HOLY F**K @holly. What did you do? Quit Like a Woman by Holly Whittaker. It’s raging and sweary and it damn well should be. She so magnificently takes on alcohol and the alcohol industry and kicks it ass. Back up with a huge amount of research and scientific evidence, along with her own story, it’s the perfect amount of memoir paired with indisputable facts. This book. Wow, this book understands that there are not just “normal” drinkers and raging alcoholics. (That’s right, we are not all like Nicholas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas). The exploration of the alcohol industry and its similarities to the tobacco industry is superb and the control the alcohol industry has is frightening. Holly (If i may? Please be my friend) talks so eloquently about how women have been conned into thinking that drinking is some kind of act of empowerment. If you’ve heard of Goop and Ms Paltrow then she also has some truths about that. I’ll leave the AA discussion that threads through the book for you to read. This work is a feminist model of recovery but this is not just for women, not just for addicts. This read is for everybody. It is quite simply utterly brilliant. For all of you struggling right now: “Never Question the Decision “ ❤️#quitlikeawoman #quitlit #sober #soberlife #readersofinstagram #bookreview #alcoholfree #soberinspiredpirates #sobriety #sobrietysisters #neverquestionthedecision
Known as quit lit in the sober and alcohol free world, it is a growing genre of memoir and scientific fact based writing which can be extremely helpful. There should be something for everyone to relate to in terms of experience and writing style. Some are easier to read than others and included in these reviews are books on self-care and other nuggets of wisdom that may be helpful.
Podcasts are a growing form of communication and just about everyone who is anyone has chucked their hat in the ring. For alcohol specific they are more limited but still a good range. My advice would be don’t just stick to the ones directly related to alcohol. There are so many good things to listen to out there, don’t limit yourself. This range tends to cover exercise and mental health too.
Alcohol Explained by William Porter. And it really is. This is such a no nonsense approach that I almost want to put my review in bullet points. This book is extremely easy to read and this is helped by its font, spacing and bright white pages. When you are reading to understand a complex subject, believe me, these things make all the difference. Mr Porter is logical, pragmatic and completely unemotional (I mean that in a good way). So much of quit lit is memoir based and this very definitely isn’t. My favourite quote of the book is “Alcohol does not make things interesting, it makes your brain stupid” - how true is that? This book is broken down into some short, sensible chapters, allowing the reader to reflect more easily on what they have just learned. The chapters around Fading Affects Bias are very particularly helpful This is a serious approach to a serious subject that makes perfect sense. I must say I was surprised to see the film Trolls make an appearance but the analogy works well!! If you are looking to stop drinking I would say this is a must, especially if you really want to understand the cycle of what keeps us going back to the very thing we say we don’t want to do anymore. This is an essential guide, not the author’s story. @alcoholexplained #williamporter #soberlife #quitlit #bookreview #alcoholfree #soberoctober #sobriety
An invitation to self care. I know podcasts aren’t for everyone but Mo Gawdat, host of SLO Mo has become part of my self care these days. Mo used to be Chief Business Officer at Google X and developed an algorithm for happiness, something had to put into practice after the death of his son. Slo Mo invites us to all slow down (nobody needs to ask me twice!) Essentially these are interviews with his friends and he knows some vey wise people. These are not slick and sharp in production but unpolished, genuine and joyous. Mo is a bit like a soothing cup of tea. He is, for want of better words, very sweet. As with all podcasts I would never recommend binge listening (it’s not like watching Netflix) but do listen to Dr Tal Ben- Shahar “Three Secrets to Happy Life” in which Mo tells us “the media is not a mirror but a magnifying glass” something to remember in these very strange times. I listened to a couple while gardening yesterday and had a rather lovely Ginger Beer by Francis Hartridge. Not a brand I had heard of before. I’m a massive Ginder Beer fan and loved this. Not overly fiery but packed with flavour and very smooth. A sunny afternoon well spent. @mo_gawdat @happiness.studies.academy @francis_hartridges #positivevibes #alcoholfreeliving #sobriety #soberinspiredpirates #gingerbeer #selfcare #popcastreview #soberliving #loveyourself #alcoholfreeday #borderterriersofinstagram @solve.for.happy
