What is "Sober Curious"?
It's a lovely evening out. You've get a phone call and your friends ask if you’d like to grab drinks. You agree, because…why not? Once in the bar, it’s gossip, laughter, and shots. Wait, how many has it been? Two? Or three? No, wait, it’s four because your buddy just ordered another round. And before you know it, you’re drunk.
Let’s be clear: getting drunk is not a major concern if you indulge occasionally. But you don’t. Beyond after-work drinks, you also have dinners, wild nights out, and nightcaps. Scaling back on your alcohol consumption would probably do you good. The only question is, how? Meet the sober-curious movement.
What is “sober-curious”?
Being sober-curious means “to choose to question, or get curious about, every impulse, invitation, and expectation to drink, versus mindlessly going along with the dominant drinking culture.” Put simply, sober curiosity helps individuals explore elements of a booze-free lifestyle without entirely abstaining.
How to cut back on alcohol (without feeling miserable)
Now, here comes the most crucial question: how do you incorporate sober curiosity into your life—so you maximize wellness and waste fewer mornings hung over, tired, anxious, etc.? Here are three strategies.
#1: Be honest about the role alcohol plays in your life
Ask yourself: what are you hoping to achieve with alcohol? Are you popping open that bottle of champagne to celebrate, or are you hoping it’ll erase your existential fears? Be extremely honest because this helps you find alternative and arguably healthier ways to achieve the same feelings. Here are a few examples (some are unorthodox, so keep your mind open!
Feeling loved and socially connected: Recognize that you don’t have to drink alcohol to have a good time with colleagues, friends, and family. Why not propose alcohol-free drinks like Klean Lean and Moon Slyme?
Getting a buzz: Searching for a relaxed, happy feeling? There are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks—featuring ingredients like hemp derived THC, adaptogens, nootropics, and, let's not forget, full spectrum CBD—that’ll give you a buzz minus the dreaded next-day hangover. Psst: getting to the big O could also help!
Enjoying the bar atmosphere: As surprising as this may sound, you can enjoy the bar atmosphere without slinging back consecutive shots. Ask the bartender for non-alcoholic drinks. Order snacks to munch on so you reduce your stomach's capacity for alcohol. Or, hey, you could even try to re-create the bar atmosphere at home!
#2: Practice mindfulness when you do drink
The next time you indulge, don’t drink as though you’ve just been through an intense spin session—instead, savor every sip as though it came from a wine bottle with a thousand-dollar price tag. Practice mindfulness. Truly paying attention to your alcohol consumption may cut down on the amount you drink. Consider cocktails that contain herbs and cannabis as an alcohol alternative.
#3: Replace alcohol with cannabis
There is no one standardized way of practicing sober curiosity. Just because you do well one week, and then slip back into old habits the next week, it doesn’t mean that you’ve failed. Zoom out; look at the big picture.
Instead of despairing and declaring that you “just can’t do it”, understand that it took you a long time to develop your current relationship with alcohol—and that changing it will thus require effort and time. Acknowledge that alcohol is a dangerous drug that takes lives. There's no other way to say that. Choosing cannabis based drinks is a safer and healthier alternative.