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

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

by Ruby Warrington

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Would life be better without alcohol?

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. 

Drawing on research, expert interviews, and personal narrative, Sober Curious is a radical take down of the myths that keep so many of us drinking. Inspiring, timely, and blame free, Sober Curious is both conversation starter and handbook—essential reading that empowers readers to transform their relationship with alcohol, so we can lead our most fulfilling lives.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062869050
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/31/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 90,992
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

RUBY WARRINGTON is a lifestyle writer and former features editor of the UK's Sunday Times Style supplement. In 2013, she created The Numinous, an online magazine that bridges the gap between the mystical and the mainstream. She is also the cofounder of Moon Club, an online mentoring program for spiritual activists, and "sober curious" event series Club SODA NYC. She now lives in New York City with her husband, Simon (a.k.a. "The Pisces").

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Nature Of The Beast 17

Maybe We're All a Little Bit Addicted

How the Habit Takes Hold

No More Moderation or Pretending

Changing a Habit Is the Hardest

Turn Every "Relapse" into a Reminder

2 Conquering Foma (Fear Of Missing Alcohol) 39

Get to Know What Triggers Your FOMA

How Am I Supposed to Socialize Sober?

Alcohol and the "Cult of Personality"

Life Is the Opposite of Boring Without Booze

3 Sober Curious Love, Sex, And Relationship? 61

I'm Supposed to Date Sober, Too?

We Alt Know Sober Sex Is the Best Sex

The Role of Booze in a Hookup Culture

Getting Sober Curious Is About Learning to Love You

4 Spirits and Spirituality 83

The Link Between Spirits and Spirituality

The Real Genie in the Bottle

Who Am I (Without Alcohol)?

5 Wine In The Age Of Wellness 103

Your Body Has Always Been Sober Curious

All You're Really Addicted to Is Your Thoughts, and Meditation Can Help with That

The Blissful Sleep Piece

#Wellness as a Call to Something Bigger

6 Core Desired Feelings 129

Happiness Is Our Natural State

It's Time to Stop Taking the Edge Off

The Future Is Emotionally Intelligent

Alcohol and the Confidence Paradox

7 Getting High On My Own Supply 151

Sing, Dance, Tell Stories, Savor the Sweetness of Silence

Highs Worth Having Are Worth Working For

When I Want to Relax

When I Want to Have Fun

When I Want to Connect

When I Want to Feel Pleasure

When I Want to Transcend

8 The Power Of Positive Drinking? 177

Drinking, with Due Respect

A Good Night Is Allowed to Look Different for Everyone

9 Vision For A Hangover-Free Society 193

More Hopeful, More Mentally and Emotionally Resilient

It's Not Them, It's You

A Sober Curious Society That's Better for Everybody

Regaining (Collective) Consciousness One Sober First at a Time

10 An Alternative 12 Steps For Living Sober Curious 217

Acknowledgments 221

Resources 223

Notes 225

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