The new sobriety movement frames not drinking alcohol as a positive lifestyle choice that anyone might make. Read on to learn about the joy of sobriety.
The new sobriety movement frames not drinking alcohol as a positive lifestyle choice that anyone might make.
72: Alcohol’s harmfulness score, out of 100, making it the number-one most harmful drug to individuals and society, according to a landmark 2010 study
57%: Proportion of the global population that hasn’t had a drink in 12 months
6.5 million: people in the UK who said they participated in Dry January in 2021
40%: Americans in a 2019 poll who said they were drinking less than they were five years prior
46%: Proportion of the US drinking-age population has tried a non-alcoholic beer or cocktail
One of the faces behind the joy of sobriety
Among the most influential people in the new sobriety movement is Annie Grace, author of the books This Naked Mind and The Alcohol Experiment. She runs two digital recovery programs and hosts a twice-weekly podcast.
Grace, who got sober in her 30s and previously worked in marketing, counsels that it’s possible to rid oneself of the desire to drink—thereby making sobriety not a struggle, but an easy choice. When you change your perspective on alcohol, she writes in This Naked Mind, “you begin to see the truth about drinking. When this happens, no willpower is required, and it becomes a joy not to drink.”
Another crucial Grace tenet is that the term “alcoholic” isn’t always useful. Grace wants to do away with this divide between alcoholics and normal drinkers, instead pushing society toward acknowledging that people don’t have to wait for their problem to worsen before quitting drinking.
Discover the joy of sobriety yourself
The joy of sobriety isn’t out of reach for you or anyone else. Start reading This Naked Mind for free right now to learn how you can capture your joy once again!