duo behind She Recovers. The She Recovers ladies encourage all pathways of recovery and warmly welcome women who are recovering in all areas of their lives.
The site is open to all women in recovery. She Recovers features beneficial tools such as a reading room, recovery coach profiles, retreat information, and yoga insight. On top of all this, there are written pieces about topics such as gratitude and emotional reflections. Any woman who visits the She Recovers site will gain valuable insight into the world of recovery.
Listen to Dawn on Annie’s podcast
Recovery Rocks is co-hosted by recovery advocates Lisa Smith, a rock and roll-loving Gen X lawyer in 12-step recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs, and Tawny Lara, an equally rock-obsessed Millennial writer who found addiction recovery through blogging. Give them a couple of microphones and you get the Recovery Rocks podcast, a new kind of discussion about the issues impacting those who struggle and recover, reflecting different perspectives, but finding much in common.
Laura Mckowen might just be one of the greatest influencers and the most endearing alcohol-free women to follow. From books and blogs to the podcast and The Luckiest Club, Laura is invested in helping everyone discover who they really are. She says, “So many people, myself included, trudge through life never really knowing this. They have no idea how much potential lies within them. You deserve a magnificent life, a beautiful life, a life you are proud to call home.“
Listen to Laura on Annie’s podcast
Jes Valentine and Kate Zander are two friends who gave up drinking and started a podcast. They found that they were sick of going to a bar and watching their friends get drunk. Today they are creating a community focused on getting sober, talking about anything and everything that crosses their mind all while drinking seltzer.
The Unruffled is probably one of the most unique recovery blogs I have ever come across. It is a site devoted to unleashing your creative power.
Sondra Primeaux created The Unruffled in the hopes that the reader will:
“consume some art, ingest some words, and devour some impressions that may serve as a catalyst for your own creative start in your recovery.”
Sondra is a beautiful writer and posts unique content. Her writing includes posts about Michelle Obama, tarot cards, freak flags, and “How To’s” on creating unique art and clothing. She also hosted The Unruffled Podcast with Tammi Salas.
Jean McCarthy began her blog on the first day of her sobriety and has been writing ever since. Her site shares her own personal struggles, but also offers insightful and useful information on navigating through a sober life.
Her blog has touched the hearts of thousands of people. Jean is active in offering new content and refreshing revelations about sobriety. Jean is also the host of The Bubble Hour podcast – The “Bubble” is what we use to stay safe and happy in sobriety (especially early sobriety). We surround ourselves with things and people who bring us joy, laughter, and comfort. What do you put in YOUR bubble?
Created by Kirsten Walker, Sober Brown Girls Club is a space for sober and sober curious women of color to convene, discuss, and exchange ideas in a safe space. Kirsten says –
“There are so many sober rockstars out there! The problem is none of them looked like me! I sat and thought, “now I know good and well there are sober women out there that look like me..BROWN…but where are they”?
She writes about recovery and her journey and provides resources for others. I particularly connected with this article on parenting while sober.
The name, Holly Whitaker, is synonymous with changing the conversation about sobriety, addiction, and alcohol abuse. Holly wanted a modern, affordable, beautiful, accessible, empowering, self-directed recovery that reflected who she was as an individual – and that didn’t exist. So she created what she wished for. Holly believes that sobriety allows us to awaken to our best selves and it is actually our greatest gift. She is now a published author, blogger, podcaster, and more. Her latest endeavor is a new podcast, Quitted, with Emily Mcdowell.
One simply cannot begin to talk about alcohol-free women and not include Glennon Doyle on that list. Glennon overcame addiction at 26 and has revolutionized the world since. Best-selling author and champion of women – Glennon inspires and encourages women in all walks of life and through all of their struggles.
Ruby coined the term “sober curious” and has created a movement around it that includes books, a podcast, blogs, events, and more.
Ruby realized that you can not be a problem drinker and still have a problem with alcohol. She opened up the conversation around getting curious about living a life where alcohol wasn’t always there and such an important part of life. From there she has continued to ask questions that force others to get curious about all of the ways life can be different and better. Her podcast features guests not only from the alcohol-free community but also guests who help navigate subjects like eating disorders, toxic shame, and more.
Catherine Gray is the award-winning writer and editor of The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober. She has penned additional books since then and also regularly contributes articles to various publications. She willingly shares the story of consistently drinking a “life-endangering amount of alcohol” on podcasts and anywhere people will read or listen in the hope that others will discover for themselves the Unexpected Joy of Being Sober.
Clare is an author, speaker, and blogger. Her book, The Sober Diaries, is a must-read for women when they first begin the dive into quit-lit and her blog, Mummy Was A Secret Drinker allowed so many to connect and not feel alone on this journey. She continues to inspire and encourage women through her social media presence, her books, and her current blog.
