Alcoholic dating non alcoholic
’ I will warn all dates that I won’t be drinking in advance, and offer them a get out clause if they’d rather eat their own eyeball than spend two hours on a Wednesday night with me, sober. Instead of dark, boozy pubs (my normal suggestion for a first date), I will arrange to go to ‘nice’ bars where you can only afford one alcoholic drink anyway, or restaurants with ‘talking point’ food (maybe Korean?), or exhibitions which I will read up on in advance so I have something interesting to say that isn’t about me.Men and women learn a lot in recovery, not just about staying sober but living a happy, satisfying life.They don’t need to be taken care of; they learned how to do that for themselves.Yep, like a quarter of my fellow Britons (according to one report) I’ve given up booze for January.My January is dry, I’m doing a Dryathalon, I am spending 31 days, entirely sober and capable of operating heavy machinery.I’ll probably make myself a juice before I go to work too. If you have amazing chemistry, fancy the pants off each other, feel like you’ve known each other your entire life, and ‘can’t believe we’ve only just found each other’ then you’ll be so high on lust and infatuation, that one lime cordial will be enough to tip you into a euphoric Zen-like state. Unless you are impressively unfussy, dating is a numbers game, which means, by definition, that you will probably go on more sub-par, just about medium and downright terrible dates than really good ones. And if I do that (and if dating really is a numbers game), then I’m going to have to get on board with sober dating.Just to clarify, I don’t mean meeting a bloke off Tinder for a lunchtime coffee – that’s a cop-out and doesn’t even register as a date.
Nothing’s going to make me reach for a bottle like a gaping conversational void, which I’m forced to fill with my favourite story: ‘The Life and Times of my Haircut’, followed by an supplementary monologue entitled: ‘Should I get a fringe?Some are deeply spiritual people whose lives are infused with meaning and purpose, while others volunteer in their communities or have interesting hobbies that keep them grounded.Because recovery is a lifelong process, recovering addicts are in a perpetual state of self-improvement.I will not use sugar-filled soft drinks as an alcohol substitute.The only thing worse than being on a date with me pissed, is being on a date with me when I’m full of E ingredients.
I mean going on a proper night out with someone I’ve never met before, and not drinking at all, even though I’m knackered from work and don’t really want to talk to anyone. A(nother) decade of booze-soaked bad dates, misery hangovers, a burgeoning booze paunch and a wince-inducing overdraft?