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

n the state of being sober and not intoxicated by alcohol

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

n a manner that is serious and solemn

graveness, gravity, soberness, somberness, sombreness
stodginess, stuffiness
dull and pompous gravity
Type of:
earnestness, serious-mindedness, seriousness, sincerity
the trait of being serious

n moderation in or abstinence from alcohol or other drugs

Type of:
moderation, temperance
the trait of avoiding excesses

n abstaining from excess

Type of:
act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite

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