The Sobriety Spectrum

What 2,000 Millennial Women Have To Say About Sobriety

Including their thoughts on pandemic drinking, being “sober curious,” and more.

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With more young people taking a break from booze, Bustle asked 2,005 women ages 25-40 across the U.S. about sobriety in a survey conducted by OnePoll. Read on to see why some abstain, how the pandemic affected drinking, and how many people identify as sober curious.

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What Our Relationship With Alcohol Is Like

People across the spectrum of sobriety responded to the April 2021 poll: Some drink or smoke pot, while others abstain entirely, and 175 people out of 2,005 self-identified as sober curious, meaning they’re conscious about their drinking.

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The Biggest Reasons We Choose Sobriety

Being happier without substances and health concerns were the two most common motivators that made people want to identify as some kind of sober.

[Drinking] has never been fun to me.

— one survey respondent

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How Sober Challenges Affect Us

A little less than half of respondents had started or finished a challenge like Dry January, and many of those people said it affected how they drank going forward.

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How Often We Cut Corners

Is it that bad to have a glass of wine if you’re “Cali sober”? Less than half of respondents who weren’t 100% sober stick with their drinking boundaries most of the time.

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2020: A Big Year For Sober Challenges

With people stuck at home, many took time to reassess their relationship with alcohol. Two-thirds of respondents who had ever done Dry January or similar did so during the pandemic.

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How The Pandemic Affected Our Drinking

For people who didn’t abstain from alcohol entirely, the pandemic had varied effects on their boozing habits.