Whatever the reason may be for not wanting to drink, it doesn’t mean that you can’t go on fun dates. And, with the weather getting warmer in many cities these days, that only means one thing: more outdoor date opportunities. Personally, I *love* going on alcohol-free dates, as I feel you truly get to know the person you’re out with, and they get to do the same if they don’t drink either — no alcohol-induced blinders on. Although some dates may be taken aback when you tell them you want to do something that doesn’t involve drinking alcohol, others won’t mind at all, and the latter can reveal a lot about them.
“The huge benefit of going on dates that don’t involve alcohol is that both people get to spend time together without a social lubricant,” Thomas Edwards, founder of The Professional Wingman, tells Bustle. “They are their truest selves — though that’s not to say they’re purposely hiding their true selves. Rather, it’s just that there’s more of a conscious effort to show their true self as opposed to their drinking-induced self.”
I know — you may be wondering what some non-drinking dating options are, especially if many of your dates suggest going out “for drinks.” But, rest assured, there are plenty of fun dates that don’t involve alcohol — and then you don’t have to worry about having a post-date hangover either.