Quit Like A Woman

Quit Like A Woman

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

Book - 2019 | First edition
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As a society we are preoccupied with wellness, but uphold alcohol as a sort of magic elixir. When Whitaker started looking around for help after one too many benders, she found that the only systems in place to were archaic, patriarchal, and ineffective for the unique needs of women. And she could not ignore the ways that alcohol companies were targeting women. Here she addresses the root cause of addiction, the tools to break the cycle of addiction, and the community necessary to build a life free from alcohol.
Publisher: New York :, The Dial Press,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781984825056
Branch Call Number: 362.292 WHI 2019
Characteristics: 351 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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This book is a must read for anyone newly alcohol free/ sober curious! If you're still drinking the first couple chapters of might be rather off-putting since it's hard to deny the cold hard facts about how bad alcohol is for your health and no one wants to feel guilty if they still partake. However like someone else also mentioned, stick it out for the beautiful content surrounding the feminism in not drinking, how alcohol is the new cigarettes, how deeply rooted alcohol is i our culture, Why AA isn't always helpful for marginalized people, and a holistic approach to quitting drinking.

I cannot recommend this book enough.

Dec 03, 2020

If you can get past the few chapters where its very much ALCOHOL IS POISON, there's a lot of great discussion about the culture around alcohol. This book also offers alternatives to AA and some of the harmful language and ideas surrounding sobriety. On top of all of that the author provides much needed feminist perspective on alcohol and sobriety. Even if you are not alcoholic and just thinking about cutting back, I would recommend this book.

Chapel_Hill_KristenS Apr 26, 2020

I enjoyed the author's personal anecdotes, and found her writing to be strong, honest, and witty. Would I follow every suggestion in this book? No. Do I think there's value in reflecting on our own relationships with alcohol, and how much it has been embedded into our everyday lives? Absolutely. I think readers can take what they need from this book based on what appeals to them.

LPL_SarahM Jan 08, 2020

When I decided to reassess some of my own drinking habits back in July, I searched the internet every night for blogs from other women who had decided to quit or severely cut back. There are a LOT of terrible blogs out there. Holly Whitaker was a light. Her brutally honest writing about her own struggles did not always match mine, nor did her spirituality, but her attitude did. This book is a wonderful resource for any woman who is looking to take a break or completely remove themselves from the booze culture.

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