Book List 

Here is a list of books to read during early sobriety. They are in no particular order: 

1. The Easy Way for Women to Stop Drinking Alcohol by Allen Carr 

2. The Sober Diaries by Clare Pooley

3. The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober: Discovering a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy Alcohol-free Life by Catherine Gray 

4. Blackout: Remembering the things I drank to forget by Sarah Hepola

5. This Naked Mind by Annie Grace 

6. Alcohol Explained by William Porter

7. Dry by Augusten Burroughs

8. You Left Early: A True Story of Love and Alcohol by Louisa Young

9. Waking up by Sam Harris 

10. I'm Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering by Janelle Hanchett

11. My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean by Amy Dresner

12. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

13. Girl Walks Out of a Bar by Lisa Smith

14. A Happier Hour by Rebecca Weller

15. Drunk Mom A Memoir by Jowita Bydlowska

16. Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety by Sacha Z. Scoblic

17. Drinking: A Love Story  by Caroline Knapp

18. Inside the Sober Mind: Mastering the Mindset of Sobriety by Meredith Bell

19. Alcohol Lied to Me: The Intelligent Way to Escape Alcohol Addiction by Craig Beck

20. Mrs D is Going Without by Lotta Dan 

21. Sober is the New Black: A Then and Now Account of Life Beyond Booze by Rachel Black 

22. The Sober Revolution: Women Calling Time on Wine O'Clock by Sarah Turner

23. Alcohol and You - 21 Ways to Control and Stop Drinking: How to Give Up Your Addiction and Quit Alcohol by Lewis David

24. Sober as F***: My Two Year Journey of Rediscovery & Self Love by Sarah Ordo

25. Drink: The Deadly Relationship Between Women and Alcohol by Ann Dowsett Johnston

26. Drink? The New Science of Alcohol + Your Health by Professor David Nutt

27. Quit Like a Woman by Holly Whitaker

28. Sunshine Warm Sober by Catherine Gray

29. We Are the Luckiest by Laura McKowen

30. Soberful by Veronica Valli

TV / Film / Podcasts I recommend 


  • A Royal Hangover (2014) [Amazon]

  • My Name Was Bette: The Life and Death of an Alcoholic [Amazon]

  • Rain in my heart [YouTube]

  • Louis Theroux, Drinking to Oblivion [BBC Two] 

  • Leaving Las Vegas (1995 )

  • Withnail And I (1987 )

  • Barfly (1987 )

  • When A Man Loves A Woman

  • The Lost Weekend (1945 )

  • 28 Days (2000)

  • My Name Is Joe

  • Days Of Wine And Roses (1962)

  • Flight (2012)


I listen to all my podcasts through the iPhone podcast app but most are available via Spotify:

  • The Bubble Hour 

  • Soberful by Veronica Valli & Chip Somers 

  • One Year No Beer [OYNB] by Ruari Fairburns & Andy Ramage

  • Recovery Elevator by Paul Churchill

  • Take a Break from Drinking by Rachel Hart

  • Alcohol Free Life by Janey Lee Grace 

  • This Naked Mind by Annie Grace

  • Sober Awkward

  • The Alcohol Rethink Podcast with Patrick Fox

  • Sober Stories with Beth Bowen

  • After Alcohol by Rise Revolution

  • One for the Road by Sober Dave 


More info coming soon