Sarah Wood is a writer who covers topics like mental health, relationships and sobriety, which she most recently tackled for her essay “I’m Tired of Explaining Why I Don’t Drink” for The Cut.
It starts with the moment she decided to give up drinking before diving into the stigma of being sober, even as the non-alcoholic drink market booms and bars find ways to incorporate more mocktails on their menus.
“Of all the things I anticipated might happen when I stopped drinking, I never expected to need talking points,” writes Wood, who says she’d be asked questions of why she quit drinking in the first place and if she was an alcoholic.
In her essay, she proposes a new way of talking about abstaining from alcohol and alcoholism in general, in part to alleviate the stigma around both drinking and not imbibing.
Listen: Sarah Wood talks the stigma of sobriety, the changing language around alcohol as WDET listeners recount their own experiences.