Sobriety is the state of being sober, which can mean either not intoxicated or being solemn. If he takes a drink, an alcoholic ends a stretch of sobriety. You might note sobriety in the stands when your team is losing.

When thinking about sobriety, think about the Puritans, and the way they kept the Sabbath. For them, even laughing on a Sunday was seen as an excessive display. Known for sobriety, they preferred a day marked by prayer and contemplation. It goes without saying that they frowned upon the consumption of any form of alcohol––favoring sobriety of both kinds.

Definitions of sobriety
  1. noun
    the state of being sober and not intoxicated by alcohol
    synonyms: soberness
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    drunkenness, inebriation, inebriety, insobriety, intoxication, tipsiness
    a temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol
    type of:
    temporary state
    a state that continues for a limited time
  2. noun
    a manner that is serious and solemn
    synonyms: graveness, gravity, soberness, somberness, sombreness
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    stodginess, stuffiness
    dull and pompous gravity
    type of:
    earnestness, serious-mindedness, seriousness, sincerity
    the trait of being serious
  3. noun
    moderation in or abstinence from alcohol or other drugs
    synonyms: dryness
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    type of:
    moderation, temperance
    the trait of avoiding excesses
  4. noun
    abstaining from excess
    synonyms: temperance
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    type of:
    act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
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