Anyone else taking on Sober October? Every time I back off beer for an extended period of time, i see benefits (Feel better, sleep better, more time). I do expect there to be to two nights in the month where i’ll have a couple beers, but i’m going to shoot for 90%+ adherence for the month.
Oh, and just to make it more challenging, i’m going to add “no chocolate or deserts” to the list, too.
I’m doing a mostly sober November. Got too many things going on in October
I maybe have one serving of alcohol per year, so yeah, I’m there.
I’ve finally decided to just quit alcohol completely, seems a good time to start with Sober October. Currently have gone 14 days without a drink!
Haven’t had a drink in about 15 years. So I guess I am in?
I think I last had a drink with some mates in the early UK summer (June or July maybe), also with a colleague in August and before that, with this wee c thing, it was a sober year +. So if a wet October for me happens I won’t be saying no but it’s just as likely to be a dry October
Feel free to ignore this question, but as a non-drinker myself, I question the point of giving up (or notably cutting back) on alcohol consumption for just a small part of the entire year?
As noted, there are real benefits to limits or complete avoidance, so why do that for a short period vs making a more long term change?
Not actively, but I’ve not had a drink in 3 weeks with basically no other lifestyle changes and am starting to see my abs, so I might stick with it for October.
I think it allows you to step back and examine some of our habits. I do the same with caffeine at times too. YMMV but alcohol is nice, makes you feel good though the side affects are complete opposite. I notice that drinking frequency increases for me over time, so its good for me to step back and reset those daily habits that get started. The reason I am doing “mostly” sober November is so that I can remove the habbit but still enjoy going hanging back and go out to a brewery or restaurant with my girlfriend on the weekend.
Yes I’m in, and need it. Been splurging too much!
I haven’t got drunk for some years. So sober October would be like any month in past few years.
I think it’s a valid question. Something I wrestle with myself. I’ve never fully considered a “month” off because, to your point, it’s a bit arbitrary. I do think it’s helpful for us all to step outside of ourselves to analyze our behaviors to see if they align with our goals and if this type of thing works, then I’m for it. I’ve spent some time recently on sleep goals and one of the things I recognized easily is that any amount of alcohol really affects your sleep metrics. That has pushed me to make changes where I rarely drink during the week and limit myself to maybe 1 or 2 drinks on the weekend unless I’m doing something special, which is what seems to wreck the idea of a “month off” for me in my head. Something “special” seems to happen every month. I think the idea of a “month off” is a potentially useful tool to get to a place where you can see some real short and long-term benefits so you can understand the value of making a permanent change.
I recently have gotten hooked on Athletic Brewing’s non-alcoholic beers, so I guess that counts?
I don’t really have any plans to go sober for October, though. I will, however, keep my consumption to a minimum leading up to the OZ Trails Offroad in 2 weeks.
what’s the old saying “you don’t live longer, it just seems like it” …seriously I have had times where I’ve drunk nothing, others quite a lot…provided it was not the night before a race it had zero impact on my performance
I want in, how do I join? I’ve also been getting into Athletic brewing’s stuff.
Alcohol just really messes with my sleep, and kind of gives me high anxiety in the middle of the night. Super weird.
Yep, I hope it will be for me. I make the decision to consciously stop drinking back around March time and have been enjoying non-alcoholic alternatives ever since.
Had a couple of beers in the period since but every time after, even having one, I remember why I stopped. I just feel so much better all round not having alcohol anymore.
That’s actually one of the main reasons i want to do another month without it. See how much better my sleep is (via Whoop) and see if i can stop waking up in the night (every night). My gut instinct is that alcohol is causing it, so this month will give me a chance to test it.
To “join”, just don’t drink for the month. At least that’s what i’m doing.