Kelly tells dates that she's "allergic to alcohol" (an idea that's common among recovering alcoholics, because drinking makes them sick). For me, the hardest part of dating sans drinking is the lack of lubrication to calm my nerves.Remember, it's just a date—you have the right to reveal personal details about yourself as slowly as you want. It sounds corny, but taking some long, deep breaths before a date both centers you and settles the ever-spinning "what if? Inhale the essence of serenity, confidence and sex appeal; exhale the anxiety.6. It's harder to feel uninhibited when you're not tipsy, so get used to the idea of subtle, grade-school style flirting techniques, like frequently patting your prey on the knee or arm, maintaining steady eye contact, and smiling and laughing at his or her better jokes.I'd had enough embarrassing nights out; I'd woken up beside more than my fair share of unattractive strangers, and was, in turn, more than ready to bid farewell to the drunken rants, crying jags and battles with lovers, friends, cab drivers, cashiers and waiters.I also thrilled at the notion of never having another hangover.And there was no way to tell, when I was tossing back a vodka soda, which me would emerge that night.But when I said goodbye to alcohol and its commensurate drama, I didn't intend to bid farewell to dating.If you find that sipping on something other than water helps distract from first date awkwardness, nurse a Shirley Temple, Diet Coke or ginger ale.You'll feel like less of an oddball, and your probably date won't notice s/he's the only one getting buzzed.
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.If a date has difficulty grasping the fact that you don't drink, drop him and move on.There are too many options out there to waste time with someone who won't support your attempts to live your happiest life. Coffee, coffee, coffee You've been flirting online with Mr. You freeze, cough, check your work email, Google your high school sweetheart again and put away the computer.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.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.