More and more people these days are actively choosing to live a more balanced, healthy lifestyle, which might mean they are cutting down on alcohol or even removing it from their lives completely. Sober curiosity is a term we have often used but what exactly does it refer to? What does it mean to be sober curious and how can you try a sober curious lifestyle yourself?
What does sober curiosity mean?
To answer this, it’s important to know the difference between sobriety and sober curiosity. Unlike sobriety, which is often a result of alcoholism or alcohol use disorder, sober curiosity is about having the option to choose, question or change your drinking habits for health-focused reasons. Whether these reasons are based on your physical or mental health doesn’t matter but sober curiosity is about wanting to understand the reasons fueling a desire to drink or get drunk and the way alcohol has a negative impact on one’s life.
Over recent years, more people are deciding to remove alcohol from their lives opting instead to live a healthier, more productive lifestyle. Many therefore choose to be sober curious in order to have a more balanced way of living and improve their health, energy and general performance.
What are the benefits of sober curiosity?
According to a 2018 study, 1 month of abstaining from alcohol may help lower blood pressure and risk for alcohol-related diseases. Do we need to say more? Besides that, cutting down on alcohol or completely going alcohol free can result in weight loss. If you’re a regular drinker, you are consuming a lot more calories and sugars than non-drinkers, a common issue resulting in obesity.
Overall, these are the most important benefits of switching to non-alcoholic beverages:
- No hangovers
- Less sugar
- Less calories
- Overall healthier
- Lower blood pressure
- No/lower risk for alcohol-related diseases
Living a sober curious lifestyle: how to get started
If you’re interested in taking your first steps to a balanced, healthy lifestyle, then cutting down on alcohol might be one of the first steps to consider.
But sometimes it might be a little more difficult to get started than it sounds. On many social occasions, drinking a glass of wine or having a beer is considered to be a “must”. An outdated thought, if you ask us. Who says you can’t enjoy dinner without an alcoholic glass of wine? Instead, there are increasingly more alcohol free wines, or non-alcoholic alternatives to wine on the market.
What are the best non-alcoholic drinks if you’re sober curious?
So what do you drink then? On a daily basis, it’s probably not that difficult to stick to non-alcoholic drinks, but it might be more difficult to avoid if you’re out to dinner, looking to pair with food, or at a wedding, requiring a celebration drink in hand. Water or soft drinks aren’t the best options as they’re pretty unsophisticated, uninteresting or not very healthy. Luckily these days however, more and more non-alcoholic alternatives are streaming onto the market.
If you’re looking for a versatile, low calorie drink that you can enjoy on a sunny day in the park, a barbecue or simply to have a moment for yourself, we recommend trying REAL Dry Dragon. This premium kombucha is light and citrusy with notes of sweet lemons and grapefruit, which makes it dry and fresh, perfect for a late summer afternoon! Dry Dragon is delicious drunk on its own at any time of the day but also works really well with foods you’d often pair a crisp white wine with such as shellfish, seasonal greens, salad goats cheese.
Would you prefer to drink something a bit more sophisticated? There are many occasions, whether it’s a wedding, at Christmas or a graduation, where non-drinkers are looking for a cultured tipple to mark the moment. REAL Royal Flush is a non-alcoholic alternative to sparkling wine and prosecco. Served chilled in a Champagne flute, Royal Flush is delicate, fresh and floral, with notes of white peach and rhubarb. This sophisticated sparkling is one of the best non-alcoholic drinks to serve guests choosing not to drink that delivers all the mouthfeel and character notes of an off-dry sparkling wine but without the hangover.