Self-Care for the Real World by Nadia Narain and Katia Narian Phillips. Before I start, I cannot state enough how important self care is. Now, it really does all depend in which real world you live in to how effective this book might be. I suspect most of us don’t live in the same one that they do. This is a fabulous yet totally unrealistic book about self-care. On one hand, everything they say is absolutely true and I love that the book is split in to five really good sections; Love, Hope, Peace, Joy and Light. At its heart, this book means very well. But mostly, the self-care advocated here is really needed by those that don’t have either the time or resource to achieve it. This is the book version if Instagram, in that it looks beautiful, offers great advice (albeit a bit cliched) but sadly it isn’t reality (well not mine). I would love this to be my real world - but mine doesn’t involve watercress, pear and fennel juice or rose chia overnight oats. There just isn’t the time for massage to be an essential part of my life right now either. All of that said, I love having this on my bookshelf and dipping in and out for ideas of how to love myself just that little bit more. Pay special attention to the bit about finding your tribe, Essential life advice I think. The fact that Kate Moss says she “wants to give this book to everyone I know” is the perfect statement to demonstrate just how many real worlds there are. Perhaps the best self-care we can all do is not to compare ourselves to others. #selfcare #soberlife #alcoholfree #alcoholfreeliving #boozefree #winefree #loveyourself #bekindtoyourself #soberinspiredpirates #soberoctober #glowsober #neverquestionthedecision
This Naked Mind by @thisnakedmind Annie Grace convinced me through her straight talking and scientific explanations. (Constantly referring to alcohol as poison helped quite a lot too!) It’s not for the faint hearted and she pulls no punches, there is no sugar coating, it is just truth that I didn’t want to hear. This book makes a huge amount of sense. I think the separation between the conscious and unconscious mind really helped me to understand that I was so heavily influenced by the idea of what drinking could do for me by advertising and media that I never imagined there could be another way. Now I know there is a secret world out there where I’m not just waiting until 5.00 to have a drink. It really is an impressive book and for those of you that need a good amount of fact rather than just memoir then this is for you #anniegrace #thisnakedmind #glowsober #sober #happy #quitlitreview #quitlit #soberlifestyle #soberliving #stopdrinking #alcoholfreelifestyle #bestlife #alcoholispoison #alcoholfreeliving #alcoholfree ❤️
The Sober Diaries by Clare Pooley. If you are a middle class, with children and drinking copious amounts of wine every day, then this is the book for you. If you are a single parent, just single, a man, shattered, really skint or do not have access to friends who are in helpful places, then it might not. That probably sounds a little unfair. The Sober Diaries is another memoir but not one that I could relate to. Yes, I spent way too much time drinking when my son was small. But I was single, very poor and made such dreadful, irreparable mistakes that will haunt me forever and from that perspective I could not find a connection. Despite that lack of personal connection I do recommend it, mostly because of the second half of the book (I won’t give it away) Even though I read it very recently it is one of the elders of the quit lit genre (2017) and Clare has done a phenomenal amount of good by writing it and it is for many reasons an important book. The Sober Diaries has that Bridget Jones feel to it. Not just because it’s a diary and very easy to read but because its written with a good amount of humour, something much needed when trying to give up drinking. There are some great, well researched scientific facts woven throughout coupled with warm descriptions of a beautiful family life and I think this is why it is appealing to so many women. Just as I was beginning to think that this was a little bit like looking at someone else’s (much nicer) holiday pictures, right near the end, it got me. And it made me cry, because it made me ask something of myself that I had not done before. Picture the young you she said, and she broke me. A well-meaning, well-researched memoir and a good way to ease yourself in to quit lit. @clare_pooley #soberdiaries #soberlife #soberliving #alcoholfree #alcoholfreelife #quitlit #quitlitreview #sobrietyrocks #givingupalcohol #boozefree #memiors #diaryofadrinker #sobrietysupport #quitdrinking #sobercurious #selfcaredaily
