I recently learned about the Sober Curious Movement. It is a movement where people choose to eliminate (or significantly reduce) alcohol from their lives, not because they’re addicted but because they want to be healthier and reduce the anxiety that often comes with drinking. It has been gradually growing over the past year.
I was sober before it was cool.
Over the past few years, I’ve been attaining from alcohol. I even went a full two years without taking even a sip of alcohol. I wasn’t sober because I had an addiction or because I needed to be. I was sober because I didn’t like the way alcohol made me feel physically and emotionally. The way alcohol made me feel emotionally, oftentimes caused me to have a mental health episode. Drinking alcohol was just really unhealthy for my mental health, so I just stopped.
It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I see the difference in myself now and myself when I used to binge drink. My mind is clearer. Now, when I’m having a bad day, instead of drinking and potentially put myself at risk of a mental health episode and harming myself, I use healthy coping mechanisms and work to improve myself and my situation. Also, this movement reduces the stigma that was once around being sober. So I really support this movement and the fact that people are choosing to stay sober.
Another good thing about choosing a sober “lifestyle” is that it’s a money saver. Compared to non-alcoholic drinks, alcohol can be expensive. While this is not the reason I’m sober, it’s definitely a benefit.
However, experts warn that this movement is NOT an alternative to rehab if you are addicted. I agree with this. If someone is addicted, being and staying sober does not equal recovery. Those who are addicted need to be monitored and need the tools taught in rehab to recover. For these people, sobriety is not a trend or something “cool” to try; it’s a commitment.
But if you’re going into this just because you’re curious or want to be healthier, then I highly encourage it.
Below is a video about the movement (Good Morning America):