7 Outstanding Books That Will Help You Quit Drinking

Top 7 Books That Will Help You Quit Drinking

We were recently asked on Instagram to write a recommendation list of books that can help alcoholics to quit drinking and lead the way to sobriety.

So, I’ve been researching for such books on Google for like a week now. Also, I personally asked the people who have read this book about their views on it, and here’s the outcome of it!

I hope these 7 books about alcoholism and the process of getting sober will help you quit drinking.

Here’s the list:

  1. Dry: A Memoir
  2. The Shawl
  3. Drinking: A Love Story
  4. A Drinking Life: A Memoir
  5. The Alcoholic

Now, let’s dive in to each book from the list, one by one. Here we go:


1. Dry: A Memoir

Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
by Augusten Burroughs

“Stars should not be seen alone. That’s why there are so many. Two people should stand together and look at them. One person alone will surely miss the good ones.”

Opening Lines: Sometimes when you work in advertising you’ll get a product that’s really garbage and you have to make it seem fantastic, something that is essential to the continued quality of life.

Page Count: 336 pages

I finished this book in one day and I think this might be enough to make you pick this up.

Talking about “What this book contains?”.

Well, “Dry” picks up the story of Augusten Burroughs who is an American writer and is best known for his memoir “Running with Scissors“, when he is in his 20s and is a copywriter in New York City.

He is a serious drunk and mostly he is late to work with the stink of alcohol. So, once when he missed an opportunity to meet with a client, his boss asked him, either go to rehab or get fired. Well, read the book to see what he decides! 😉

Get it from Amazon for ₹1,435 or Flipkart for ₹399.

2. The Shawl

The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick
by Cynthia Ozick

“I work from a different theory. For everything, there’s a bad way of describing, also a good way. You pick a good way, you get along better.”

Opening Lines: Stella, cold, cold, the coldness of hell.

Page Count: 96 pages

A short horror story that takes place at Miami Beach during the late 1970s about the Holocaust and a magical shawl, which is stolen. It’s really a dark and sad read but I would give it a full 5 out 5 stars.

Also, you can read this book for free, here and for the ones who want this vintage book on their bookshelf, you can get it from Amazon for ₹565

P.S. I haven’t gone off the track from the topic, it does contain alcoholism.

3. Drinking: A Love Story

Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp
by Caroline Knapp

“Meg often slept with me she didn’t want to sleep with: she didn’t know how to say no. More precisely, she didn’t know she was allowed to say no.”

Page Count: 304 pages

This very touching memoir of the late Caroline Knapp that describes all the details (highs and lows) of alcoholism and gives you an insight into the damage it causes.

Apart from these negative sides of alcoholism, the author has written about the misconceptions of the image of an alcoholic that we have in our mind and trust me, when I say that you’re really gonna connect to all the details if you ever had a hangover!

It’s the best book you can ever read on addiction!!!

Get it from Amazon for ₹956

A text from the book: My mother understood that drinking was more dangerous [than smoking] and she understood why: smoking could ruin my body; drinking could ruin my mind and my future. It could eat its way through my life in exactly the same way physical cancer eats its way through bones and blood and tissue, destroying everything.

4. A Drinking Life: A Memoir

A Drinking Life: A Memoir by Pete Hamill
by Pete Hamill

“I would understand later that baseball was what truly made him an American: the sports pages were more crucial documents than the Constitution.”


Opening Lines: AT THE BEGINNING of my remembering, I am four years old and we are living on the top floor of a brick building on a leafy street in Brooklyn, a half block from Prospect Park.


Page Count: 280 pages

This is a fascinating autobiography or I should say, a frank look at the life of Pete Hamill, a journalist, and writer from Brooklyn, New York who grew up during the war in an alcoholic household.

It’s really enjoyable and makes you think about many aspects of your life. A no-doubt, page-turner!

Get it from Amazon for ₹830

5. The Alcoholic

The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames


by Jonathan Ames

Opening Lines: My name is Jonathan A. I’m an alcoholic.

Page Count: 144 pages

Finally, a graphic novel on alcoholism. Well, not just alcoholism it’s a novel that deals with alcoholism, homosexuality, drugs, and a little transsexualism.

Get it from Amazon for ₹1,349 or Flipkart for ₹1,635

P.S. It’s definitely for adults.

6. A Million Little Pieces

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
by James Frey

“Sometimes skulls are thick. Sometimes hearts are vacant. Sometimes words don’t work. ”

Opening Lines: I wake to the drone of an airplane engine and the feeling of something warm dripping down my chin.

Page Count: 528 pages

This might turn out to be one of the best recovery books you have ever read though you might also feel like it’s a bit exaggerated and the fact is that Frey agreed that it is made up, though not all the stuff but some pretty big details.

Also, this book blew up a few years back for being fiction misrepresented as nonfiction because of some of the more far-out bits like dental surgery without any anesthesia but eventually, it got played off as some sort of misunderstanding.

Get it from Amazon for ₹495 or Flipkart for ₹473

7. Alcoholics Anonymous – Big Book

Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book

Page Count: 559 pages

At last of this quit drinking books recommendation list, here are some new, powerful, and inspiring personal stories. I only have one thing to say about it: THIS IS A MUST READ

If you’re trying to get sober from alcoholism, then without wasting any other second, buy and read this one!


Get it from Amazon for ₹2,806 or Flipkart for ₹2,520

Don’t miss: Bookshelf of Sushant Singh Rajput – More than just a list of books!

So, this was our recommendation list on books that will help you quit drinking.

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