As someone who's dated more than I've been in actual relationships throughout my life, I know that drinking on a date can be a great icebreaker when you're first hanging out with someone. But the problem with our super alcohol-friendly culture is that even if we don't have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, it can become a crutch when we're dating. This is most especially the case when you first start dating someone new. However, it's in these clouded states of drunkeness or even tipsiness that not only are our of decisions impaired, but that we don't really get to know the person we're dating in a real way. Instead, we get to know the person with alcohol in their system and that hardly makes for a substantial relationship.
"There are virtually no challenges non-drinkers face when dating, unless you're someone who relies on alcohol for liquid courage," Thomas Edwards Jr., founder of The Professional Wingman, tells Bustle. "A true advantage for non-drinkers is their minds are always clear enough to make consistently great decisions."
So if you're ready to skip the alcohol and try out some sober dates, here are nine ideas for dates that will bring you closer.