Alcohol Addiction

The following is a list of great books to understand alcohol addiction. Whether you are brand new to the topic or have been studying it for years, these resources are incredible additions to your reading library.

The Common Sense of Drinking

“Common Sense of Drinking” by Richard R. Peabody is a straightforward look at the challenges of alcohol addiction.

This book paints a vivid picture of a person’s fight against alcoholism and the journey towards sobriety. It breaks down the barriers of societal judgment surrounding alcohol addiction, helping readers understand it as a psychological struggle, not a sign of weakness.

With a focus on the damaging patterns of addiction, Peabody offers practical steps to recovery. His approach encourages self-awareness, pushing readers on a transformative path from hardship to healing.

“The problem drinker must be made to realize the seriousness of his position, must be made to see that he is destroying his life and happiness for himself and all those dependent on him.”


  • Original Date of Publication: 1931
  • Author: Richard R. Peabody
  • Number of Pages: 190

Alcoholics Anonymous

“Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book” serves as the cornerstone for recovery from alcoholism.

Written primarily by AA’s co-founder Bill W., this fundamental guide delivers the organization’s philosophy and methods.

It shares narratives of people who’ve faced the struggle with alcoholism and turned their lives around through the AA’s 12-Step program. Offering practical guidance for recovery, the book shines a light on a path towards sobriety.

It’s about hope, resilience, and the power of shared experiences to bring about profound change.

“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.” – Step 1


  • Original Date of Publication: April 10, 1939
  • Author: Bill W.
  • Number of Pages: 575

Beyond the Influence

“Beyond the Influence: Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism” by Katherine Ketcham and William F. Asbury takes readers on a journey through the stages of alcoholism and recovery.

The book drives home the idea that alcoholism is not a moral failing or lack of willpower, but rather a disease of the body and mind.

The authors explore the latest research and treatment methods, offering hope and guidance to those affected. They shed light on the effects of alcohol on the body, the role of genetics, and the importance of treatment and support in overcoming this challenge.

“Denial is an inevitable and natural component of the addictive process. It is not a deliberate, conscious act of deceit; it is a reflex, automatically activated by discomfort.”

  • Original Date of Publication: April 12, 2000
  • Author: Katherine Ketcham and William F. Asbury
  • Number of Pages: 432

Under the Influence


“Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism” is a practical guide that clears up misconceptions about alcoholism.

The authors, James R. Milam and Katherine Ketcham, offer a fresh take on the issue. They shift the blame away from the person who drinks, pointing out that alcoholism is a biological, not moral issue.

This book breaks down complex medical information, making it easy for everyone to understand. It’s all about helping people better understand the nature of alcoholism, how to deal with it, and how to find the road to recovery.

“Most people have no comprehension of the heavy drinker’s great suffering, of the intense inner struggle waged between the overpowering desire to drink and the desperate need not to.”


  • Original Date of Publication: February 12, 1984
  • Author: James R. Milam and Katherine Ketcham
  • Number of Pages: 256

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