LoveSober Podcast hosted by Kate Baily and Mandy Manners. I happened upon this by chance and I am so glad I did. I’m still binge listening to these and they are brilliant, but I want to focus on just one. It is Kate being interviewed by Mandy. Of all the interviews, memoirs, Tedtalks and everything else I currently ingest to keep me on the right path, this really resonated with me. I’m not sure Kate realises when she is talking but what she describes is losing her friend, the thing that had kept her going. She is talking about grief and loss and the world you need to rebuild without your perceived friend by your side. Kate was a journalist (but don’t let that put you off) as she is also refreshingly normal. And by that I mean her struggles are ones so easy to relate to (making constant promises to herself, self-loathing, loneliness and isolation). She wasn’t a chronic alcoholic who needed rehab and very well explains her gradual affair with alcohol and how it crept up on her (like it does for most of us). The story is about the tales we tell ourselves about our own relationship with drinking. Her quest for help, her knowing that she had a problem and the lack of understanding from the medical and recovery services she tried so clearly demonstrates how we perceive problems with alcohol in the UK. Given that most of us are in that grey area, this is a very real issue. The thoughts she describes leading up to her decision to give up for good could have been said by me and so many others. Her interaction with Soberistas sounds like it was instrumental in supporting her journey through the community it afforded her. I know I say it a lot but find your tribe people – it is so important. So far in my very extensive research is the voice that made the most sense to me. Kate and Mandy – thank you for this. I am so glad I found you. @lovesober.cic @mandymannerscoach @katebailycoach #podcastersofinstagram #podcastreview #alcoholfree #sobercurious #soberlife #recovery #neverquestionthedecision #selfcare #lovesober #soberistas #soberinspiration #soberinspiredpirates #alcoholfreelife #soberoctober #soberlifestyle #boozefree #recoverywarrior #soberfriends
Blackout - Remembering the things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola. This book terrified me but it was brilliant. It reads like a novel and one can be forgiven for forgetting that it’s not made up! I love this book because of its honesty and there are some truly touching moments that left me teary (no spoilers!) Also, she articulates so well the relationships women have with each other and how alcohol blinds you to other people’s problems as you become the centre and only thing of importance in your own universe. Hepola is very good at building up the romantic ideas we attach to drinking and then tearing them down, just as inevitably happens when one drink turns into one bottle and so forth. I really couldn’t recommend this book highly enough. It was the final nail in the coffin of my misguided and damaging love affair with alcohol. #glowsober #sober #quitlit #stayingsober #alcoholfree @thesarahhepolaexperience thank you for sharing #sobercurious #alcoholfreelife #quittingdrinking #sarahhepola
Who listens to podcasts? They are my newest obsession and can’t run or work without them! My new favourite of the moment is @elizabday #howtofailwithelizabethday She has such a wide range of guests all sharing their top 3 failures. It’s so powerful and for those of us who love to be identified by our failures rather than our successes, then this is a must. Turns out everybody “fails” and in the end it’s often the catalyst for the success we associate with the stories we hear. Day talks about her own perceived failures with grace and dignity and is not afraid of a good amount of hero worship when she engages with her guests. Turns out I like a bit of failure after all. It makes for some great life lessons, lots of laughs, a good amount of tears but most of all real humility, which frankly, most of us could do with. My absolute favourite is @mo_gawdat I felt an instant connection having lost my own son when he was just 22 and Mo tragically lost his son when he was only 21. Mo developed an algorithm for happiness and then had to live his own hypothesis. Just a brilliant man with his own podcast called Slo Mo (that’s for another day) @howtofailpod slomo #podcast #humility #failure #failureispartofsuccess #howtofailpodcast #glowsober #lifelessons #happiness ❤️
