10 Great Books About Giving Up Alcohol & Positive Sobriety

So you are interested in changing your mindset around alcohol and sobriety. Great! Alcohol does not need to have a place in your life if you do not want it to. In fact, there are a thousand reasons why your lifestyle, health and mindset could be so much better by eliminating alcohol from your diet.

Concerned about your drinking? Take a read of my article 30 signs you may have a problem with drinking.

Have you noticed that sober curiosity is on the up? So too is the cultural realisation that alcohol, even a small amount is counterintuitive to health and wellbeing. These 10 mainstream sober literature book titles with their cover blurbs about loving and living life sober and alcohol-free will help to expand your mind. Reading and listening to new titles has never been easier.

‘Change your mindset about alcohol and embrace a better lifestyle.

More energy, better sleep, less stress and what we all truly desire

… optimum health.

Dive right in! The best way to begin adjusting your mindset towards alcohol is to raise your awareness and understanding. Try setting yourself a goal to read a book a month for a few months if you’re serious about change. Whatever your focus is right now, cutting down, cutting out or starting an alcohol recovery then these great titles are for you.

Change your mindset about alcohol and embrace a better lifestyle. More energy, better sleep, less stress and what we all truly desire… optimum health.

My favourite titles

My favourite author on this list has to be the insightful and inspiring author Catherine Gray, author of The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober and Sunshine Warm Sober.

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Most of these titles can be found in your local bookstore, library, online, downloaded on Kindle or listened to on Audibles. You can also listen to many of these authors interviewed on guest podcasts 24/7.

PODCAST: Listen to Orlagh Reid talking about alcohol and Breaking the cycle of unhealthy habits on The Jessica Cooke Podcast.  

Here are 10 Great Books About Giving Up Alcohol & Positive Sobriety

The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober by Catherine Gray (2017)

The bestselling The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, Catherine Gray shines a light on society’s drink-pushing and talks to top neuroscientists and psychologists about why we drink, delving into the science behind what it does to our brains and bodies. Much more than a tale from the netherworld of addicted drinking, this book is about the escape, and why a sober life can be more intoxicating than you ever imagined. Whether you’re a hopelessly devoted drinker, merely sober-curious, or you’ve already ditched the drink, you will love this book.

Quit Like A Woman by Holly Whitaker (2020)

The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed With Alcohol

We live in a world obsessed with drinking.  As a society, we are obsessed with health and wellness, yet we uphold alcohol as some sort of magic elixir. Honest, witty and trenchant, Quit Like a Woman is at once a ground-breaking look at drinking culture, a call to arms, and a celebration of learning how to claim everything life has to offer.   

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Alcohol Explained by William Porter (2019)

Alcohol Explained is the definitive, ground-breaking guide to alcohol and alcoholism. It explains how alcohol affects human beings on a chemical, physiological and psychological level, from those first drinks right up to chronic alcoholism. Alcoholism and problem drinking seem illogical to those on the outside, indeed it is equally perplexing for the alcoholic or problem drinker.

This book provides a logical, easy-to-follow explanation of the phenomenon and detailed instructions on how to beat it. It is followed by Alcohol Explained 2, Tools for a Stronger Sobriety. Find it on AMAZON, Kindle and Audibles.

Sunshine Warm Sober by Catherine Gray (2022)

The long-awaited sequel to THE UNEXPECTED JOY OF BEING SOBER. This sequel enlists the help of experts and case studies, turning a curious, playful gaze into provocative questions. Is alcohol a parenting aid? Why are booze and cocaine such a horse and carriage? Once an addict, always an addict? How do you feel safe – from alcohol, others and yourself – in sobriety?

Whether you’re a dedicated boozehound, flirting with teetotalling, or already sober, this witty, gritty read may just change how you think about alcohol – forever.

The Sober Girl Society Handbook by Millie Gooch (2021)

Millie Gooch is the founder of the Sober Girl Society and is one of the voices leading the sobriety movement in the UK. As a journalist, she has written for a range of publications, and her campaigning work has been featured everywhere from ELLE and Stylist to the BBC and Evening Standard. The Sober Girl Society Handbook is her first book. #Voted an Independent best self-care book for 2021

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Sober Curious by Ruby Warrington (2019)

Drawing on research, expert interviews, and personal narrative, Sober Curious is a radical take down of the myths that keep so many of us drinking. Inspiring, timely, and blame-free, Sober Curious is both a conversation starter and handbook—essential reading that empowers readers to transform their relationship with alcohol, so we can lead our most fulfilling lives.

How to Change How You Drink by Brook Scheller (2024)

Are you sober curious? With Dr Brooke Scheller’s new programme, you can eat your way to a better relationship with drinking. How to Eat to Change How You Drink gives you all you need to know to understand and improve your drinking habits. This comprehensive book includes tips and tricks on mindfulness, meditation and complementary therapies and a 30-day plan that you can put into practice to change your lifestyle for the better and cut back for good. Eat yourself sober!   

The Alcohol Experiment by Annie Grace (2019)

The 30-day alcohol experiment promotes an alcohol-free lifestyle and interrupts your habits and helps you take control of your life. Changing your habits can be hard without the right tools. This is especially true for alcohol because habits are, by definition, subconscious thought processes.

Through her methodical research of the latest neuroscience and her own journey, Annie Grace has cracked the code on habit change by addressing the specific ways habits form. 

How to Be Sober and Keep Your Friends by Flic Everett

Turning down a drink isn’t easy. Not only do you have to deal with your own needs and desires for that chilled and glistening glass of white, you also have to tackle the: “Why aren’t you drinking?” “Are you pregnant?” “Go on… just one!” And the worst one of all: “You’re no fun without a drink!”

Well here’s the thing: you are fun! And this book shows you how and why you can still be the life and soul of the party, keep your friends, and not drink. 

Not Drinking Tonight by Amanda E. White

Not Drinking Tonight isn’t a program to stop drinking. It’s the first book to help you address the root issues that cause you to reach for a drink, and create a life you love-one that is not perfect but is messy and real and one you are fully present for. This title will help you to…

Find out why you drink. Whether it’s a glass of wine after work or a weekly bar crawl, your drinking habits can be the result of everything from biology to trauma.
Heal your relationship with alcohol. Understand how your relationships have been affecting your life, and learn how to set boundaries and create true self-care.
Build the sober life you love. Learn what comes next-how to maintain your social life, navigate sex and relationships, and love yourself.


Orlagh Reid Psychotherapy

Orlagh Reid

Orlagh Reid is an IACP accredited Counsellor & Psychotherapist, Addiction Counsellor, Gottman Couples Therapist and Fertility Counsellor in private practice based in Co. Kildare, Ireland and worldwide online via DOXY. She specialises in addiction, recovery, well-being and clinical sexology. To find out more or to book an online consultation visit www.orlaghreid.ie

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