There are innumerable books that are either literally titled quit drinking, or how to quit drinking, or what happened when I quit drinking etc.

As with many books, the title itself is effectively the selling point, and the content of the book or sometimes magazine article is quite often a fairly woolly or vague approach to and possible solution to the specific problem raised in the title of the book.

When people talk about wanting to quit drinking there is a wide range of experiences that can be helpful, but could also be a bit confusing as well.

There is a very simple starting point.

If someone recognises that the drinking is either out of control or they need to moderate it  or to quit drinking together, then the simplest solution is simply to do it.

That of course is  oversimplifying the issue, but it goes to the heart of why people talk about the need to quit drinking.

If someone can simply stop or quit drinking then it is not an issue. If they cannot stop or quit drinking then becomes a much more serious issue, with possible locations in terms of alcoholism and alcohol addiction.

It is often the sphere of an inability to stop or moderate leading to concerns about active alcoholism that will block people from even beginning to research and understand the possibility of why they can cannot quit drinking.


The early experiences of members of Alcoholics Anonymous  were very clear, both to themselves and other people, that they could not quit drinking on their own, and in fact prior to the emergence of Alcoholics Anonymous as an organisation, were unable to stop drinking at all.

The book Alcoholics Anonymous details both the history and the routes which only members of this organisation took in order to get sober and stay sober, and is widely available to anyone who wants to use the experience that this book contains.

The book Alcoholics Anonymous also makes it clear that it does not wish to force its ideas on anyone, and that if people are able to quit or stop drinking on their own then that is absolutely fine and book wishes them well.

The experience contained in the book is really put that to help people who acknowledge that they cannot stop on their own any help. That is often a far more difficult position to acknowledge, and ultimately one that is much more fulfilling.