Sober Curious

Sober Curious

The Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, Limitless Presence, and Deep Connection Awaiting Us All on the Other Side of Alcohol

Book - 2018
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How different would our lives be if we stopped drinking on autopilot? If we stopped drinking altogether? Really different, it turns out. Really better. Frank, funny, and always judgment free, Sober Curious is a bold guide to choosing to live hangover-free, from Ruby Warrington, one of the leading voices of the new sobriety movement.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062869036
Branch Call Number: 616.86 WARRINGTON
Characteristics: viii, 229 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 22, 2019

Overall a good book that provides some interesting ideas and tools for those questioning their relationship with alcohol and wanting to explore drinking less. It is clear that the author, Ruby Warrington, has personally engaged in the subject matter as she provides stories from her life as well as encouragement and tips to help others who are Sober Curious.

I especially appreciated her naming of things such as Sober Curious, FOMA (fear of missing alcohol), Sober Firsts (doing things without alcohol), and concepts like cognitive resonance. There are many common-sense helpful principles included around feeling feelings, beginning meditation, and generating positive emotional states from within, while boldly addressing larger systemic injustices and shifts in consciousness and behaviour (towards liberation). Helpful questions permeate along with alternatives and positive consequences of abstinence.

A few caveats - This book is clearly written for a younger audience, I would venture 20 to 30 year-old women mainly middle-upper class from US/UK. The author cites a variety of casual sources, including Netflix films, a press advance q&a, yoga instructors and other people she knows. She criticizes consumer culture while promoting some companies and products, including her own. A big premise is that the reader will have experienced many hangovers. Perhaps most egregious is the use of words and phrases like Boozestory, thank Goddess, FFS, #WellnessGoals, messages from our soul, “Because booze, people”, and Now Age.


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