We Shouldn’t Call It “Sober” — We Should Call It Standard

Our natural state of being doesn’t need another name

Dave Tieff


Me: performing sans alcohol


/ˈsōbər/ adjective

  1. not affected by alcohol; not drunk.

Sober is standard

What is being sober but our static way of existing? We are all born sober, and (hopefully) that’s how we will spend most of our lives, so drinking and drunk are the outliers — not the other way around.

I know this is semantics and oversimplification, and that the word “sober” has its place. But being sober shouldn’t require a declaration.

It’s normal. It’s homeostasis. It’s the status quo.

Here’s what I mean…

There’s no word for not smoking cigarettes.

There’s no word for not using weed.

There’s no word for not using other drugs besides alcohol. Unless you count clean, but we only say that when someone used to abuse them.

You wouldn’t say “My grandma has never used drugs in her life — she’s totally clean.”

I would love to see society get to a point where we no longer feel the need to describe not drinking.

Drinking alcohol is still the norm, but the tide is turning. As a crotchety old Gen Xer, this is where I would like to give Gen Z some props.

Normal is trending upward

Gen Z has consistently shown that they are moving away from drinking alcohol and that it’s no longer cool to drink.

Or…maybe it’s cool to not drink? Either way, I love the direction.

Unlike most of my peers, I have a lot of faith in the youth of today, and seeing them do away with the bad habits of their parents is refreshing.

I grew up in the ’70s and ’80s when there was an ashtray on every coffee table. We even made our parents ashtrays in…



Dave Tieff

Alcohol Free (AF) singer-songwriter & cyber journalist. Here to discuss everything sex, drugs, rock, and culture🤘🍄🎙💋 www.davetieff.com