Reading and following suggestions found in self-help books on alcoholism recovery may make it easier for people to achieve their goals of either abstaining or drinking in moderation.

However, most of the materials listed here are primarily useful to those who wish to reduce or moderate their drinking. Addictions expert Dr. William R. Miller and a colleague examined at least 32 controlled clinical trials of behavioral self-control training. They found that:

  1. Drinkers who seek help (including reading self-help books) to reduce their alcohol consumption are generally experiencing significant problems because of their drinking, but are not as seriously dependent on alcohol as are those who enter abstinence-focused treatment programs.
  2. Drinkers who receive behavioral self-control training generally reduce their alcohol consumption - by amounts averaging 50-70% - and significantly reduce their risk of alcohol-related social and health problems.
  3. Drinkers who use a self-help guide, on their own, to learn behavioral self-control tend to be as successful in reducing their drinking as those who receive outpatient behavioral self-control training from professional counselors.
  4. Those who are most successful in maintaining moderate and problem-free drinking tend to be those with less severe problems and alcohol dependence.1

Two lists of alcoholism self-help books are provided below. Books in the first list are those that can be located on WorldCat, the world's largest network of library content and services. It is the largest “library card catalog” in existence. The second list contains those books for which information is provided on Amazon but not on WorldCat.

People have an amazing ability to overcome alcohol abuse and alcoholism. More than one-third (35.9%) of adults in the U.S. who were earlier diagnosed with alcoholism are now in full recovery, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). It discovered this on the basis of nation-wide polling research.

The fully recovered individuals have no symptoms of either alcohol abuse or alcoholism. They either abstain from alcohol or drink in moderation. The vast majority achieved their success without attending any twelve step meetings or receiving any treatment or therapy of any kind.

Self-help can be highly effective.

First List of Self-Help Books

To learn more about a book in this list, simply click on the title. This leads to WorldCat, which describes the book and indicates which libraries have it in their collections. It also provides information that can be used to order the book from a bookstore or on the internet.

How to change your drinking : a harm reduction guide to alcohol
by Kenneth Anderson
New York, NY : HAMS Harm Reduction Network, 2010.

Responsible drinking : a moderation management approach for problem drinkers
by Frederick Rotgers; Marc F Kern; Rudy Hoeltzel

Over the influence : the harm reduction guide for managing drugs and alcohol
by Patt Denning; Jeannie Little; Adina Glickman
New York : Guilford Press, 2004. (Companion book to Responsible Drinking)

Sex, drugs, gambling, & chocolate : a workbook for overcoming addictions
by A Thomas Horvath
Atascadero, Calif. : Impact Publishers, 2004

How to control your drinking
by William R Miller; Ricardo F Muñoz
Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall, 1976.

Recovery options : the complete guide
by Joseph Volpicelli; Maia Szalavitz
New York : Wiley, 2000.

Changing for good : the revolutionary program that explains the six stages of change and teaches you how to free yourself from bad habits
by James O Prochaska; John C Norcross; Carlo C DiClemente
New York : W. Morrow, 1994.

Sober for good : new solutions for drinking problems--advice from those who have succeeded
by Anne M Fletcher
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2001.

Saying when : how to quit drinking or cut down : an ARF self-help book
by Martha Sanchez-Craig; Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario.
Toronto : Addiction Research Foundation, 1993.

Drinkwise : how to quit drinking or cut down : a self-help book
by Martha Sanchez-Craig; Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario.
Toronto : Addiction Research Foundation, 1995.

The miracle method : a radically new approach to problem drinking
by Scott D Miller; Insoo Kim Berg
New York : W.W. Norton, 1995.

When AA doesn't work for you : rational steps to quitting alcohol
by Albert Ellis; Emmett Charlton Velten
Fort Lee, N.J. : Barricade Books ; Emeryville, CA : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 1992.

How to quit drinking without AA : a complete self-help guide
by Jerry Dorsman
Rocklin, CA : Prima Pub., 1997.

Seven weeks to safe social drinking : how to effectively moderate your alcohol intake
by D J Cornett
Secaucus, N.J. : Carol Pub. Group, 1997.

