Definitions for Sobrietysəˈbraɪ ɪ ti, soʊ-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
so•bri•e•tysəˈbraɪ ɪ ti, soʊ-(n.)
the state or quality of being sober.
temperance or moderation, esp. in the use of alcoholic beverages.
seriousness or solemnity.
Origin of sobriety:
1375–1425; late ME sobrietie (< OF sobriete) < L sōbrietās <sōbri(us)sober
the state of being sober and not intoxicated by alcohol
moderation in or abstinence from alcohol or other drugs
graveness, gravity, sobriety, soberness, somberness, sombreness(noun)
a manner that is serious and solemn
abstaining from excess
The quality or state of being sober.
The quality or state of not being intoxicated.
habitual soberness or temperance as to the use of spirituous liquors; as, a man of sobriety
habitual freedom from enthusiasm, inordinate passion, or overheated imagination; calmness; coolness; gravity; seriousness; as, the sobriety of riper years
Sobriety is the condition of not having any measurable levels, or effects from mood-altering drugs. According to WHO "Lexicon of alcohol and drug terms...", sobriety is continued abstinence from psychoactive drug use. Sobriety is also considered to be the natural state of a human being given at a birth. In a treatment setting, sobriety is the achieved goal of independence from consuming or craving mind-altering substances. As such, sustained abstinence is a prerequisite for sobriety. Early in abstinence, residual effects of mind-altering substances can preclude sobriety. These effects are labeled "PAWS", or "post acute withdrawal syndrome". Someone who abstains, but has a latent desire to resume use, is not considered truly sober. An abstainer may be subconsciously motivated to resume drug use, but for a variety of reasons, abstains. Sobriety has more specific meanings within specific contexts, such as the culture of Alcoholics Anonymous, other 12 step programs, law enforcement, and some schools of psychology. In some cases, sobriety implies achieving "life balance."
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