My first Instagram Post!! Welcome to Glowsober. I’m 50 days sober and that might not sound like much but it is! This is the first #quitlit I read. The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober by @unexpectedjoyof is exactly as it says - unexpected and joyful. Travelling the journey with her in honesty, sadness, and at some points, hilarious and pathetic was exactly what I needed. Even if you don’t want to give up alcohol, it’s worth the read for anyone just doing tough right now. Makes you realise nothing is at it seems and the glamour of what appears to be a glamorous life really isn’t that at all. I have much to thank this book and its author for. ❤️ #glowsober #catherinegray #soberseptember#sobercurious #soberoctober #alcoholfreeliving #bliss #quitlitreview #soberlife #gosoberforoctober #memoirs #unexpectedjoyofbeingsober #soberlifestyle #boozefreelife #quitdrinking #sobercurious #selfcareforthesobercurious #instasober #quitlit
The Easy Way to Control Alcohol by Allen Carr. This is the book that I have noticed is most referred to by nearly every other book from the quit lit genre I have read. His principles are to be found in one way or another in all of them, even if he or is book are not mentioned by name. What I didn’t know about Carr is how dryly funny he is. It isn’t the easiest book to read and his cultural references are a little dated now, but I don’t mind that. For a small book, it is dense and richly populated by many an idea, theory and question. The premise, in a nutshell, is that we have all been fooled in to thinking that drinking alcohol is the answer to all our problems. He unpicks each idea and turns it on its head with sensible rationale as to why the well-worn arguments do not work. By the end of the book, I actually felt embarrassed that I had ever drunk alcohol at all. I also felt like I’d had a right good telling off too! This is an absolute must read for anyone committed to giving up drinking but struggling to do so. Allen Carr is the Mr Miyagi (a really old cultural reference – look it up kids) of the Alcohol Free world, but he uses many, many more words. I can’t help but wonder how he and Charles Bukowski would have gotten along…. @allencarrseasyway #quitlit #neverquestionthedecision #sobercurious #soberoctober #charlesbukowski #allencarr #bookreview #soberlife #instasober #soberselfcare #nodrinking #revovery #soberrevolution #mustreadbooks #soberistas #readersofinstagram #af #sobrietyrocks #iusedtodrink #trydry #bestlife #giveitaglow #glowsober #glowup #befree #bekindtoyourself #bukowski
Escape Route by Jen Crawley. There is something not quite right about this book. I can’t find out anything about the author at all (if somebody out there knows then do enlighten me. Escape Route is self-published and there is nothing wrong with that (William Porter and Annie Grace both did amazing jobs). I suspect this book did not have an editor. The thing that really bothers me is I just do not know if it is true and I really need my memoirs to be credible to connect with them. There is something about the language and the style that leads me to believe that this is written by a man….(Yes, yes I know I shouldn’t gender but it is what I think and I want to be proven wrong). In some ways it feels like the author read the best pieces of advice about getting sober and then wrote a story around them. If I am way off the mark, then I do sincerely apologise to Ms Crawley but I can’t get this uncomfortable feeling about this book to go away. I can’t tell where it’s set and it’s quite thin on detail in parts and then way too much in others. There are many American spellings but then lots of English colloquialisms. Mum and Mom are both used throughout, and pubs rather than bars feature heavily. I assume it’s an American author, but the truth is I just don’t know. The second half of the book is better – the advice is good for anyone who is looking to quit drinking, but it is all so formulaic and anyone who is a trained life coach or sober coach will recognise them instantly. I do like the house plant theory though, reminded me of the end of 28 days and how I’ve always been rubbish with house plants. I absolutely admire and respect anyone who shares their sober story so please forgive me this review. There is just something about this book that doesn’t sit well.