Kristi Coulter is the author of the 2018 memoir-in-essays Nothing Good Can Come from This. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, New York Magazine/The Cut, The Awl, Elle, Amazon Original Stories, Glamour, Vox, The Mississippi Review, Longreads, and elsewhere. Her blog Off-Dry is a relevant and relatable story of what it’s like for a woman maintaining sobriety in a world that’s full of non-sober people and booze-filled events. Kristi is witty, clever, and unique. Each piece is titled with her day count and expresses her current feelings at that time in her sobriety. She’s written incredible pieces about “killing the yes” and her most recent piece is a progressive, modern-day online alcoholism self-assessment quiz for today’s women.
Olivia Pennelle is the writer behind the incredible blog, Liv’s Recovery Kitchen. Liv is a full-time writer and is in grad school to become a clinical social worker. She firmly believes we are experts in our own lives and should be the only person directing our recovery.
Liv initially recovered in AA, but decided to reclaim her agency and autonomy and lead a self-directed recovery that was fulfilling for her. She now supports individuals in that same process, if they want to leave 12-step recovery. She is also a full-time writer and graduate student working towards an MSW.
Jessica is a former party girl, popular DJ, and the creator of A Sober Girls Guide. Jessica’s purpose is to teach people how to not just survive through their life after getting sober but to thrive.
She writes –
“People say life is too short, I think the opposite. For most, life is too long. I have too much life to live to be involved with anything that isn’t adding to my life.”
Jessica is helping others through her book, blog, podcast, her online programs, and guiding others on how to live life as a sober girl.
Kelly Junco AKA The Sober Senorita describes herself as a reformed party girl. She is an advocate for women in sobriety and believes that “sobriety is self-love.” Her articles are always personal, but they offer a wide variety of useful tips on how to live a sober life.
She’s fun, expressive, and shows how you can live a life beyond your wildest dreams in sobriety. Kelly writes for various other publications, including The Huffington Post, where she has her own blog!
Shea Gomez is the woman behind No Booze Babes. No Booze Babes is a community celebrating beautiful booze-free lives in women.
Shea launched No Booze Babes upon reaching 6 months of sobriety. She struggled with her relationship with alcohol for years, but as a gray area drinker, she didn’t think her drinking was any different than the people she surrounded herself with. No Booze Babes features a blog, a podcast, and an inspiring and encouraging social media presence that you’ll want to make sure you’re following!
Shari Hampton brings us Served Up Sober, a company created for sober or sober curious women of color looking for healing and support. More than just a blog, Served Up Sober brings a plethora of resources to those seeking help and support. Events, a podcast, Facebook groups, book recommendations, music, and more combine so that those seeking help can feel supported in every aspect of their lives.
Tammi Salas’s blogs are some of the most visually appealing pieces I’ve ever read and witnessed. She’s not only a talented writer but a beautiful artist. The majority of her content is devoted to highlighting each month of her sobriety. When Tammi was first getting sober, she looked for resources that provided the feelings around each milestone of sobriety.
She created her blog in the hopes of providing others an insight into the feelings and experiences that are associated with each month of her sobriety. Tammi’s work highlights her artistic skills but also takes you through her real, intense, personal, and vulnerable feelings as it relates to her sobriety.
Laura Willoughby is behind the creation of Club Soda, an edgy, progressive, and welcoming community of people questioning their relationship with alcohol, along with being an author, MBE, and entrepreneur.
Laura continues to change the conversation around alcohol and encourages others to do the same. Through her blog posts, contributions to Club Soda, and other events she helps organize she is a lasting influence on the alcohol-free space.
Read some of Laura’s work here
Mandy and Kate are British mums whose journeys to change their drinking brought them together in an online sober community. After several starts and stops, they each found freedom from alcohol after reading This Naked Mind. The two became fast friends and have now co-authored a book and work together to help other women stop drinking.
Millie penned The Sober Girl Society Handbook which has inspired and started so many women on their own sober-curious journey.
Millie continues to support women on this journey through the Sober Girls society website that includes a community, blog post, tools, and events that members can join in on!
Finally, yours truly. Annie Grace is the writer behind This Naked Mind. Her book, with the same title, highlights a new approach. Involving the process of Liminal thinking, This Naked Mind focuses on understanding how we construct and change our beliefs in order to help gain freedom from alcohol. As opposed to teaching you how to be sober, Annie Grace shows you how the desire to drink can be removed.
She advocates that the focus is not on staying sober, but on living a life of freedom and joy. On her blog, Annie focuses on answering commonly asked questions related to alcohol, as well as offering a wide variety of “How To” articles as they relate to living an alcohol-free life. In addition, she also has a podcast, YouTube channel and regularly writes for other publications as well.
Read a book by one of the Alcohol-Free Women To Follow
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