But does being sober or having a sober lifestyle require continued abstinence from alcohol? Yes, at least according to the standard medical definition of sobriety, a common view shared by popular recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous. For most people, the word “sober” means anyone who isn't intoxicated. In recovery, however, sobriety has a much fuller definition. Sobriety isn't just about abstaining from using drugs and alcohol.
It's about moving toward complete physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.