Sober Curious? Good Self-help Reads About Alcohol and Sobriety for Women

Women are exploring their relationship with alcohol with increasing energy and emphasis on health promotion. The self-help and health book genres reflect just that. Sober curiosity, sober curious, mindful drinking, mindful absence, alcohol-free (AF), non-alcohol, sober life and sober living. All new terms you may have heard of in recent years… or not just yet. Bookstores to my delight are filled with popular science, self-help, recovery, positive psychology, biographies, and sober curious books for women (and mothers) of all ages.

So, if you are contemplating your relationship with alcohol, dive right in and start changing your relationship with alcohol, choose non-alcoholic, be sober curious and embrace the unexpected joy of being sober.

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Women are taking the blinkers off. New trends and changes in attitudes towards alcohol consumption and its impact on the body and brain are positive for women’s health and wellbeing. You don’t have to be a problem drinker to give up alcohol and change your relationship with it. Similarly, you don’t have to jump straight into an alcohol treatment plan or check into a rehab because you want or need to stop drinking. There are lots of options to explore and consider. If you are one of the many women who is adjusting, changing and reassessing your relationship to alcohol – then these authors can help bring focus and clarity. Want to talk about your alcohol use? Get in touch and shine a spotlight on alcohol in your life click here.

My Book Lover Tips!

Whatever your focus is right now, cutting down, cutting out or starting an alcohol recovery programme then these good reads are chosen by me, for you. Inform yourself by reading and focusing on changing your mindset, making decisions and setting simple goals about alcohol. Conscious mindful changes.

‘Reading about alcohol and sobriety lifts the shame and loneliness from problem alcohol use, empowering women to make informed, mindful and conscious choices about the role of alcohol in their life.

Shake it up! Read different types of related reading to diversify the information, voices, stories and expert opinions about alcohol and sobriety. Play around with what works best for you and your lifestyle – paperback, kindle or audio. Don’t forget the podcasts! Most authors will interview regularly to promote their books so you can listen to their interviews before and after you read the title.

My favourite author on this list has to be the insightful and inspiring author Catherine Gray, author of The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, The Unexpected Joy of Being Single and Sunshine Warm Sober. Many of these authors have a strong social media presence so don’t forget to follow them for updates.

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

Choose Paperback, Kindle or Audible

These recent popular selected books can be found in your local bookstores and online. For convenience, you can download them instantly now on your Kindle or the Kindle app on your phone and tablet. If you love to listen to books like me because life is busy, consider listening on Audible, the monthly subscription is cost-effective. It is quick to get through books and convenient. Listen anytime, anywhere, while taking a walk, commuting, in the gym or resting before bed. Fast reader? Try using a local library to obtain books and also enjoy their quiet spaces for reading as an escape.

Good Self-help Reads for Women About Alcohol and Sobriety

Here are the latest books and good self-help reads for women about alcohol and sobriety with their book blurbs and reviews to get absorbed in. Happy reading.

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

This inspirational, aspirational and highly relatable narrative champions the benefits of sobriety with a three-pronged approach combining the author’s personal experience, factual reportage and contributions from expert sources and self-help advice for anyone who wants to reduce their alcohol intake or eliminate it completely. The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober is the new bible of sobriety available in your local book store, online and on AMAZON

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

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)

Now also available in an expanded edition. 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. 

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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

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