Mindful Drinking: A New Approach in the Sober Curious Movement

Dara Laine Murray
5 min readMar 6

If you have ever heard of the Sober Curious Movement and wondered what it was all about, then this is the blog post for you. Mindful drinking is a term that grew out of the sober curious movement, and we’ll explore what it means as well as why it’s a good alternative to traditional sobriety. We’ll also help you figure out how to practice mindful drinking so that you can enjoy your drink while still being aware of how much (or little) alcohol you’re consuming.

Mindful Drinking: A New Approach in the Sober Curious Movement
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What is mindful drinking?

Mindful drinking is a way to be aware of the effects of alcohol on your body and mind, as well as how it affects your behavior. It’s also a way to be aware of how alcohol affects your relationships. The goal is to become more mindful about how much you drink, when you drink, and why you drink.

Mindful drinking isn’t something new; it’s been around since ancient times (and probably even earlier). The word “mindfulness” comes from Buddhism and means “paying attention.” In Buddhism, mindfulness is used as an antidote for suffering by helping us see things clearly without judgment or attachment so we can live our lives more fully in each moment rather than worrying about what happened yesterday or tomorrow.

Why should you try mindful drinking?

Mindful drinking is a way to practice self-care, and it’s also a great way to avoid drinking too much. Mindful drinkers are more aware of their surroundings and how they feel while they’re drinking, so they can better monitor their own behavior. The practice of being mindful helps people slow down, which makes it easier for them to keep track of how much alcohol they’ve consumed and when they should stop drinking before things get out of hand.

Mindful drinkers also tend to drink slower than other types of drinkers because mindfulness encourages them not only to pay attention but also to make deliberate choices about their actions (or lack thereof). In other words, mindfulness helps you become more cognizant about what you’re doing as well as why you’re doing it; this gives us control over our lives instead of letting external factors dictate our choices!

How do you practice mindful drinking?

Dara Laine Murray

Multi-passionate sobriety writer on Medium. Day job: Director of Research at a nonprofit. Stories = sober + stats. Editor: https://medium.com/modern-sobriety

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