Quit Like a Woman - Holly Whitaker

Quit Like a Woman

Author: Holly Whitaker

  • Publication Date: 2019-12-31
  • Category: Self-Improvement
4 Score: 4
(From 156 Ratings)


NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The founder of a female-focused recovery program offers a radical new path to sobriety.

“You don’t know how much you need this book, or maybe you do. Either way, it will save your life.”—Melissa Hartwig Urban, Whole30 co-founder and CEO

We live in a world obsessed with drinking. We drink at baby showers and work events, brunch and book club, graduations and funerals. Yet no one ever questions alcohol’s ubiquity—in fact, the only thing ever questioned is why someone doesn’t drink. It is a qualifier for belonging and if you don’t imbibe, you are considered an anomaly. As a society, we are obsessed with health and wellness, yet we uphold alcohol as some kind of magic elixir, though it is anything but.

When Holly Whitaker decided to seek help after one too many benders, she embarked on a journey that led not only to her own sobriety, but revealed the insidious role alcohol plays in our society and in the lives of women in particular. What’s more, she could not ignore the ways that alcohol companies were targeting women, just as the tobacco industry had successfully done generations before. Fueled by her own emerging feminism, she also realized that the predominant systems of recovery are archaic, patriarchal, and ineffective for the unique needs of women and other historically oppressed people—who don’t need to lose their egos and surrender to a male concept of God, as the tenets of Alcoholics Anonymous state, but who need to cultivate a deeper understanding of their own identities and take control of their lives. When Holly found an alternate way out of her own addiction, she felt a calling to create a sober community with resources for anyone questioning their relationship with drinking, so that they might find their way as well. Her resultant feminine-centric recovery program focuses on getting at the root causes that lead people to overindulge and provides the tools necessary to break the cycle of addiction, showing us what is possible when we remove alcohol and destroy our belief system around it.

Written in a relatable voice that is honest and witty, Quit Like a Woman is at once a groundbreaking look at drinking culture and a road map to cutting out alcohol in order to live our best lives without the crutch of intoxication. You will never look at drinking the same way again.


  • Interesting read but too political

    By 1 disappointed reader
    I picked this book hoping to get some good information and clarity on the topic of alcohol. I was disappointed to find out that the author used her left-sided political beliefs to try and support her way though the book. I didn’t pick up a book on politics, nor do I agree with her side of the fence, so instead of focusing on alcohol, I found myself feeling defensive towards her attacks on a system I truly believe in. She could have made a neutral platform, as not to alienate those who disagree with her. She lost me when she separated her audience through political parties. Also, if graphic “slang” language isn’t your thing, then this isn’t the book for you!