Explore sober curious and mindful drinking

You may have heard about ‘mindful drinking’ and ‘sober curious’ lifestyles. This global movement is being led by health-conscious younger adults and is now embraced by all ages. But what exactly does this mean and how can we practice this new mindset?

What is mindful drinking?

Mindful drinking is an attitude. When you drink mindfully, you become more aware of how alcohol affects your mind and body. And it’s up to you decide if you can live with these effects or if you are ready to make a change.

What does it mean to be sober curious?

Being sober curious means a bit more questioning of when, how much and why we drink. And a lot less of simply ‘going along’ with the dominant drinking culture that exists across social situations, often subconsciously or because we feel that it is socially expected of us.

What both have in common is that people who choose to go alcohol-free or drink in a more mindful way make the change to improve physical and/or mental health.

How to practice these lifestyles

    • Recognise triggers for unhealthy habits

An awkward social situation? A bad day at a work? An event where you don’t know anyone? If your immediate response is to have a drink, acknowledge this and replace with a healthier alternative the next time it happens.

    • Remember that the choice to drink – or not drink – is yours alone

Everyone has a different motivation for drinking alcohol and the same is true for not drinking. Many of us will be familiar with having to give multiple reasons (or being forced to make up excuses) for not drinking on a night out. Be empowered that this a decision only you can make for yourself and others should accept that.

    • Reframe your perception of alcohol-free

Instead of thinking you’ll be missing out by not drinking, think about all the positive things you will gain. By choosing a soda water and lime in place of your usual spirit, you’ll have more energy to get up and out the next day and more motivation to do what you had planned.