Alig became hooked on heroin, ketamine, cocaine, and Rohypnol—a stupefying blend of substances for the once sober partier.
One friend remembers him taking her to an AA meeting when she herself first got sober not long afterward.
sober or drunk: It looks like the day after the election, the headlines will be Republican rout, Democrat ruination.
If you need to sober up very quickly, is it wise to do more cocaine, or less?
We meet her sober coach, and wonder if he can keep her straight.
He felt as if he wished to record a deliberate and sober conclusion.
“All this is madness,” cries a sober sage: But who, my friend, has reason in his rage?
Then all was sober work for another half-hour, and after that came a pause.
There all alone, and compliments apart, I ask these sober questions of my heart.
Doctor Beatty was talking to her earnestly, in low tones, and she was serious and sober, listening intently.
mid-14c., "moderate in desires or actions, temperate, restrained," especially "abstaining from strong drink," also "calm, quiet, not overcome by emotion," from Old French sobre "decent; sober" (12c.), from Latin sobrius "not drunk, temperate, moderate, sensible," from a variant of se- "without" (see se-) + ebrius "drunk," of unknown origin. Meaning "not drunk at the moment" is from late 14c.; also "appropriately solemn, serious, not giddy." Related: Soberly; soberness. Sobersides "sedate, serious-minded person" is recorded from 1705.
late 14c., "reduce to a quiet condition" (transitive), from sober (adj.). Meaning "render grave or serious" is from 1726. Intransitive sense of "become sober" (since late 19c. often with up) is from 1820. Related: Sobered; sobering.