Sydney Golden visited different medical specialists for two decades, searching for answers to her unknown health issues, which included allergies, headaches, bloating, joint pain, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. She was told, again and again, that there was nothing wrong with her.
Golden stated, “Though I looked perfectly healthy, I felt like crap on the inside.”
She was never a very heavy drinker, but she decided to give up alcohol completely four years ago. The results were surprising: not only did she feel better physically, but she also found that giving up alcohol was much easier than she had anticipated. Golden points out that her body always reacted the next day negatively, regardless of how few drinks she had consumed the night before. Now that she’s abstained from alcohol, she no longer has to stress about hangovers or any other Drinking-related problems.
She further explained that giving up alcohol was overall better for her health. She also explained, “I feel much more clearheaded and energetic when I don’t drink alcohol. Plus, my mood improves immediately, and I have more motivation.”
Caitlin Opland, a certified clinical social worker employed by Thriveworks, said she has been witnessing an increasing number of patients who aim to cease drinking alcohol. These individuals don’t have an issue with alcohol specifically but want to try another lifestyle.
She continued that many people come to me and say that they think they might have a problem with drinking, but they are not sure. I ask them what has happened that makes them think this. Some people who want to stop drinking hesitate because they do not view themselves as alcoholic but wants to quit this habit.
After Ruby Warrington’s 2018 book “Sober Curious” came out, the number of people interested in trying an alcohol-free lifestyle increased. According to a CivicScience survey from last month, the percentage of curious people grew from 12% in 2020 to 19% this year.