Here at Zero.Zilch.Zip, we’re big believers in all the fantastic benefits that living an alcohol-free life can bring – from feeling healthier to having more money in your pocket. However, some people find dating while sober a daunting prospect.
With alcohol so often proving to be a social lubricant for the early stages of dating, you might be wondering how you’ll fare without it. Here we’ll share top tips for finding romance while alcohol-free.
“I don’t drink”
Rather than dropping the bombshell when you’re face-to-face, we’d recommend letting your date know ahead of time. Not only will this help to calm your nerves, but it’ll also mean they know what to expect ahead of time (and hopefully they’ll refrain from judging your choice).
If you’re using dating apps like Match, Bumble, OKCupid and Hinge, there are even profile features where you can indicate what you do (and what you don’t!) Interestingly, 9% of Hinge users marked “no” next to drinking in 2020, up from 8% in 2019. (Along those lines, the percentage of users marking “sometimes” is rising as “yes” declines.)
Ditching the bar
Although ‘grabbing a drink’ is many peoples’ idea of the perfect first date, being alcohol-free opens your eyes to a whole host of activities you can partake in that are much more fun.
If you’re feeling competitive, why not take in a round of mini-golf or a game of bowling? Or, if you’re looking for a real challenge (and if you’re confident you’ll get on!) lock yourselves in an escape room.
Of course, it doesn’t mean you have to avoid the bar forever – especially when there’s some fantastic alcohol-free options available. You could even set up your own mocktails night with some of the best ingredients sourced from Zero.Zilch.Zip.
Interestingly, limiting your booze intake can also help to separate the good eggs from the bad. After all, the right people, the people who you want in your life, will support your decision to abstain – whereas those who encourage you to drink (or find it weird that you don’t!) do you a favour of showing who they really are, early days.
And hey, if you do decide to get a little frisky between the sheets – it’s way better if you ditch the beer goggles.
Putting yourself “out there”
Although it may be daunting to date without a drink it can easily be done.
With or without, you’ll likely have a bunch of bad dates but sans booze you’re likely to do something more fun than sitting across a table from each other, you’re likely to avoid jumping into relationships with bad apples and you’ll more likely create lifelong memories!