Why I'm Going Sober Curious
Last month, I stumbled across the term sober curious and it immediately resonated with me.
I’ve been meaning to cut down on my alcohol for awhile now, but have been caught up in a cycle of being sober, then not, sober, then not. The idea of a wellness approach to alcohol without any restrictive rules or a hard stop to drinking sounded like the solution I was looking for.
At face value, this doesn’t seem like a big deal. Just moderate your alcohol intake, right? Yet for a lot of us, this is harder than it sounds. Our social culture, whether that’s office happy hours, networking events, or first dates, almost always revolves around alcohol and it can be easy to get into a default state of drinking that negatively affects your physical and mental health.
As I get older and the physical toll gets higher, I’ve been forced to think about my relationship with alcohol on a deeper level. What do I like about alcohol? Why do I drink? When do I regret drinking? And through this process, I realized that for most situations I’d actually prefer to smoke weed or stay sober. I tend to overdrink as a way to cope with social anxiety when I can handle these conversations sober just fine.
As I go sober curious, I’m excited to make more conscious decisions about my drinking habits (for instance, drinking mostly with my close friends and family and not coworkers or strangers) and explore non-alcoholic beverages, whether that’s a CBD drink or just seltzer, that I know will better serve me in the long-run.
If you want to learn more about the topic, check out this Vox article or read the book itself, Sober Curious: The Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, Limitless Presence, and Deep Connection Awaiting Us All On The Other Side of Alcohol.