Curious About Taking a Break from Alcohol?
by Amy Fox – Cincinatti, OH

Curiosity is a powerful tool when it comes to making positive changes in our lives. It fuels our desire to learn, grow, and explore new possibilities. So if you’re curious about taking a break from alcohol, you’re already in a great place to start. Being curious about our habits and behaviors opens the door to understanding our relationship with alcohol and its impact on our well-being.

When you embrace being sober curious, you shift your focus away from deprivation or restriction. Instead, you approach the experience with a sense of openness and a desire to understand how your body and mind can benefit from a break from alcohol. It becomes a journey of self-discovery and personal growth that empowers you to make informed decisions about your health and so much more.

So why should you consider taking a break from alcohol?
There are many benefits. Here are a few to consider:

  • Improved Sleep
    Alcohol can disrupt your sleep patterns, making you feel groggy and less energized. It may first knock you out, but as the night progresses and alcohol levels drop, your brain becomes more active, leading you to toss and turn. Taking a break from alcohol can help regulate your sleep cycles, allowing for a more restful and undisturbed night’s sleep.
  • Enhanced Emotional Wellness
    People notice a reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression when they cut back on or eliminate alcohol. Alcohol can act as a depressant and amplify our mood swings, so taking a break can positively impact our emotional well-being.
  • Weight Loss Potential
    Alcohol is calorie-dense and often leads to mindless snacking or unhealthy food choices. By cutting back, we can reduce our calorie intake and create a better environment for reaching our weight loss goals.
  • Clearer Complexion
    Alcohol can dehydrate the skin and contribute to inflammation, causing skin issues such as acne and rosacea. Taking a break allows our skin to heal and rejuvenate, creating a clearer and more radiant complexion.
  • Boosted Immunity
    Alcohol weakens our immune system, making us more susceptible to infections and illnesses. When we take a break from alcohol, we give our bodies a chance to strengthen their defenses and support optimal immune function.

If you’re considering a break from alcohol, here are some tips to guide you:

  • Cultivate Curiosity
    Approach going alcohol-free with a curious mindset. If you are craving a drink, lean into the urge. Wait a few minutes and explore the “why” behind the feeling. Play the tape forward and think about how you will feel after drinking.
  • Have a Plan
    Don’t wing it.Prepare yourself for different scenarios and social situations. Share your intentions with friends and family and consider exploring alcohol-free alternatives. Almost every beer has a 0% alcohol option now, and most bars have mocktail options. Take a walk or experiment with different rituals and routines to replace drinking.
  • Check Out AF Communities 
    Connect with like-minded individuals on social media who are also exploring the alcohol-free lifestyle for support, inspiration, and resources. You can also engage in forums, attend (virtual) meetups, and follow AF influencers to engage in conversations, ask questions, and share your experiences with others on a similar path.

If you decide to take a break from alcohol, remember it’s all about your vibe — the positive energy and mindset you embrace. Being sober curious shouldn’t be about judgment or a situation you have to “tough out.” Instead, view this break as an exciting experiment, a chance to explore how you feel without alcohol and discover the potential upsides it can bring to your life.


Amy FoxCertified Nutritionist Amy Fox is on a mission to educate everyone about how our food choices affect our health and happiness. Amy holds a Master of Science in Food and Nutrition Sciences and is a Certified Functional Food Professional and founder of Food and Mood Lab. Learn more at


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