November 12

Why The Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Sucks For Most Drinkers

The Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Is No Longer The King Of Sobriety Books!

As you may know, I have written several bestselling quit drinking books, the biggest and most popular being Alcohol Lied to Me. It would be a pretty pointless post if I just listed all my own books, so I thought I would give you some good options by other sobriety authors.

Before we go any further let’s touch on the granddaddy of sobriety books the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book!

Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Review

Alcoholics Anonymous (also referred to as the Big Book in rehabilitation groups) proposes foundation ideas of rehabilitation from alcohol addiction and tells the tales of women and men who have conquered the condition.

The 4th version consists of twenty-four brand-new accounts that deliver modern sharing for beginners looking for resuscitation from alcohol addiction in A.A. throughout the early years of the 21st century. Seventeen experiences are preserved from the 3rd publication, including the “Leaders of A.A.” segment, which helps the user keep connected to A.A.’s historical origins, and demonstrates how initial participants used this basic yet far-reaching system that helps problem drinkers get clean these days.

Roughly 22 million copies of the initial three publications of “Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book” have been circulated. It is anticipated that the fresh final version will play its role in handing down A.A.’s fundamental story of recuperation.

This final publication has been authorized by the leaders of Alcoholics Anonymous, in the expectation that a lot more might be led towards rehabilitation by reviewing its description of the A.A. system and its diverse illustrations of individual experiences which show that the A.A. program works (for some).

And there’s the problem… for some.

The success rate of AA is reported to be around 7-8%. That’s fine for the millions of men and women who fell into that successful bracket, but what about the drinkers who reside in the 92-93%.

All would be fine if the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book wasn’t consistently touted at the ONLY solution and anyone who fails using it ‘must not have tried hard enough’.

The almost cult-like following of AA members is a big problem and a key reason why for many problem drinkers there are many much better books out there than the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book.

Quitting drinking is always a journey you take alone. However, what you don’t know is that you have a whole army behind you, and they’re armed with pens. Reading books can help you get through more in life than you could ever imagine.

Keep reading for a list of a few great sobriety books that may cause you to feel a little uncomfortable with how relatable they are but will help you when nobody else will.

Alcohol Lied To Me1. Alcohol Lied To Me

The Craig Beck quit drinking method is unique:

  1. No need to declare yourself an alcoholic.
  2. A permanent cure, not a lifetime struggle.
  3. No group meetings or expensive rehab.
  4. No humiliation, no pain and 100% no ‘willpower’ required.
  5. Treats the source of the problem, not just the symptoms.

You can get a FREE copy of Alcohol Lied To Me if you join our next free quit drinking webinar.

2. This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol

Another one of the best quit drinking books, as the title entails, will take you on a trip into your own mind. Annie Grace uses her own struggle with addiction to walk you through the neurological and psychological factors involved with it.

She throws in how the industry and social pressures factor into the problem as well. She also gives you helpful strategies on how to quit.

It sounds impossible, but if you’re still struggling with addiction, through reading the book, you will psychologically slow down with drinking and maybe even eventually stop completely.

Quit Drinking Books
Quit Drinking Books

3. Dry: A Memoir

Addiction can sink its teeth into anyone. Even if you seem like you’re successful to everyone who talks to you, you could be a high functioning alcoholic.

This is what Augusten Burroughs addresses in his book Dry: A Memoir. He takes you through his internal struggles with addiction.

You won’t know if you should laugh or cry while reading. His tone is very sarcastic while also being heartwarming. This makes it all the more relatable.

4. Post Office

When you first get out of rehab, it can be hard for you to get a job, and when you do find one, it’s probably not one that you want. Charles Burkowski addresses this in his novel Post Office.

Post Office is an easy read and written through a relatable point of view, so you should be able to breeze right through it. By the end, you may feel a little better about your after rehab job hunting.

5. Lit

Sometimes your addiction can be traced back to your family. In Lit, Mary Karr creates this link. She writes about how her chaotic childhood contributed directly to her addiction as an adult.

She’s another author where you’re not sure if you want to laugh or cry while reading her memoir. She uses witty humor to tell her tale. Between this humor and being a mother, her writing is relatable if you’re also a mother trying to overcome addiction.

Quit Drinking Books
Quit Drinking Books

6. Blackout

When many people go out drinking with friends, we see blacking out as something normal, like it’s bound to happen once they get started. Sarah Hepola writes about how you shouldn’t be seeing it this way in her book Blackout.

Blackout goes through in heavy detail what exactly happens to your brain when you get blackout drunk in a voice that is modern and entertaining to read.

7. Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol

Drinking is commonly marketed towards women in the media. Just look at all the wine companies that target moms. Dowsett Johnston writes about her own experience with this in Drink.

By reading this book, you’ll gain a deep understanding of why alcohol addiction is such a problem among women. This will help you in your own journey because you’ll be able to put any guilt you feel to the side and realize that you aren’t 100% to blame. The media glorifies drinking.

8. The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober

This is one of the great quit drinking books.

If you need a little motivation with getting clean, then you should read The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober by Cathrine Gray. She greatly puts a spotlight on all the joy you can gain from being sober. She also writes about how messy it is to get there.

When trying to overcome an addiction of any kind, there is fear there. Fear that you’ll be judged by family and friends or fear that you won’t be able to find a job now. Catherine addresses this by writing about the worries that she faced.

By reading this you’ll be able to see that once you’ve conquered these worries and put them to the side, there is a life of happiness and freedom ahead of you.

Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book
Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book

9. Beautiful Boy

If you’re a parent, another one of my much-loved quit drinking books is Beautiful Boy by David Sheff holds a very real and important message: addiction affects your entire family, not just you. The book takes you through David’s struggle with his son’s addiction.

While this book isn’t necessarily about you overcoming the hurdle yourself, this is the book to read if you want to learn how you can help someone else do it.

Drinking: A Love Story
Drinking: A Love Story

10. Drinking: A Love Story

In this memoir, you’ll follow Caroline Knapp through all her ups and downs as she struggles with her first love: alcohol. The prose is incredibly detailed and beautiful, which may leave you wanting to put it down, but keep trucking through.

It’s highly relatable, and if what she writes on the page doesn’t motivate you, Caroline was a private person. So, it wasn’t easy for her to put everything out on the table like that. Just like getting through alcohol addiction isn’t easy.


Quit Drinking Books That Can Help You Through Recovery

Recovering from problem drinking is tough when you feel like nobody has your back, even those closest to you. During these trying times, sometimes the best thing that you can do for yourself is to pick up a book.

Check out one of these great sobriety books to help you see that things will get better and that you’re more powerful than your addiction.

Quitting drinking does not have to be a struggle, but we can help you. Grab your place on our next free quit drinking coaching program and find out more.


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  1. Greetings! I’ve been following your blog for a long time now and finally got the
    bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock
    Tx! Just wanted to mention keep up the great work!

  2. Wanted to check out; “The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober”. Not available in audio?!? Wow. It’s 2019. When I see a book not in audio format, I shake my head. I’m sure she sold enough copies, but there’s a whole army out there that are addicted to audiobooks like I’m addicted to drink. All those people could be touched by the author’s work. I never take enough time to read. My work has me either on my feet or driving. Both of which can be completely hilarious or extremely dangerous – but not with one ear piece plugged in my head. The rest of my time is with family and friends. It takes me forever to get through reading one book. I’m going to continue writing to authors and posting in reviews about taking the next step to audiobook. And I hope anyone reading this will do the same.


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