Illustrations: Sammy Stein

What’s Behind the Elective-Sobriety Trend

Why people are giving up drinking, even when they don’t have a problem

a warmer-than-average Thursday evening in February, 40 women gathered in Philadelphia’s industrial-chic Front Street Cafe for happy hour — but instead of ordering rosé or craft beer, they sipped artisanal mocktails and locally brewed kombucha. Billed as an event for “sober…