Tagged: Sober Inspiration

BLOG: Slowly, The World Is Changing Rapidly

In this personal and heart-felt blog post, Lucas is reflecting about his reason to organize around the alcohol-free way of life and to join the Swedish IOGT-NTO movement. He shares compelling insights into the workings of the alcohol norm in Sweden and his take on the revolutionary times we are living in, as the shitty, sexist and violent alcohol norm is being replaced by a new and better social culture…

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: Harvard: Addiction Recovery During COVID-19 Crisis

Three key points of advice for healthy coping strategies during this time of uncertainty, stress and anxiety when support systems that people normally use to manage existing health problems, such as addiction, have been altered or eliminated. The COVID-19 crisis and the importance of physical distancing create barriers against these sources of support for people in recovery, struggling to maintain sobriety and attempting to quit or reduce their substance use…

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NEWS: Virtual Tools, Real Help: Staying Sober During Pandemic

As physical meetings for individual counseling and mutual support groups have become impossible during the COVID-19 physical distancing and social solidarity measures, virtual tools are providing real help for people in recovery from substance use disorders, struggling to maintain their sobriety, or for people choosing to quit or reduce their alcohol use…

NEWS: Mindful Sobriety Is Booming

“Mindful Sobriety” is the new health and wellbeing trend, driven by millennials. The concept is simple, combining mindfulness with sobriety to question the relationship with alcohol and ask whether alcohol is really necessary.
Millennials who are more health and wellbeing conscious have been driving the sober or alcohol-free way of life around the world. The trend has been picking up and is becoming increasingly popular…

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: 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…