Dying for a Drink” by Dr. Anderson Spickard is the best book on alcoholism from a Christian and medical perspective. An accompanying CD is also a great resource where Steve Wood interviews Dr. Spickard on key topics that he covers in his book including:

  • Why do people become alcoholics?
  • Is addiction a disease or a sin?
  • How do you tell if someone is simply drinking too much or is genuinely addicted?
  • What can family members and friends do to help stop the downward spiral of an alcoholic?
  • What positive role can the church play?
  • Is it ever necessary to seek professional intervention?
  • Does Alcoholics Anonymous really help?


Contact a local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous and regularly attend meetings. Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.


A good Catholic book on alcoholism is  To Slake a Thirst: The Matt Talbot Way to Sobriety, by Philip Maynard. This book is about Matt Talbot, the Irishman who is a hero to many reformed Catholic alcoholics and is now a candidate for sainthood. Click here to read a good book review and summary.


Alcoholism is often the cause of underlying problems that may be contributing to the alcoholism. Seeking a good counselor or psychologist could greatly help anyone struggling with alcoholism, as well as friends or family members of alcoholics. Click here for advice on choosing a good counselor.