Hello everyone! If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, then you may have seen a preview of what this post entails, as today is the launch of the #SoberNotBoring campaign! Over the next few months, I’ll be posting about the campaign and how you can get involved. But first off, what is #SoberNotBoring all about?
From a few of my blog posts, you’ll know that I don’t drink alcohol. I have many reasons for making this decision, some of which I have already shared and some I will share as part of the campaign.
Now, I’m not here to force people to stop drinking. Up until recently, I would have a drink here and there, but I have since become completely sober. Yes, I want people to realise the effects/dangers of alcohol and make sure everyone drinks sensibly. Hopefully, this is common knowledge anyway!
For those of you who are sober though, well done. People aren’t congratulated for being sober in the same way you’d praise someone for quitting smoking, yet alcohol is equally bad, if not worse.
The attitude to alcohol, and to people who don’t drink, works differently, and it’s this that I want to change with #SoberNotBoring.
There’s a misconception that because you are sober, you are boring. That because you don’t want to go out clubbing to the early hours of the morning and wake up with hangover, you aren’t fun. 100% not the case. I don’t know where that mindset came from (I know not everyone thinks this way, so thank you).
The confusion is probably not helped due to sober having multiple definitions.
Here are Oxford Dictionaries meanings of sober:
1 Not affected by alcohol; not drunk.
2 Serious, sensible, and solemn.
Yes, sober does mean solemn, but it’s separate from the no alcohol meaning! When sober is relating to alcohol, it simply means not drinking, it does not mean solemn, or boring. I mean, I’m still trying to persuade my parents to go to a giant bouncy castle event in Birmingham! If that’s not fun, then what is?
I thought now would be a good time to bring #SoberNotBoring to life. With charity events such as #SoberSeptember and #GoSoberforOctober, we have a chance to raise awareness of the effects of alcohol and the positives of sober life.
What with Freshers’ weeks and the run up to Christmas, where alcohol is even more popular, speaking out about drinking and its effects needs to be louder than ever.
What you can expect?
Over the next few months, I will publish blog posts with #SoberNotBoring. There’s plenty of content to look forward to such as hearing from some of my fellow bloggers, guest posts, alcohol-free life and more.
How can you get involved?
It’s really easy to get involved as all you need to do is use #SoberNotBoring in any social media posts! Do you have a memorable moment when you were sober? Know a good mocktail recipe? Fancy telling your story and writing a blog post? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
It’s time to make #SoberNotBoring!
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