I Don’t Drink: How It Affects My Love Life

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wine glass symbolizing why i don't drink

Um, I Don't Drink

I don't drink. But I sure used to drink, a lot. Recently I remembered a soiree I went to during the hard-partying days in Montreal. It was at a friend’s place (actually the dude I had lost my virginity to several years prior. He was so wasted that night in 2005 that afterward, he put his pants on backward! True story, you guys). Anyway, so we’re at this dude’s hipster party in Montreal and, quite predictably, I decided to take off all my clothes and have a bath. What can I say? It seemed normal at the time. I even invited a couple of hot hipster girls to bathe with me, but that’s basically the last thing I remember.

So, like I said, I don't drink. But I used to. When it was still kinda cute, that’s what it looked like. But over the years it got less and less cute and eventually, I got desperate enough to ask for help. Long story short, I don't drink anymore. As a result, dating is pretty different. (Read: the fact that you have a penis is no longer by itself a good enough reason to sleep with you). But I digress.

Last week I went on a date with a dude who was stoned out of his mind. I knew as soon as we started talking but wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. “Maybe he just has bad allergies,” I reasoned. But when, in the midst of a 20-minute monologue, he shared with me that he was planning to be the US President in a few years’ time, I pretty much knew we were done.

Sober Dating

After parting ways with our soon-to-be President, I decided to check out some sober dating sites. It turns out there are a few. Check out Sober Dating on DatePerfect here. Hopefully one of the sites has a function I can use to screen out dudes with unreasonable presidential aspirations?  

Dating sober can be awkward at first. But in my few years' experience, it ends up being way more fun. For me, it helped to spend some time solo while I was drying out. But once I was ready to start dating, I naturally gravitated toward the people who didn't drink. Are you dating sober? What's your experience been like? Have you checked out any sober dating sites? We always want to know what you think! Let us know in the comments section below.

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Kiara Noelle Kerr
The DatePerfect team is glad to feature the racy and sometimes inappropriate perspectives Kiara brings to the table. She loves getting to write highly opinionated op-eds about why online dating sucks, how DatePerfect is trying to make it suck less, and also enjoys penning articles with sensible answers to the most asked questions in online dating. With a whole lot of online dating experience under her belt and plenty of opinions to share, Kiara’s always got something to say. More than anything, she understands the plight of the modern dater and wants to help. Are you feeling baffled, frustrated, and overwhelmed by online dating? Let Kiara know and she’ll be more than happy to commiserate and add her two cents. Thanks for reading!