It's time to grab a cuppa and kick back with your favourite book. This is the Drunk Mummy Sober Mummy Guide to Quit Lit.
Once you've decided to head down this rocky, and sometimes scary road to sobriety, there are some tools that can keep you on track. So, wherever you sit on the vast alcohol spectrum there will be a book out there that will resonate with your personal journey. Here are just a few of the books I have consumed quicker than a redbull and vodka. Books that have helped me along the bumpy path to an alcohol free life.
This Naked Mind - By Annie Grace
Changing the mind set and learning new habits - I love Annie Grace, she is a true ambassador for sober curious women. Her book has inspired many people to quit habits learned over a lifetime. I love watching her facebook live chats and I'm an avid instagram follower of Annies. She always has wise words and I take something away from every subject she covers. With Annie's own extraordinary and candid personal story at its heart, this book is a must-read for anyone who drinks. This Naked Mind will give you freedom from alcohol. It removes the psychological dependence so that you will not crave alcohol, allowing you to easily drink less (or stop drinking).
Blackout – Remembering The Things I Drank to Forget‘ by Sarah Hepola
Easy Way to Control Alcohol‘ by Allen Carr
‘The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober‘ by Catherine Gray
Sober Curious - Ruby Warrington
Here's how Annie descibes the book -
'I was convinced that alcohol had no right to be big and powerful in my life when I wanted it to be small and irrelevant. I didn’t yet understand the brain science, the role of the unconscious mind or the cycle of addiction but I knew I was not willing to continue allowing this substance so much power in my life. I refused to be controlled.
Alcohol is now powerless over me. It is small. It is irrelevant. I am free.
Today, with the help of 9,501 (!) early readers, I published a This Naked Mind a book about my journey to freedom. It is not just my story but a scientific methodology for anyone to regain control. As of this moment I receive 3-4 letters per day from the 9,501 people have downloaded This Naked Mind Book, people who report amazing results. This Naked Mind book is a way to change your perspective, to empower yourself and find freedom.'
We all love an easy read. This is one on those 'not put downables' that you can whizz through with the kids crawling around your toes. Such a good writer. I felt like she was talking directly to me.
Goodreads - Alcohol was "the gasoline of all adventure" for Sarah Hepola. She spent her evenings at cocktail parties and dark bars where she proudly stayed till last call. Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birthright as a strong, enlightened twenty-first-century woman.
But there was a price. She often blacked out, waking up with a blank space where four hours should have been. Mornings became detective work on her own life. What did I say last night? How did I meet that guy? She apologized for things she couldn't remember doing, as though she were cleaning up after an evil twin. Publicly, she covered her shame with self-deprecating jokes, and her career flourished, but as the blackouts accumulated, she could no longer avoid a sinking truth. The fuel she thought she needed was draining her spirit instead.
A memoir of unblinking honesty and poignant, laugh-out-loud humor, Blackout is the story of a woman stumbling into a new kind of adventure—the sober life she never wanted. Shining a light into her blackouts, she discovers the person she buried, as well as the confidence, intimacy, and creativity she once believed came only from a bottle. Her tale will resonate with anyone who has been forced to reinvent or struggled in the face of necessary change. It's about giving up the thing you cherish most—but getting yourself back in return.
Like Annie Grace, The Allen Carr method is all about changing the mindset. He established himself as the world's greatest authority on helping people stop smoking and his internationally best-selling Easy Way to Stop Smoking has been published in over 40 languages and sold more than 10 million copies.
In his Easy Way to Control Alcohol Allen applies his revolutionary method to drinking. With startling insight into why we drink and clear, simple, step-by-step instructions, he shows you the way to escape from the "alcohol trap" in the time it takes to read this book.
His unique method removes the feeling of deprivation and works without using willpower. Allen dispels our illusions about alcohol, removes the psychological dependence and sets you free to enjoy life to the full.
This one was the game changer for me. Sometimes you have to find someone just like you to be able to understand your own habits. I feel like I might have been at some of the same parties as Catherine Gray. The similarity between her story and mine shook me to the core. I was a binge drinker that got away with it for years because everyone around me was as wasted as I was. Catherines journey may have got more heavy than mine at some points (no spoilers here!) but I could coneect with her habit in so many ways.
The day I gave up drinking was the day I finished this book. I;m not saying this will be the same for everyone but it's worth a shot (not one of those shots!)
Ther book takes us on a ride through her lowest times to discovering a new life, as a sober woman.
Inspiring, heartbreaking and lovable.
Ruby Warrington is a British journalist and author based in New York, and the founder of The Numinous, the high-style online magazine about spirituality for modern women. She is also one of the biggest Sober writers on the planet. Ruby penned the term Sober Curious, two words that give a lot of women an identity.
I didn't know 'what I was' when I first ditched the booze. I thought I was lost in a sea of serious alcoholics, people on the edge of life, yet when I read her book I realised I too was 'sober curious' Having a name gave me a platform and a community, it gave my an understanding of where I fitted in. I read this book in one sitting. A woman after my own heart. I loved it. I highly roccomend her Facebook group and her podcast too x