I am sure that for most of us when we say we are going out, it probably means that we are going for a drink. So, I wonder if it is even possible for someone to have fun without drinking alcohol?
There was a time when a day out did not mandatory mean ending up in a pub with a pint of beer. Drinking isn’t an occasional treat anymore and that just sucks. Have you realised that it has seeped into all our plans and definitely has become a lifestyle. Everything seems incomplete without religiously adhering to the boozing tradition. You did say Yes to all of them, didn’t you?
Almost every day, a pub or a restaurant shuts down and a new one is up. There are just way too many pubs and breweries no matter where you look at; left, right and centre to cater to the ever-rising demand for more drinking experiences. Every day of the week has something to offer. Ladies night, karaoke night, gig night, and what not.
As soon as I say I don’t need booze to have fun, they ask me if I can even have fun. Of course, I can.
What about those people who are trying to go without booze for a while, but still want to enjoy the camaraderie that comes from socialising after hours with friends and work colleagues, it can be a delicate balancing act trying to combine the two. But trust me, it can be done.
When you’re sober it can be really tough to be on the same wavelength as someone who’s had more than a few drinks. But that doesn’t mean you can’t join in! Let your inhibitions go and dance with your friends like no one’s watching, take part in the impromptu group karaoke session, and laugh at everyone’s dumb jokes. Just remember everyone around you has had a few, so the only person that’s really going to be caring about what you look like is you. Let it go.
There are usually two kinds of people: People who find it easy to have a great time sober while surrounded by people who are slowly but surely feeling the effects of their drinks and the second one who find it terrifying. No matter which category you fall into, if you don’t want to miss out on the important bonding session but don’t want to drink either, there are ways to have the best of both worlds.
I’d love to hear about people’s experiences about fun. What do you find fun? Is it something a lot of people find fun, like golf, or something more unusual? Did you always know that this activity was fun for you, or did it take a while to figure it out? Am I the only one who has trouble staying in touch with the question: what is fun? Once you’ve identified your source of fun, how do you make time for it in your life?
Don’t confine yourself to a life of social abandonment just because you don’t drink. