Illustrations: Sammy Stein

What’s Behind the Elective-Sobriety Trend

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

Virginia Sole-Smith
Elemental
Published in
12 min readApr 10, 2019

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OnOn 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…

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