The holiday season often revolves around socializing: work parties, friend gatherings, family events, and romance, whether you're dating around or just looking for some special time with your partner. But all of this socializing — and all of this dating — can sometimes feel intimidating if you're sober during the holidays.
Whether you're just trying to cut back, you suffer from alcoholism, or you're just not a drinker, there can be a lot of pressure to drink during the holidays. If you combine that with a tendency to drink when we're out on dates, things can definitely get tricky.
“People get used to meeting one another romantically while under the influence," Grant Hilary Brenner, M.D. tells Bustle. "This often dates back to adolescence. Sober dating may mean the person feels insecure about dating... It's a great learning opportunity, however, if approached properly.” And even during the holiday season there's a lot to be said for getting to know someone without the influence of alcohol.
One thing that can really help is choosing date activities where drinking isn't inevitable — or when it's better to be sober. Here are some holiday date ideas that don't involve alcohol.