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Happy Place Podcast. Fearne Cotton interviewing Gabby Bernstein. Who believes in serendipity? No, not that awful film with John Cusack, but a chance happening leading to something good or positive. Well I don’t, but I feel the universe is trying to change my mind. I was having a truly bad day yesterday with crippling self-doubt. Very few likes and even fewer recent followers had begun to make me think that I am wasting my time and there is just no interest in what I am trying to do. And then, by accident, while out running and trying to put on a running podcast, I pressed play on this one instead. Gabby Bernstein waves her sobriety like a proud flag (as we all should) and speaks about all the positivity that has happened in her life since her decision to quit drinking. What I like about this is it begins with the decision to get sober but then it focuses on how to stop the harsh self-judgement within us all. The one we can no longer block out without our addiction of choice. The one we face daily. There is just no hiding place from our harshest critic (ourselves) as we relive our mistakes and tell ourselves that we should live in shame, guilt and self-hatred. Rather than trying to avoid any of these feelings, she is an advocate of facing them and not letting your past dictate your future. She says near the end “Be grateful for the tough stuff because it reveals to us what we still need to show up for” I do not subscribe to everything she says but what I do know is on a frankly, really shitty day, this appeared (so maybe I do, maybe it was a sign). Step into the sunshine and stare your shame in the face. It is 48 minutes long, you never know, it might be just what you need. @happyplaceofficial @fearnecotton @gabbybernstein #podacsterforinstagram #sobermilestones #lawofattraction #soberrevolution #soberrecovery #happysober #sobersoul #sobersisters #happyplace #gabbybernstein #superattractor #sobertogether #lovesober #alcoholfreelife #sobergratitude #sobermotivation #sobercurious #choosesober #soberchoices #noalcoholneeded #soberistas #gratitude #instasober #soberlisten #sobertribe #recoveryfriends
We Are the Luckiest by Laura McKowan. I adore this book and I do not want to come across as sycophantic so I will try to remain objective. I think it was the beauty, honesty and rawness of the writing that made me love it, no, respect it as I do. Yes, it’s another memoir, and the quit lit world is full of them, but this one is different. It’s not in any way cute, funny or twee. I do think these traits seem to be reserved for a lot of the British quitmoirs (I have just invented this word. It should need no explanation). While she was talking to the reader, she was also in conversation with herself. A nod perhaps to the interior fight and the exterior façade we all have when struggling to get and stay sober. The vulnerability she displays in her writing is both admirable and reassuring which made it a whole lot easier for me to be honest with myself. The chapter “Stop Getting on The Train” was a big wake up call. It’s an acknowledgment of the new order of things and yes, you do have to give up your old life and that after all, is why we are reading these books and trying to change. This chapter is a pivotal moment in the book and McKowan asserts that the metaphor is obvious, and it is, but only when you have stopped getting on the train. It must have been hard to write this, to admit all of those truths, but the result is authentic, and you can feel her soften toward herself as the book progresses. She quotes Khalil Gilbran “The deeper that the sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain” I will carry this with me and remember that within me there is capacity for love, forgiveness and happiness and I hope that these will equate to joy someday. A little further on she quotes from the Gospel of Thomas “If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you” These carefully picked quotes so eloquently sewn together with the wonderful writing of the author have left me in awe. I applaud how McKowan articulated her deceit, shame and bravery to make a compelling, intelligent and inspirational read. @laura_mckowen @theluckiestclub
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The Sober Survival Guide by Simon Chapple. This is another self-published book. I am always happy to review these as anyone who takes the time to write a book and believe in it enough to invest in publishing it has my respect. The book had a foreword for the queen of Quit Lit, Annie Grace, so I was expecting a lot. If you are thinking about giving up drinking or brand new to sober, this might help. At times it feels like more of an instruction manual/marketing brochure but there are some good nuggets. It is a very quick book to read with the shortest “chapters” of any book I have ever read. It covers many things, none of which seem to be in any great detail so in that respect, it is easy to dip in and out. The book is full of Facebook posts from the author’s own group but that is no bad thing – it is always helpful to get as much support and advice as possible. Simon Chapple appears to have a good following, so this style definitely works for some. As with Alcohol Explained, it lacks the emotional depth and connection that I need (which is why I am a fan of the quitmoir – yes, my word, and I love it). But if you need a straightforward, simple introduction to sober life with some words of wisdom from others in the same boat then I think this is a good place to start. Also, I believe you can get the first 10 chapters for free but I will leave Mr Chapple to share that link should he wish.
