What would your life be like without alcohol?
Have you ever asked yourself that question?
I hadn’t. It never even crossed my mind.
Until the pandemic. One good thing about that situation is that it has given many of us the time and space to think about things we do on autopilot. Work. Relationships. Spending money. Drinking.
So far, I’ve come up with more questions than answers.
It Started With a Nagging Feeling I Can No Longer Ignore
One of the great tragedies in life is that late nights and early mornings just don’t go together.
So what do we do? What gets priority?
For the longest time, I prioritised the nights. It was easy, and it was what I knew best.
But for the past year, a constant battle was going on in my mind — more than I like to admit.
Night or morning, night or morning, night or morning? Try both. Try drinking less. Or Try having just one or two.
Stop. Why am I giving alcohol so much power over my life? Why is it such a difficult decision to drink less? If I am this curious about being sober, why am I not just trying it out? What or who is stopping me?
What Does It Mean To Be ‘Sober Curious’?
As all these questions swirled around my head, I came across a movement called Sober Curious (trust us to come up with another cringe name for a wellness trend).
It’s exactly what it sounds like: being curious about being sober. It means to question every impulse, invitation, and expectation to drink instead of drinking on autopilot.
I’ll speak for myself here, but I have never challenged my drinking habits. It was just something I did. At every wedding, every party, every dinner, every brunch, every birthday, every Christmas, every funeral, I drank. Why? Because it’s fun, and everyone else is doing it. That’s the best answer I could come up with.
“We’ve been conditioned to drink our entire lives. We’re told alcohol calms and relaxes us, gives us courage, gets us through parties and work events, and makes us happy.” — Annie Grace in This Naked Mind
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