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Quit Like a Woman

The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol
Narrated by: Holly Whitaker
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
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Bloomsbury presents Quit Like a Woman by Holly Whitaker, read by Holly Whitaker.  

We live in a world obsessed with drinking. We drink at work events, lunches, book clubs and weddings. Yet no one ever questions alcohol's ubiquity. In fact, the only thing ever questions is why people don't drink. It is a qualifier for belonging. As a society, we are obsessed with health and wellness, yet we uphold alcohol as some sort of magic elixir. It is anything but.   

When Holly Whitaker started to look for a way to recover, the support systems she found for recovery where archaic and patriarchal. Urging drinkers towards a newfound humility is great if you're a man, but if you're a woman and not in a position to renounce privileges you never had, a whole other approach is needed.   

She embarked on a journey that not only led 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. 

Honest, witty and trenchant, Quit Like a Woman is at once a groundbreaking look at drinking culture, a call to arms and a celebration of learning how to claim everything life has to offer.

©2020 Holly Whitaker (P)2020 Penguin Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"I've long suspected that Holly Whitaker is a genius. This book is confirmation. It's a brilliantly clever, meticulously researched, fearless, snort-out-loud funny read that grabs you and won't let go." (Catherine Gray)  

"An unflinching examination of how our drinking culture hurts women and a gorgeous memoir of how one woman healed herself. Quit Like a Woman will change your relationship with alcohol - and it has the power to change your relationship with your entire life." (Glennon Doyle) 

"This thoughtful, moving book will help a lot of people get to a healthier place." (Johann Hari)

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If you found this book! You already know your goal :)

I found a woman in holly’s truth that spoke to me in a way id never felt before.
It was like hearing my life played out in another body.
If sobriety is your goal? No matter how far you are in your journey finding Holly is like gold.

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Revolutionary, inspiring and necessary!

Holly manages to amalgamate her inspiring story with a critical appraisal of alcohol to produce one of the most important contributions to recovery publications ever. She writes authentically and openly about the despair of drinking with admirable rawness, wit and honesty. Holly has clearly done her research, producing a work that is accessible while eloquently exploring weighty topics. Her ability to weave feminism, spirituality, exploitation used by the tobacco industry, race, class, politics et al into her examination of drinking culture is an admirable feat. The evaluation of AA and its patricarchal archaic program is flawless and accurate. Holly also importantly provides a holistic framework for building a fulfilling, joyful and sober life!! An all round gem.

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Going straight back to read it again

So many light bulb moments listening to this. I feel like there is more detail and information in this book than any other book on the subject, this did mean I didn't take it all in on the first go.

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Eye-opening read

This book is not what I expected at all. I anticipated (from the title and the cover) that it might be filled with opinion-based feminist rhetoric but, given the recommendation by Catherine Gray, I thought I'd give it a try.

I couldn't have been more wrong.

The book is well laid out, based in fact and research and resonates more strongly with me than anything I've ever read on this subject. Incredible.