Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol

Dial. Dec. 2019. 368p. ISBN 9781984825056. $28. BIOG
Following in the footsteps of titles such as Rachel Hollis’s Girl, Wash Your Face, Whitaker (blogger, Hip Sobriety) aims her first book at modern, urban women—specifically those who are concerned that they might have a problem with alcohol. Sharing her own struggles with alcoholism, substance abuse, and bulimia, Whitaker examines the Western cultural acceptance of drinking and how this impacts women who are likely to overindulge. She looks at examples of how society calls for women to strive for perfection: at work, in the physical presentation of their home and bodies, in family matters, etc. The argument here is that the mixture of these two cultural mores (casual drinking and societal expectations of women) has caused an increase in alcohol addiction among the U.S. female population. Throughout, Whitaker outlines her own methods of addiction recovery to encourage women to quit using drinking as a coping mechanism for the pressures of everyday life.
VERDICT Part self-help, part recovery memoir, this personal account provides useful and inspiring techniques for addiction recovery.

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