Living Your Best Life: Sober Curiosity
In a world where consuming alcohol is the norm, the term sober curiosity raises many eyebrows and glasses. The now socially acceptable trend derived from people who simply wanted to slow down on drinking and live a healthier lifestyle. The concept has actually created a movement amongst people who want to have fun and be social but just don’t want the dreaded hangover and terrible after effects of alcohol. It began as a challenge for individuals who felt they consumed way too much alcohol during a New Year’s Celebration. The challenge quickly spread to social media and became a worldwide phenomenal.
What does Sober Curious mean?
Don’t be afraid here – sober curiosity doesn’t necessarily mean eliminating alcohol all together. It’s the state of being more aware and conscious of the expectation to drink, however, some people may opt to abstain from drinking all together and some may be choose to drink in mindful moderation. It all boils down to your comfort level when it comes to consuming alcohol.
What’s the Point of Sober Curiosity?
It comes down to an overall better and healthier feeling. You don’t get the whole lazy, lethargic type of feeling when you wake up the next morning. In fact you feel refreshed, rested, and ready to take on the world. Say goodbye to stubborn headaches and nausea. The fact that alcohol is a depressant and brings about these symptoms when consumed are a turn off to some people and they just don’t want to be bothered with the nagging aftereffects of getting wasted.
We all know the dangerous effects that alcohol has on the body — long term negative impacts on your heart, brain, and immune system. There are also psychological issues that can develop from the use of alcohol. The development of depression, schizophrenia, bipolar and anxiety disorders are not uncommon. Alcohol can wreak havoc on avid dieters being that the need to eat and snack occurs after an alcoholic binge and the extra calories you pack in could be damaging. The ability to weigh your options when it comes to drinking and being mindful of what you consume play a lead role in the sober curiosity movement.
Just because you are more conscious and aware of alcohol consumption doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun and enjoy life. People equate having a good time and being a social butterfly with the consumption of huge amounts of alcohol and this couldn’t be further from the truth. Non alcoholic bars and pop up bars are actually trending. Although some only use to cater to those in recovery, now they are open to the public because everyone could benefit from healthier social scene. The great thing about these bars are that they mimic standard bars, which puts you in a familiar surrounding. They also serve delicious mocktails such as the Shirley Temple (Sprite) and Roy Rodgers (Coke) topped with cherries. One looks like Vodka and the other mimics Rum – the variety and choices are endless when it comes to these fun bars and drinks. The best part is you are enjoying yourself while promoting good health whilst doing so.