When people know I’m sober, sometimes they ask if I’ll EVER drink. When I tell them no, they’re astounded! I like to ask them… “You know how to ride a bike, right? So will you ever use training wheels again?”

I’ve been sober my whole life. So all the things that alcohol is supposed to be good for (loosening up, gaining confidence, acting crazy, etc.), I’ve learned to do without it. I don’t need those things to have fun so why would I starting using them now?

For those who argue that it’s just to be social, I challenge them to think about this. If you’re drinking to be social, and that’s the ONLY reason, then you’re perpetuating something that you don’t even like. You’re accepting no responsibility for your own life or the influence that you have on the world.


I love this article written by a girl who attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison and stayed sober. She talks openly about the experience and how people react. I am truly impressed because she never hides the fact that she’s different, thus giving others permission to follow her lead.

What if your little brother or sister started drinking or using drugs because they saw you do it? What if nothing bad ever happened to you, but it happened to them? What if nothing bad happened to them, but it happened to their best friend? Either way, I don’t think it’s worth it just to be “social.” I’ll party sober or go to a Party.0 instead.


Ralph Waldo Emerson said that “The biggest challenge of life is to be yourself when the world is trying to make you like everyone else.”

Throwing sober house parties with Party.0 allowed me to bring together sober people from all over. But it never would have happened if I didn’t start being open about my decision.

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