Books on alcoholism


Books on mental health


Under the Influence : A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism
by James Robert Milam and Katherine Ketcham provides a good overview of alcoholism and of the physical aspects of the disease and of its progression.

Beyond the Influence: Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism
by Katherine Ketcham, William F. Asbury, Mel Schulstad, and Arthur P. Ciaramicoli.
Makes the case that alcoholism is a disease.  With recommendations for its treatment.

Seven Weeks to Sobriety by Joan Mathews Larson contains some interesting insights into the physical aspects of the disease, and of the importance of diet and nutrition for some recovering alcoholics.

My Name Is Bill : Bill Wilson--His Life and the Creation of Alcoholics Anonymous by Susan Cheever is being published by Simon & Schuster in February 2004, and can be ordered from and

The Thinking Person's Guide to Sobriety
by Bert Pluymen

A lawyer tells of his own recovery from alcoholism, and tells about other alcoholics.  The book can help one to answer the question, "Am I an alcoholic?"  This book recommends the program of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Psychology of Alcohol and Other Drugs : A Research Perspective
by John Jung

A serious academic work, 648 pages, that synthesizes considerable research on alcoholism and other substance abuse.

A Path to Sobriety, The Inside Passage: A Common Sense Book on Understanding Alcoholism and Addiction
Dennis L. Siluk

Handbook of Clinical Alcoholism Treatment

Edited by Bankole A. Johnson, Pedro Ruiz, and Marc Galanter. Baltimore, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2003, 316 pp., $42.00 (paper).

"The editors and chapter authors of the
Handbook of Clinical Alcoholism Treatment set out to provide a comprehensive, easily accessible review addressing crucial issues in the understanding of the disease of alcoholism. They have accomplished this with extraordinary attention to detail in what has morphed into a mini-textbook rather than a cursory review or handbook. For primary care providers and addiction specialists, this resource provides extensive epidemiological, neurobiological, psychological, and sociocultural knowledge relevant to the understanding and successful treatment of patients suffering from alcoholism."--from review at

Alcoholics Anonymous Literature

Of the various books published by Alcoholics Anonymous, the following three are the ones generally considered most important to people recovering in A.A.:

Alcoholics Anonymous, referred to as "the Big Book," explains the program of recovery and contains various chapters in which individual alcoholics tell their stories of recovery.
Recently issued Fourth Edition.

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, referred to as "the Twelve and Twelve," contains chapters explaining the twelve steps of the
A. A. program of recovery and the twelve traditions that guide the fellowship.

Living Sober, a slim paperback written in the 1970's, contains thirty-one short chapters with helpful ideas on living sober.  Especially helpful for beginners.