1st year sobriety and no dating
We drink because Tinder is a thing, and meeting a stranger for drinks (and preordained drunkenness) is a hell of a lot less intimidating then meeting for tea, crumpets, and forced, sober small talk.
Okay, so let us take a quick second to be honest with ourselves.
Did we really trade in slipshod adolescent inebriation for classy adult indulgence?
Or do we still drink to the point of black-out, wake up next to strangers on a regular basis, vomit more than is normal or expected, and vow daily that we will quit drinking forever?
We stop shotgunning warm beers in the basement and begin tasting fine craft pints at fancy local breweries.
We stop slapping the bag at sweat-drenched toga parties and start critiquing tannin at impressive french-inspired cafes.
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Whether you are just testing the waters of sobriety or have been swimming sober laps for years, the issue of dating without the assistance of liquid courage has probably cropped up at least once or twice. How does one meet a stranger for the first time without first downing half a dozen tequila shots? Early in recovery, our sense of self-esteem and self-worth is probably so horribly shot that we have no trouble sleeping around – but when it comes to sitting down and holding a fully-clothed conversation, we face a serious issue. Interested is interesting, but how do we know when we’ve asked too many questions? Is it appropriate to talk about our past traumatic experiences?Perhaps our methods of imbibing have become slightly more cultured, but the reason behind our drinking most likely remains the same.We drink because we like the effect – we drink because alcohol provides us with the social lubricant we need in order to successfully intermingle.To give you a better overall experience, we want to provide relevant ads that are more useful to you.For example, when you search for a film, we use your search information and location to show the most relevant cinemas near you.
Do we limit our consumption to weekend romps with our friends, or do we drink cheap vodka with a straw every night as we Netflix and chill with our cats?