Tagged: Sober Curious

BLOG: The French Dry January: A Success Story Despite Wine Makers’ Lobby And The Complicity of President Macron

The first ever Dry January campaign in France faced stiff opposition from the wine lobby and from President Macron. After originally committing to the campaign, the government withdrew its support in a bow to the lobby pressure of the alcohol industry.
But as Prof Naassila writes in this inspiring article, more than 30 civil society groups joined forces, defied the President and wine lobby and accomplished a remarkable success in the first year of the January challenge “à la française”.
Read about impressive numbers and the story behind the success and find out about the chances that 2021 will see another Dry January challenge…

BLOG: Collective Denial and the Surprises of Seeing Beyond the Alcohol Norm

Many people and societies are in denial about the workings of the current alcohol norm and who is actually benefiting from it.
In this powerful blog, Lucy Rocco, the superstar behind Soberistas, exposes the truth about the alcohol norm, how it harms people and who benefits from it. It’s a truth that took Lucy many years to acknowledge herself. Starting from her own, inspiring personal story, she reveals how booze culture affects people during the current public health crisis. But Lucy writes, beyond these problems there lies the promise of better physical and mental health – something she has been able to enjoy and harness over the last nine years…

NEWS: The Reasons to Reduce or Quit Alcohol During COVID-19 Isolation

There are several good reasons to reduce or quit alcohol during COVID-19 isolation, including, better mental and physical health. The World Health Organization (WHO) has already advised to avoid using alcohol as an unhealthy coping mechanism to deal with stresses of the current pandemic…

NEWS: 3 Reasons Why Japan’s Youth Go Alcohol-Free

Alcohol use has been declining among Japan’s youth who are increasingly preferring alcohol-free lifestyles. According to data from Suntory Holdings in 2019, the market for non-alcohol and low-alcohol beverages had quadrupled. There a three major reasons for this positive trend…

NEWS: UK: NoLo Trend Taking Hold

The NoLo trend is taking hold in the United Kingdom (UK) as more and more youth prefer low- and no-alcohol beverages. According to the annual British craft beer report, NoLo drinks are becoming the biggest trend for 2020 driven by 18 to 24 year olds who are consuming low alcohol beverages or going alcohol-free and switching to non-alcoholic beverages…

REPORT: Legitimizing and Negotiating Abstinence among Young Adults in Denmark

Friendship and peer groups are central relationships for young people and are important arenas for feelings of comfort, a sense of belonging and a source of identity. If policy and/or prevention initiatives focus solely on abstaining as an individual choice or an individual concern, as for example in the ‘just say no’ campaigns, then these initiatives fail to emphasize important aspects of young people’s lives…

NEWS: Media’s Sober Curiosity in 2020

With the dawn of the new decade, sober curiosity in the media and wider society has reached new heights. Ranging from Dry January stories, or covering the sober curious movement to inspiring stories about people who went alcohol-free and/ or overcame their alcohol use problems, the topic of the alcohol-free way of life has been in focus. While this public discourse across much of the Western world is very positive, there are also reasons for scepticism and concern…

NEWS: Big Focus on Alcohol-Free Lifestyle to Start 2020

From Dry January, to the growing sober curious movement and increasing demand for alcohol-free choice, there is increasingly big attention on the alcohol-free way of life in the beginning of 2020.
Dry January began in the United Kingdom many years ago with just 4000 people, but now it’s gaining traction around the world. But the increasing attention to and interest in the alcohol-free way of life and its benefits extends beyond Dry January…

NEWS: Wall Street Begins Changing Alcohol Norm

Catering to the wellness trend among employees Wall Street begins to change the alcohol norm to a more inclusive and healthy environment for all. Banking and trading firm BTIG LLC, for example, cut alcohol from its annual employee celebration on December 12 at its New York City offices in the United States…

NEWS: USA: Alcohol-Free Lifestyle Reshapes Nightlife

The alcohol-free way of life reshapes nightlife across the United States, as more and more people embrace sobriety. The growing alcohol-free way of life can be seen from the new alcohol-free bars and also online with more than 1.2 million #soberlife Instagram posts and more than 500,000 #soberissexy posts. The demographic of people going alcohol-free is vast, while some are recovering from addiction, most people are just looking for a healthier life…