Dry January, Detty December, No Soda November, each month of the year now has a tag. These tags enable us to give meaning to each month and help us actualize specific goals.
If you’ve been angling towards reducing your drink intake, or you just want to spend a decent amount of time hangover-free, then Sober September is your prayer answered. The concept of Sober September is to go alcohol-free all through the month of September. People who do it, do so because they want to live a healthier lifestyle, recalibrate their drinking patterns, among other things. Although there are apparent benefits to Sober September, its origins are a bit unknown. While all through history, people stay away from alcohol after the festive period, usually as a way to usher in the “new year, new me” goal, the idea of abstaining from drinking in September is relatively new.
More people are becoming sober curious, and they are genuinely looking for ways to reevaluate their alcohol consumption rate. The need to stay healthy has become even more essential in recent times, and as such, more and more people are looking for just about anything that will keep their health in check. Millennials, more specifically, are keen on identifying the benefits of not drinking or a month or more, and concepts like Sober September give them such opportunities.
Even the tiniest of break from drinking can do you a whole lot of good. A recent study showed that people who went sober for 30 days or more saved money, slept well, had a sense of accomplishment, and more.
Generally, it is easier said than done, but you can’t deny that going sober has its merits and benefits. 2020 has not been a kind year for obvious reasons. The stress of 2020 has taken a toll on everyone. As reports indicate, there has been a spike in alcohol purchases in comparison to last year. If you feel you’ve drank too much already this year, Sober September might be the wake-up call you need.
As history suggests, the concept of Sober September first originated in the UK in 2016. Over the years, the concept has gotten lots of publicity because it coincides with the resumption of school. In addition, people also see September as the right time to wind down before the holidays start.
If 30 days without drinking seems a bit of a stretch, you can take things slow. You don’t necessarily need to go the entire 30 days without drinking; a drop in your consumption rate is a tremendous goal as it improves your health and wellness. Sometimes reducing your alcohol intake can be a prominent tweak in your lifestyle. September is already 9 days in, make the other 21 days count by going sober now.