In recent years, the concept of being "sober curious" has gained popularity, with more people choosing to question their relationship with alcohol. This movement is about exploring the benefits of sobriety, even if only temporarily, and reconsidering the role of alcohol in our lives. But why is this happening, and what does it mean for those who are choosing to go sober curious?
What is sober curious?
The sober curious movement is all about questioning the role that alcohol plays in our lives. It's about being mindful of our relationship with alcohol and choosing to drink less or not at all. For many people, this means experimenting with sobriety and exploring what life is like without the crutch of alcohol.
People are choosing to explore sobriety as a way to take control of their health and wellbeing, without necessarily identifying as alcoholics or addicts. Ruby Warrington, author of "Sober Curious: The Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, Deep Connection, and Limitless Presence Awaiting Us All on the Other Side of Alcohol," explains the concept as “a very gentle invitation to reconsider your relationship with alcohol, and just see if it feels better.”
The benefits of being sober curious
So, what are the benefits of being sober curious? For many people, it can lead to improved mental and physical health, better relationships, and a more present and fulfilling life.
Paul Duncan, founder of NZ mocktail brand Elta Ego, said, "A number of years ago, I significantly reduced my drinking as I realised that the classic Kiwi binge culture that I had embraced for so long was impacting my physical and mental health as well as the motivation and mental clarity required to fulfill my goals and dreams. I realised that I only ever felt like my best self whenever I would stop drinking for a few weeks - I would have so much energy, motivation and confidence and would work towards and achieve goals that I had put off for so long."
Another key advantages of being sober curious is the ability to connect more deeply with oneself and others. As Warrington notes, “If you’re relying on alcohol to connect with people, then you’re not really connecting with people, you’re just connecting with the version of yourself that you think people want to see.”
Being sober allows people to be more authentic and present in their relationships, leading to deeper connections and more fulfilling experiences.
Why are people falling out of love with alcohol?
There are many reasons why people are choosing to be sober curious. Some people may be looking to improve their health, while others may be seeking a more meaningful and fulfilling life. For some, it's about breaking free from the social pressures and expectations that come with drinking, while for others, it's about healing from past traumas or addressing mental health issues.
While drinking in moderation is generally considered safe, the dangers of alcohol abuse are well-documented. Alcohol in excess can cause a range of physical and mental health problems, including liver disease, heart disease, depression, anxiety, and addiction. Thus, the potential health benefits to sobriety include improved sleep, reduced anxiety, and weight loss.
So, as more people embrace the sober curious movement, it’s clear that there is a growing desire for a healthier, more authentic, and more connected way of living. As Warrington says, “there’s something really empowering about making this choice for yourself, and being part of this growing community of people who are choosing to live their lives differently.” Whether you’re interested in exploring sobriety for a night, a week, or a lifetime, the benefits of being sober curious are clear – and it’s a trend that shows no signs of slowing down.
Each of our May 2023 Mental Health box contains a can of Elta Ego's expertly crafted non-alcoholic cocktail, which not only tastes good but contains bioactive adaptogens that help lift your mood, confidence and energy to socialise without any of the downsides of alcoholic drinks. Subscribe today: