Soberish: The Science-Based Guide to Taking Your Power Back from Alcohol

Watkins. Sept. 2023. 288p. ISBN 9781786787521. pap. $17.95. SELF-HELP
This work from the founder of Join Soberish and 1,000 Hours Dry (The Dry Club) aims to assist individuals in establishing healthier relationships with alcohol. Lyons reveals her struggles with alcohol and her journey to address them. The author suggests employing empowering and inclusive terminology such as “alcohol-use disorder,” or using no labels at all, as the term “alcoholic” has negative connotations. She defines “soberish” as a positive label or lifestyle that takes power away from alcohol and enables readers to find healing pathways in their alcohol use, offering advice, tools, and exercises to assist readers in achieving a soberish lifestyle. Sections discuss the neurological and physical effects of alcohol and the benefits of limiting or abstaining from drinking. Every chapter includes simple reflections and exercises to establish goals and design a soberish action plan. Techniques include identifying triggers, mindfulness and meditation, intuitive movement, cryotherapy, sound healing, journaling, and creating support systems through social media or online forums. The book has interviews with experts (nutritionists, yoga instructors) and concludes with advice from other individuals that complements the author’s message.
VERDICT A useful guide to establishing a healthy relationship with alcohol.
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