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Charlotte Talks: Are You Sober Curious? Investigating Our Relationship With Alcohol


Friday, Jan. 3rd, 2020

We hear about a new movement – Sober Curious – that encourages people to think about why they drink before they do.

This show originally aired August 13th, 2019.

Do we have a drinking problem? You can’t turn on the TV without seeing beer or liquor commercials. Breweries and bars are popping up all over Charlotte beckoning beer guzzlers. Booze is all around us – most social engagements revolve around drinking some sort of alcohol.

But there is a movement afoot that has people taking a second look at why they’re picking up that glass of wine. It’s called 'Sober Curious' and it’s a trend that’s building across the country. More people are choosing to abstain from alcohol – either all together, or for a short time – and reporting better sleep, improved concentration, and overall better health.

The sober curious say it’s not an addiction recovery program, this is a lifestyle choice that encourages more mindfulness around consuming alcohol. We learn more from the woman who coined the term, and talk about America’s relationship with alcohol.


Ruby Warrington, author of Sober Curious: The Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, Limitless Presence, and Deep Connection Awaiting Us All on the Other Side of Alcohol (IG: rubywarrington)

Rachael Armstrong, she started a Sober Curious meet-up group in Charlotte (Meetup.com: Sober Curious Charlotte)

Meghann Batchelor, a Charlotte mom who has made a lifestyle choice to abstain from alcohol. (She is a WFAE employee.)

Kelly Little, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist at The Dilworth Center, which provides treatment services for individuals and families affected by alcoholism and drug addiction.

Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.