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How to Have a “Sober Curious” Summer

Sober Curious Denver

If you are concerned about your relationship with alcohol,  you will find the Holderness Family’s recent blog post and podcast about having a sober curious summer incredibly interesting. 


As much as Penn and I like to drink socially, we noticed recently that it’s not always serving us. More than one glass of wine will mess with my sleep and I can barely function the next day. (I blame perimenopause.) We’ve also learned more about Penn’s family history with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Recent studies say that alcohol can sometimes accelerate both. 

According to the National Institute of Health, drinking is at its highest season in the summer, excluding drinking behavior in December. So we decided that this summer, we’re going to be ‘sober curious.’ 

Being sober curious allows you to opt out of drinking, without swearing off alcohol altogether. Author Ruby Warrington even wrote a whole book about it called Sober Curious: The Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, Limitless Presence, and Deep Connection Awaiting Us All on the Other Side of Alcohol. She explains that sober curiosity is about questioning every impulsive, invitation, and expectation to drink versus drinking mindlessly. 

It’s the nagging question more and more of us are finding harder to ignore, whether we have a “problem” with alcohol or not. After all, we yoga. We green juice. We meditate. We self-care. And yet, come the end of a long work day, the start of a weekend, an awkward social situation, we drink. One glass of wine turns into two turns into a bottle. In the face of how we care for ourselves otherwise, it’s hard to avoid how alcohol really makes us feel… terrible.

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. 

If you’re curious to learn more, be sure to check out the Holderness Family’s podcast which does a deeper dive into their sober curious summer. 


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