The Sober Diaries Book Review

I decided to read The Sober Diaries by Clare Pooley because, as you know, (assuming you’ve read my blog for a while) I’ve stopped drinking….


I decided to read The Sober Diaries by Clare Pooley because, as you know, (assuming you’ve read my blog for a while) I’ve stopped drinking.

When I am making a change in my life or when I’m interested in something, I give it my all. I research and absorb as much information about it as possible. I found it helps keep me on track and motivated to stay alcohol-free.

I wanted to read some books about being sober to keep my motivation up. I’m not a fan of fiction books, so I wanted something real that I could relate to. Though I don’t have a problem with drinking or alcohol addiction – I sometimes find that after a couple of drinks, I would then want more than I had planned to have. I do not have a healthy relationship with alcohol and often find myself regretting how much I’ve drank the next day. The Sober Diaries by Clare Pooley sounded like something I could get my teeth into.

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The Sober Diaries Book Review

I found the Sober Diaries by Clare Pooley after hearing about it on a few alcohol-free Facebook groups. After reading what it was about, I wanted to read it instantly.

Mum of 3, Clare, loved wine. The problem is she started drinking it a little too much. Opening a bottle when she had done the school run, then another with dinner. Enough was enough and she decided to stop. She created a blog to write about it and found the ‘sober blogging community’.

She shares her journey and daily struggles of being sober. How she coped in social situations and how great life was without hangovers.

This is not a self-help book for someone with a severe alcohol problem – it’s a helping hand and a bit of moral support for something who simply drinks too much and wants to stop. It reminded me how it can be so easy to slip into the ‘let’s just have a glass of wine’ (that ends up as two glasses, then might as well finish off the bottle) mindset on a regular basis.

I’ve read a few negative reviews saying the book isn’t very relatable because of her lifestyle – a privileged white woman with a large house in London.  I don’t have kids, and I don’t live in London, but I was able to see past that and see the real message in the book. To enjoy life without booze.

The Sober Diaries for me was simply about someone who drank too much and needed to reign herself in, and was able to do so. I found it great motivation for stopping, it read this book at night and it was like checking in with a friend to tell each other if we had stuck to our no-alcohol goal for the day.

If you are thinking of giving up or reducing the tipple, I recommend this book.

If you would like to read Clare Pooley’s blog ‘mummy was a secret drinker’, then here is the link.

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One comment

  1. sounds like a nice read. I do read both fiction and non-fiction. I gave up alcohol because of Chron disease and now that I’m in remission and I could have a drink if I wanted, I still don’t feel like drinking at all. I guess that I completely lost the taste for it.

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