Sept. 10, 2023 –  Warning: This article discusses alcoholism and addiction in a way that could be distressing to some readers. When I’m seeking answers, or looking for words of wisdom: I turned to books. Thankfully, there is a range of sobriety literature – affectionately nicknamed “quit lit.” 

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When I first got sober, all my friends, family and partner still drank — some more than others, some not very much at all. But those who didn’t drink a lot were simply people for whom alcohol held no appeal; their abstinence had nothing to do with an inability to stop once they got going. Not like me.