There was a time in my life when thinking about being sober while dating would have terrified me.In fact, once upon a time, my online dating profile included the line, "If you don't drink, don't message me." Drinking was a necessary part of my dates and my life.
But when you're sober, spending three hours with a guy who keeps trying to hang his jacket on the hook under the bar while he's still wearing it is torture.
See, I decided to quit drinking after a 10-year battle with insomnia and sleeping pills.
Though never a huge drinker, I was a steady one — easily downing up to three glasses of red wine per night — and since I'd become hopelessly addicted to Ambien, I was afraid that alcohol might turn problematic, too.
At the time, I was freshly single, and it had been a while since I'd been called upon to make awkward conversation with a stranger, play the "Who's Going to Pay for Dinner?
Don't ask if she's sure, don't pressure her, and don't act surprised.2.