Sober curious

Sober Curious – A bite-sized book review

Subtitle

The blissful sleep, greater focus, limitless presence, and deep connection, awaiting us all on the other side of Alcohol

Author tidbit

I love when journalists write books because of their superpower-like abilities to tell stories, research topics and most importantly, eloquently present it in ways that we can all resonate with the content. Ruby Warrington is not an exception to this rule, she does not disappoint with this book. She’s a British author that lives in NYC. She’s also the creator of Numinous, and Club Söda NYC. life-story to share which he openly shares in this book.

Who’s it written for?

Anyone that has ever woken up hungover wondering why they did that to themselves and saying something along the lines of “I’m never drinking again, it’s poison”. . . But doing it on a loop.

Some of the states I’ve used alcohol to attempt to replicate are: relaxation, amusement, connection, pleasure and transcendence. The good news is that I experience all these “highs” and more as a sober curious person.

What it’s about?

Being sober curious! The Who what when where and how. Ruby dives into one of the biggest, and most socially-accepted addictions there is, alcohol. She does this in a way that forces us to do some introspection and reflect on Questions such as: “Have I lost my ability to wind down and relax without alcohol? How do I consider sobriety when I’m surrounding by alcohol lovers? Can I be funny, outgoing and dance all night without alcohol?” Among much much more. She’s on her own journey and brings us along with her.

3 Takeaways

1. Why are you drinking? Alcohol is always a band-aid.

2. Do you have to drink around certain people? Are you surrounded by the wrong people?

3. Your health and life will improve tremendously without alcohol.

1 Pro?

This is quite a heavy topic! However Ruby has an unbelievable ability to be factual, witty and quite convincing as well. She appeals to the logical part of the brain with this book.

1 Con?

She mentions the spiritual part in small, calculated doses that she always finished with something along the lines of “enough with the weird stuff, back to the real news”. I am genuinely interested in this aspect of it, and she sort of downplays it despite writing very interesting stuff and peaking my curiosity.

Cop it or drop it?

Cop it, this book is most definitely worth the read! It sheds some light on the drink elephant in the room in a direct-yet-tasteful way. It’s concise, to the point, not too repetitive.

“We’re all on a journey to lead healthier lives, a journey that will make you unfuckwithable

Im grateful to have read this book, I’ve been sober-curious for years now and she hits the nail on the head. The peer pressure, the culture of booze and it’s association with being more fun, more cool, more relaxed etcetera makes choosing sobriety a daunting and seemingly impossible task.

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