The ‘Sober Curious’ movement: why more young people are choosing not to drink alcohol
May 19, 2023
A blog article on the Positive Choices website discusses the sober curious movement, encouraging people to question the role of alcohol in their lives and choose to drink less or not at all to improve their overall health. This movement aligns with the decreasing alcohol consumption trend in Australia, particularly among young people.
The National Drug Strategy Household Survey revealed that more young Australians are reducing their alcohol intake or abstaining completely. Health concerns, including mental health, physical appearance, and long-term effects, play a significant role in this decision. Changes in parenting practices, such as reduced alcohol supply and increased parental monitoring, may also contribute to the decline in drinking rates.
The article emphasises the immediate benefits of avoiding hangovers, improving sleep, and reducing the risk of alcohol-related accidents. Long-term advantages include decreased risks of liver problems, brain damage, heart issues, diabetes, cancers, and improved mental and social well-being.