Week four: Knowledge is power

Millie Gooch | April 2022 | 5 minutes

Millie Gooch, founder of the Sober Girl Society, brings us some brilliant tips on tackling Sober Spring - the three-month sabbatical off alcohol.

Unless they live on the edge, most people don’t wake up one morning and then decide to run a marathon in the same afternoon. Instead, they prepare for it and more importantly, they do their research. They read books about running, they trawl reviews on the best pavement-pounding trainers and (as someone who has never been remotely interested in running a marathon, this is pure guesswork) they probably watch Inspirational YouTube videos of Mo Farah. The point is, if you want to do something, learning about it can only really benefit you in the long run. Here’s my tips for a Sober Spring swot-up:

Read quit lit

Yep, there’s a whole genre of literature out there for people ‘quitting’ and all of them as helpful as the next. These are some of my favourites:

The Sober Girl Society Handbook (I wrote it so yes, I am biased)

The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober

Sunshine Warm Sober

The Sober Lush


Quit Like a Woman

Sober Curious

This Naked Mind

Listen to podcasts

If you prefer to get your information audibly in bitesize chunks then one of the many sobriety podcasts might be helpful to you. My top listens are:

Seltzer Squad Pod

Sober Curious

Love Sober

One for the road

Recovery Disco

The Alcohol Problem Podcast

Watch documentaries & television programmes

Lastly, if books and podcasts aren’t your thing, there’s some great TV documentaries out there with loads of helpful info as well as programmes that actually give some quite accurate depictions of problem drinking. Here’s some that I love:

Hayley Goes Sober

Risky Drinking

A Royal Hangover

Drinkers Like Me

And Just Like That

The Flight Attendant

The Queen’s Gambit