For some folks, the decision to abstain from alcohol is completely clear . . . there is simply no other alternative. But what about when an individual’s relationship with drinking isn’t as clear? According to author Ruby Warrington, being sober curious means “literally to choose, to question, or get curious about every impulse, invitation and expectation to drink, versus mindlessly going along with the dominant drinking culture.”
This self-reflection has led to the emerging “sober curious” movement, which encourages people to evaluate their choices, question their actions, and identify unhealthy habits. For those who are not ready or willing to abstain completely, this offers an alternative that is less threatening while promoting a health-conscious lifestyle.