olly Whitaker was living big. She and her group of highly successful female friends were winning at life and they would get together weekly to celebrate their little victories, drown their stresses, and eventually find the perfect excuse for that Sunday brunch—alcohol free-flowing. As time went on, those drinks justified by, “it being 5 o’clock somewhere,” drinking became a pastime as much as it was a problem.
She justified downing tequila shots and beer chasers at 11 a.m. at a pool bar because she was in Mexico, and that’s what you do. Then she heard a story about a friend with a severe drinking problem who almost lost everything. There was something about the story that seemed eerily familiar. She took a look at her reality and decided it might be time to reassess her life and her addiction.
Her book Quit Like a Woman is a stark and honest look at addiction told with self-deprecating honesty from single-and-owning-it woman. She gets into the details about compromising what she wanted in life and making societally acceptable excuses for consumption as well as the traps of high-class drinking, professional success, and the spiral that led to her inevitably make the choice to face down her demons and go sober. Whittaker realized that when she asked the tough question of whether or not she was an alcoholic, she tried escaping it by self-diagnosing as someone with Borderline Personality Disorder. Multiple therapists quickly dismissed that self analysis and confirmed that what she did have was an addiction issue. Whitaker picked up a copy of The Easy Way by Allen Carr, and by the end of her own the book she realizes its core lesson: the only way to control alcohol is to not imbibe at all.
Whittaker’s book is a must-read for any woman who has wondered if maybe that bottle of wine a night is really masking something deeper. Quit Like A Woman will revolutionize everything you thought you knew about drinking, social messaging and marketing, and how to take back control of your life. But sober.