12 smart things to do when the booze and drugs are gone : choosing emotional sobriety through self-awareness and right action
by Allen Berger
Center City, Minn. : Hazelden, 2010.

12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery & 12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drugs Are Gone : Avoiding Relapse and Choosing Emotional Sobriety through Self-Awareness and Right Action.
by Allen Berger
New York : Hazelden Publishing, 2010. (eBook)

The Vitamin Cure for Alcoholism : How to Protect Against and Fight Alcoholism Using Nutrition and Vitamin Supplementation.
by Abram Hoffer; Andrew W Saul
North Bergen, NJ : Basic Health Publications, 2013.

The cure for alcoholism : the medically proven way to eliminate alcohol addiction
by Roy D Eskapa; David Sinclair; Claudia Christian
Dallas, Tex. : Benbella Books, 2012.

The cure for alcoholism : drink your way sober without willpower, abstinence, or discomfort : the Sinclair method, a medically proven cure for alcoholism
by Roy D Eskapa
Dallas, Tex. : BenBella Books, 2008.

The addiction workbook : a step-by-step guide to quitting alcohol & drugs
by Patrick Fanning; John O'Neill
Oakland, CA : New Harbinger Publications : Distributed in U.S.A. primarily by Publishers Group West, 1996.

The mindfulness workbook for addiction : a guide to coping with the grief, stress and anger that trigger addictive behaviors
by Rebecca E Williams; Julie S Kraft
Oakland, CA : New Harbinger Publications, 2012.

The recovery book : answers to all your questions about addiction and alcoholism and finding health and happiness in sobriety
by Al J Mooney; Howard Eisenberg; Catherine Dold
New York : Workman Publishing, 2014.

The wisdom to know the difference : an acceptance & commitment therapy workbook for overcoming substance abuse
by Kelly G Wilson; Troy DuFrene
Oakland, CA : New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2012.

Beyond the influence : understanding and defeating alcoholism
by Katherine Ketcham; William F Asbury
New York : Bantam Books, 2000.

Empathic attunement : the "technique" of psychoanalytic self psychology
by Crayton E Rowe; David S MacIsaac
Northvale, N.J. : Jason Aronson, 1989.

No more letting go : the spirituality of taking action against alcoholism and drug addiction
by Debra Jay
New York : Bantam Books, 2006.

Cognitive behavioural therapy workbook for dummies
by Rhena Branch; Rob Willson
Chichester : John Wiley & Sons, 2012.

Cool water : alcoholism, mindfulness, and ordinary recovery
by Bill Alexander
Boston : Shambhala, 1997.

Ordinary recovery : mindfulness, alcoholism, and the path of lifelong sobriety
by Bill Alexander
Boston : Shambhala ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. by Random House, Inc., 2010.

How to stay sober : recovery without religion
by James Christopher
Buffalo, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1988.

Overcoming your alcohol, drug and recovery habits : an empowering alternative to AA and 12-step treatment
by James DeSena
Tucson, Ariz. : See Sharp Press, 2003.

Overcoming your alcohol or drug problem : effective recovery strategies : workbook
by Dennis C Daley; G Alan Marlatt
New York : Oxford University Press, 2006. (Workbook to accompany Overcoming your alcohol, drug and recovery habits : an empowering alternative to AA and 12-step treatment

Coming clean : overcoming addiction without treatment
by Robert Granfield; William Cloud
New York University Press, 1999.

Many roads, one journey : moving beyond the twelve steps
by Charlotte Sophia Kasl
New York, NY : HarperPerennial, 1992.(eBook)

The art of moderation : an alternative to alcoholism
by John Michael
Mill Valley, Calif. : Vision Books International, 1999.

The miracle method : a radically new approach to problem drinking
by Scott D Miller; Insoo Kim Berg
New York : W.W. Norton, 1995.

Controlling your drinking : tools to make moderation work for you
by William R Miller; Ricardo F Muñoz
New York : Guilford Press, 2005.

Alternatives to abstinence : a new look at alcoholism and the choices in treatment
by Heather Ogilvie
New York : Hatherleigh Press, 2001.