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The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober by Catharine Gray. This was the first sober book I read and the first review I ever did. I have recently revisited it. I soon knew these books for be affectionately know as quit lit. And I have now coined my own new word – Quitmoir. The memoir of quitting (I know! It’s both obvious and genius, right?) This book is exactly as it says - unexpected and joyful. Travelling the journey with her in her honesty, shame, sadness, and at some points, hilarious and pathetic was exactly what I needed. Even though I am not a journalist, nor do I have an interesting job or life for that matter, I found a lot to relate to and Gray writes with a wit and charm that gave me hope. She made realise my life without alcohol could, no would be okay. She also made realise nothing is at it seems and the glamour of what appears to be a glamorous life really is not that at all. If you are sober curious or in the early days of sobriety then do give it a read. This book gave me the foundation upon which I have continued to read a vast array of quit lit in all its glorious forms. It eased me in, held me up and I have much to thank this book and its author for. @unexpectedjoyof
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The Chimp Paradox by Professor Steve Peters. I reviewed this a while ago but definitely worth a revisit. Probably not recognised as quitlit but it should be. This has so much to give and it is so easy to read. Who doesn’t love a book about complicated stuff that is explained by cute and silly pictures? It also has lots of key points and summary sections - so helpful with science talk. The premise is that our minds have three separate areas. The human, computer and chimp. The human is you, making normal decisions, having normal thoughts etc. The computer is data storage - everything you know and remember. And then there is the chimp, the emotional, irrational, loud, naughty and disruptive chimp. He lives in the limbic part of the brain and he is the one that largely controls your emotional responses to the world. I realised when reading this book that my chimp was in total control of my thinking. My responses to everything where over emotional. I was that person shouting at a car that couldn’t hear me if I’d been cut up. Normal I guess, but it would make me so angry that it could ruin my day! I still can be that person, but I do manage at least to rationalise my response and then let it go. This book has many sporting celebrity endorsements with Sir Chris Hoy saying it helped him win Olympic golds!! Applying this to staying sober is about looking at our emotional responses to the outside world or triggers as we call them. In short, get to know your chimp, let it know who is in charge and start to nurture it and care for it, so it knows how to behave. This book is an absolute must for anyone trying to understand their own behaviour. Now me and my chimp are off for some chocolate brownies He tells me this is perfectly okay as I didn’t drink two bottles of wine last night. 🐵
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Girl Walks Out of a Bar by Lisa F Smith. If you like your quitmoirs raw, gritty and honest then you will love this. This book so accurately depicts the pressure so many people feel to stay in the alcohol/drugs trap, the increasing need to lie to oneself and those around us and the dark and insular world we create in order to serve our demons, undisturbed (and therefore unashamed). Smith’s high functioning personality is ultimately her worst enemy, allowing her to continue her self- destructive lifestyle until she can physically take no more. There is no rock bottom here, just a sheer inability to carry on. Her imagery and description frighten me, and I found my inner voice just begging her to stop. In chapter 16 she articulates her withdrawal and her pre-Librium pain. It made me sad and terrified and angry that even right in that moment she still did not understand what she needed in order to survive – total sobriety. There are points in this book where I really identify with those dark feelings of loneliness, anxiety and fear as a young girl and how, as an adolescent, the alcohol and drugs gave me the mask I needed to survive. The thing I love about the quitmoir genre is the dichotomy between the protagonists personas – that which they let the world see and the dark empty soul they try to both feed and conceal. A great and important book to keep oneself in remembering why it is important not to drink today and every day. @girlwalksout #girlwalksoutofabar #quitmoir #soberbooks #quitlit #soberreads #soberreading #sobermememoir #odaat #quittingdrinking #sobersisters #dryjanuary #givingupdrinking #sobercurious #recoveryreads #sobersuggestions #soberstories #noalcoholneeded #addictionstories #soberselfcare #sobersupport #alcoholfreeliving #sobergratitudes #soberchoices #choosesoberity #sobermotivation #soberprofessionals #sobermothers #sobergirls #soberhealing #soberjourney
This Naked Mind by Annie Grace. I am updating and reposting this as if you are in the early stages of sobriety, you will not go far wrong with this book. There are some reads that are so important in a quest to get and stay sober and this is one of them. Ms Grace convinced me through her straight talking and scientific explanations. (Constantly referring to alcohol as poison helped quite a lot too!) It’s not for the faint hearted and she pulls no punches, there is no sugar coating, it is just truth that I didn’t want to hear. She asks the simplest of questions to the reader that get to the heart of cognitive dissonance (having contradicting thoughts relating to behavioural decisions and attitude change). For example: Drinking is bad for me/I want another drink, or: I feel anxious about my drinking/Drinking relaxes me. This book makes a huge amount of sense. I think the separation between the conscious and unconscious mind really helped me to understand that I was so heavily influenced by the idea of what drinking could do for me by advertising and media that I never imagined there could be another way. Now I know there is a secret world out there where I’m not just waiting until 5.00 to have a drink. It really is an impressive book and for those of you that need a good amount of fact rather than just memoir then this is for you.
