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  1. Jules
    July 28, 2017 @ 1:11 PM

    I’m currently reading Dana Bowman’s “Bottled”. Came out in 2015 (I think), and it really has helped me. She reminds me of myself in many ways and it’s a comfort. Her story is basically about how her drinking escalated after she had kids. Very sad, but also a great story of how she worked so hard to regain her sobriety. She is funny and irreverent. Highly recommended.


    • Girl & Tonic
      July 31, 2017 @ 9:15 AM

      Thanks Jules, I’m going to give this a read x


  2. RikaConfesses
    July 28, 2017 @ 2:54 PM

    I had quit drinking – without an end goal, unclear if it was for right now or forever- just before I found out I was pregnant. I’m still pregnant, so obviously not drinking right now, but leaning more towards never going back. Someone told me once that you got a point in not drinking where you just feel relieved, and I’m there. It’s nice to direct my time towards things I enjoy and places I want to be rather than drinking to enjoy things I don’t. But the whole culture -hell, even things that I wrote – tells you that you want to be drinking. I haven’t read anything about NOT drinking, I guess it didn’t occur to me that it existed, but might pick one of these up on Kindle.


    • Girl & Tonic
      July 31, 2017 @ 9:16 AM

      Tell me about it. The things I wrote about drinking, and reposted, wow! Best of luck with the pregnancy x


  3. William
    January 23, 2018 @ 12:52 AM

    Just finished The Naked Mind about a week ago and it truly is a life changer. I will reread this a few times to really get my subconscious to take this in. I have struggled with moderation since I started drinking 25 years ago and honestly can say I think that drinking is behind me now, in large part because of thia book.


  4. Mary
    May 17, 2018 @ 10:41 AM

    Just finished the Sober Diaries, which really resonated with me. Clare Pooley is my age, with 3 kids like me, and has a very similar drinking history to myself. Unlike Clare, I only decided to ditch the booze this April, (45 days ago to be precise), but in that time, I’ve read The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, which I found very thought provoking, and Alcohol Explained, ( quite factual, but interesting nonetheless) . I’m now looking for my next read….


  5. Michele
    March 26, 2019 @ 9:57 AM

    After 30 years, give or take, mainly take of daily drinking I made my first attempt to stop just over a year ago. I can now go 3 or 4 months at a time without a drink but fail. I’m not a 12 step person, I’m a functioning 67 year old, also a yoga teacher (BWY) and still drank. But next time it hits, is it PAWS, cravings or need, I hope I’ll find it easier. I’ll get the book Drink, I’ve go all the others but must remember to re-read them and stay motivated.


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