Sober curious? Here’s what happens when you abstain from alcohol

Pouring a drink
Eat Street Social bartender Nicholas Kosevich makes a Bronx Egg Cream, a non-alcoholic drink.
Jennifer Simonson | MPR Photo 2012

Drinking alcohol is a big part of how we socialize.

But increasingly, people are choosing to abstain for a month or more for personal reasons.

What happens when we cut out booze?


Dr. David Frenz is an addiction medicine specialist and medical director of the Allina Health addiction medicine program. He stopped drinking alcohol more than 10 years ago.

Peder Schweigert is the general manager of Marvel Bar in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. He’s been a bartender for 15 years and about four years ago decided to stop drinking alcohol.

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