The Power of Words + Labels

The Power of Words Labels

Words matter. Words hold weight, meaning, context—and labels, especially within the scope of being a person who doesn’t consume alcohol, are especially relevant. In fact, perhaps labels (or the fear of labels) have influenced your path; sometimes we continue maladaptive behaviors for longer than is healthy for fear of taking on a certain label.


We believe that you hold the power and capacity to define yourself in whatever way empowers and supports your alcohol-free journey. The beauty of this life is that we get to decide who we are; what we align with, what feels good for us, and how we present ourselves to the world.


For many, the fear of having to take on a specific label like “alcoholic” or “addict” or to be a person struggling with “addiction,” can result in prolonged drinking. We might keep consuming alcohol long past the point where it’s serving us, might continue drinking even if we feel like something needs to change.


If those labels align well with your alcohol-free journey and provide stability, empowerment, and motivation, then that is wonderful.


If, however, those labels don’t feel like they fit, don’t align with your path, then you don’t have to take them on.

In fact, the alcohol-free community is rapidly expanding, and the number of identifiers, labels, and frameworks is also exploding. This means there are so many ways to consider your alcohol journey, so many titles you can take on, or not. Words like:


  • Alcohol-free

  • Teetotaler

  • Sober

  • AF (short for alcohol-free)

  • Non-Drinker

  • Sober-curious


And so many more.


The important part of this is mindset. If you’ve taken on a label, or fear a label, that doesn’t align with your path or just feel good, that has an immense impact on the way you experience your life alcohol-free. If a label feels like a punishment, if it comes from a place of lack and not from a place of empowerment, then the way we perceive choosing to quit drinking takes on a whole different lens.


Like we said, words have power.