WHO Lexicon of alcohol and drug terms Sobriety

Definition: Sobriety refers to the continued abstinence from alcohol and psychoactive drug use (see recovery).

(2) As often used in Alcoholics Anonymous and other mutual-help groups, refers also to the individual’ s achievement and maintenance of control over and equilibrium in his or her life in general. Synonyms for sober, particularly referring also to illicit drugs, include “clean” and “straight”.

(3) Now less frequently, moderation or habitual moderation in drinking patterns, as in the earlier meaning of temperance.


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