Addiction is a choice
by Jeffrey A Schaler
Chicago, Ill. : Open Court, 2000.

Problem drinkers : guided self-change treatment
by Mark B Sobell; Linda C Sobell
New York : Guilford Press, 1993.

The small book : a revolutionary alternative for overcoming alcohol and drug dependence
by Jack Trimpey; Rational Recovery Systems (Organization)
New York, NY : Delacorte Press, 1992.

The better way to drink : moderation & control of problem drinking
by Roger E Vogler; Wayne R Bartz
Oakland, CA : New Harbinger Publications, 1985..

Second List of Self-Help Books

The following books are not in WorldCat. To learn about a book in this list, click on the title. This leads to, which describes the book and is a source from which it can be ordered.

Being Sober & Staying Sober: The Best Ways for Getting Past an Alcoholic Past (being sober, living sober, alcoholism...
by Vivian Morgan

Overcome the Alcohol Addiction Problem: A self-help guide to get free from alcoholism (Alcoholism, alcohol addiction... Jul
by Zack Tresek

The Alcoholism Cure - How To Overcome Alcohol Addiction And Be Sober For Life (Alcoholism, Alcohol Addiction,... Nov 29,
by Stephen Hall

I Can't Stop (drinking): A Self Help Guide on Overcoming Alcoholism Apr 3, 2014
by Monika Herrmann and alcoholism

Cutting Back: A Practical Guide For People Who Want to Drink Less (but Still Want to Drink) Aug 29, 2014
by Rob Cotton

How to Stop Drinking 30 Day Plan: 30 days of motivation to a happier, healthier life!
by Liz Hemingway

Alcohol Addiction Relief - Overcoming The Addiction For Good! (Addiction Relief, Recovery, well-being, alcoholism... Jul
by Ciera Scott

Stop Drinking: The Easier Path To Recovery From Alcohol Addiction (Alcoholics Anonymous Book 1)
by William Brown

The Binge Drinking Solution: Control Alcohol Consumption and Stop Binge Drinking for Life (Alcohol, Alcoholism... Nov 10, 2
by Benjamin Tideas

Quit Drinking / Stay Sober: The Easy Way(Alcohol Abuse, Alcohol Recovery, Binge Drinking)
by Anastasia Verg

Cure your Alcoholism Addiction and Happily Live Sober Box Set: Self-Help Guide to Get out of this Destructive...
by Zack Tresek

The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Patient Workbook May 7, 2003
by Robert R. Perkinson

The 12-Step Buddhist: Enhance Recovery from Any Addiction
by Darren Littlejohn

The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure: A Holistic Approach to Total Recovery
by Chris Prentiss

Alcohol Addiction Cure: Overcome Alcohol Addiction for Life, How to Deal with Alcoholism (Cure Alcohol Addiction...
by Dale Collins

Sober Is My New Drunk: 850 Days (and Counting) without Booze or AA. A Comedy in Twelve Steps.
by Paul Carr

Powerless No Longer: Reprogramming Your Addictive Behavior
by Peter W. Soderman and Michael Werner

Alcoholism Treatment For Being Happy Again: The Ultimate Guide To Help You Walk Away From Alcohol: Alcoholism...
by Frank Owell

Staying Sober Without AA
by Charles Deemer

The Problem Was Me: How to End Negative Self-Talk and Take Your Life to a New Level
by Thomas Gagliano and Abraham J. Twerski

Alcoholism: How to cure alcoholism, binge drinking, and how to understand why you drink (Addiction recovery)
by Angel Marrero

How To Conquer Your Alcoholism: A Complete and Useable Program and Reference Guide To Getting & Staying Sober Jan 16, 2015
by D H Williams

The Triumph of Addiction Recovery in the Breakdown of the Bicameral, Addictive Voice, or, Who Killed Julian Jaynes... Mar 18, 2009
by Jack Trimpey

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  • 1. Adapted from Miller, W.R., and Munoz, R.F. Controlling Your Drinking: Tools to Make Moderation Work for You. NY: Guilford, 2005. Pp. x-xi.

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