Self-help books are a great way to kick start your alcohol moderation journey and an excellent resource to read on your own or in conjunction with hypnotherapy sessions. 2019 & 2020 have been breakthrough years for advocates of a mindful drinking and alcohol moderation approach. There has been increased focus on alcohol moderation and reduction in the media from documentaries such as 'Drinkers Like Us' by BBC journalist Adrian Chilies. I have compiled a list of my top three favourite books to help you moderate your alcohol and begin your journey to alcohol moderation and share some great tips along the way in order to help you get started.
Like any self-help books there can be both good and great books out there, so what makes a great self help book for alcohol moderation? Here are a few key points I like to look for when choosing a book to help you moderate your alcohol,
So with the above points considered below you can find my top 3 books for alcohol moderation or reduction. Please remember to take notes along the way through each book and try to do any exercises that are detailed in most of them. You might find that a book you end up purchasing doesn't really resonate with you, please don't despair I have read many books on changing behaviours and you will resonate with some authors and their strategies or tools and not others. The key is to not give up on your alcohol moderation goals and try another book from the list below or from the many books that are released each year.
Looking to quite alcohol instead of moderating? Why not read my review on my Best Books for Quit Drinking Alcohol too.
By Rosamund Dean
Rosamund does an excellent job of articulating a straightforward and realistic approach to those wishing to moderate their alcohol consumption, while intertwining humorous personal stories along the way. She has researched and conveys the psychology of drinking to the reader and backs up her plan for a reader to moderate their alcohol by becoming a 'mindful drinker' by utilising expert advice and mini-interviews throughout the book.
I love the fact that she shares smart, practical tips in helping to curve excessive drinking through her own experiences and rules that have turned her into an mindful drinker.
By Frederick Rotgers
The author takes a more scientific approach to explore the effects of alcohol consumption on the reader by using tools to help them discover if they are a problem drinker or an alcoholic. Frederick uses research based-techniques to inform his readers of how drinking problems can develop and if they should pursue a moderation or abstinence strategy, finally providing readers with a definitive set of tools to help them adopt goals that they can tailor to their needs.
The book has detailed exercises where readers make a commitment to be a responsible drinker, examine the negative effects of alcohol use, identify their own triggers as well as learning to take control of their behaviour. I really like this book for it's research driven approach in conjunction with practical exercises.
By Shahroo Izadi
Shahroo has a wealth of experience working as a behavioural change specialist at some of the UK's leading health and social care organisations. This depth of experience permeates through her knowledge and techniques presented throughout the book. While the book itself is not strictly targeted towards alcohol moderation, it does instead give the reader a set of tools that can be applied to any bad habits that may require changing. At the heart of the book's ethos is addressing the problems you have with yourself, asking you to look carefully at yourself, your life and your habits and how you might be able to re-frame them.
Ultimately the book left me feeling empowered and motivated to make lasting changes in my life across many areas of my life, not just moderating alcohol and forgo the 'quick fixes' that other books might claim. I believe it is one of the best books out there in creating health habits that you can stick too!
Do you have a favourite self-help book for alcohol moderation or reduction that you found really useful too? Please leave a comment below and I will try to include it in another future blog post.
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