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Blackout - Remembering the things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola. This was one of my first reads of what I now understand to be a quitmoir (yes, I’m still going with it) but I think it’s worth resharing. This book terrified me, but it was brilliant. It reads like a novel and one can be forgiven for forgetting that it’s not made up! I love this book because of its honesty and there are some truly touching moments that left me teary (no spoilers!) Also, she articulates so well the relationships women have with each other and how alcohol blinds you to other people’s problems as you become the centre and only thing of importance in your own universe. Hepola is very good at building up the romantic ideas we attach to drinking and then tearing them down, just as inevitably happens when one drink turns into one bottle and so forth. I’m not going to discuss the contents of the book here but suffice to say if you are a blackout drinker then do give it a read. I really couldn’t recommend this book highly enough. It was the final nail in the coffin of my misguided and damaging love affair with alcohol. @thesarahhepolaexperience #blackout #sarahhepola #instasober #quitmoir #soberreads #quitlit #sobersupport #sobermememoir #readyourselfsober #sobercurious #quittingdrinking #sobersisters #soberwomen #soberreview #odaat #gettingsober #stayingsober #sobersisterhood #soberprofessionals #alcoholfreeliving #soberstory #soberlit #soberbookclub #soberbooks #sobermilestones #soberjourney #noalcoholneeded #womenandalcohol #soberrunner #dryjanuary
Good morning. This is a repost of an important book review,. For all of you (like me) who are struggling right now. ❤️
HOLY F**K @holly. What did you do? Quit Like a Woman by Holly Whittaker. It’s raging and sweary and it damn well should be. She so magnificently takes on alcohol and the alcohol industry and kicks it ass. Back up with a huge amount of research and scientific evidence, along with her own story, it’s the perfect amount of memoir paired with indisputable facts. This book. Wow, this book understands that there are not just “normal” drinkers and raging alcoholics. (That’s right, we are not all like Nicholas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas). The exploration of the alcohol industry and its similarities to the tobacco industry is superb and the control the alcohol industry has is frightening. Holly (If i may? Please be my friend) talks so eloquently about how women have been conned into thinking that drinking is some kind of act of empowerment. If you’ve heard of Goop and Ms Paltrow then she also has some truths about that. I’ll leave the AA discussion that threads through the book for you to read. This work is a feminist model of recovery but this is not just for women, not just for addicts. It is social, cultural and political commentary at its finest. This read is for everybody. It is quite simply utterly brilliant. For all of you struggling right now: “Never Question the Decision “ @holly #quitlikeawoman #quitlit #soberreads #afreads #neverquestionthedecision #soberwomen #soberwomenofinstagram #sobersupport #stayingsober #gettingsober #soberbooks #quitmoir #soberstruggles #soberlit #soberjourney #soberstories #soberandstrong #alcoholfreelifestyle #hollywhitaker #strugglingwithsobriety #odaat #dryjanuary #sobercurious #sobersisterhood #soberbrotherhood #soberfeminist #sobermillenials #soberrunningclub #glowsober #loveyourselfsober