So it's probably—no, definitely—smart that in 2006 I decided to give up drinking.
We meet for happy hour at 5 p.m., dine with wine at 7 p.m., meet lovers at a bar later on, and make every excuse to have another round.
And we don't always do it gracefully—about 18 million Americans have alcohol problems, but only 1.5 million have been treated for them.
I didn't have to drink every day, though most days I did. Sometimes it turned me into a yelling, crying beast.
And there was no way to tell, when I was tossing back a vodka soda, which me would emerge that night.
Yes, it's depressing; almost makes you want to hit the bottle. So here are some tips to help you navigate the wild world of dating without drinking. Problem is, you have no clue where to meet potential love connections now that pub-crawling isn't an option.
If nothing else, you'll remember the sex afterward—and, hopefully, actually like the people you wake up with the next morning.1. Where to find cuties who are cool with your new lifestyle?
According to Ron, the longer you're sober, the less weird you feel about not drinking when everyone else is.
First, "remember that we are always sober," he says.
Dating a dude that's sober (like, full-blown, 12-step kind) can be a challenge.