Quit Like a Woman - Holly Whitaker

Quit Like a Woman

By Holly Whitaker

  • Release Date: 2019-12-31
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4
From 294 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The founder of the first female-focused recovery program offers a groundbreaking look at alcohol and 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.


  • Quit Like. Woman

    By prof Sue
    Thank you.

    By jennhornback
    What an amazing book...I don’t know how else to put it. To have a book focused on women, not only who may be struggling with an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, but Holly touches on so much more than that. Bravo to you, Holly for speaking your truth, and calling out so many issues that have needed to be called out for decades. This hit me on every level and is an extremely powerful read. It has helped me stay focused on my journey, and for that I am grateful.

    By Wordspitting
    Tour de force! Whitaker’s unwavering courage to tackle alcoholism at first struck me as misguided. It’s not like others haven’t tried and ultimately authored books with different’spins’ but coming to the same dull and I enlightened conclusion. Not so here, this is a tectonic shift made not by her relentless and thorough commitment to research and reporting the facts. This coupled with her analysis and unwavering honesty makes for a ‘game changer’ of a book. She turns conventional (read white male) ‘thinking’ about alcohol on its head and reveals its dark and distorted underbelly. She shares her journey and tools on how to reclaim your voice and life. This book has changed my life and I’m profoundly grateful to Holly Whitaker for finding her voice and sharing it with us!
  • Awesome!

    By hardenmandy04
    So motivating and helpful. Must read
  • Loved this book!

    By Cee Hem
    This was an excellent read! I enjoyed Holly’s writing style and loved the new take on recovery. I was sober before reading the book, but still found so much to take out of it. Highly recommend no matter what your “sobriety status” may or may not be.
  • Yes!

    By nickname hull
    Beautifully said. Healing to read.
  • The book I didn’t know I needed to read

    By lizlinn
    Just looking to get some inspiration to get me through a dry-Jan has got me rethinking a lot more. Very insightful, fresh take on sobriety (coming from someone with no experience but could use the encouragement).
  • Too much political bias

    By eeanderson
    I really liked this book as a tool to become a non-drinker, but I was turned off by the frequent political bias. I used the references for other sobriety methods and found them more helpful and focused.
  • Pass

    By Josey86
    Just another book, just another person, villainizing alcohol and anyone who drinks it.
  • 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!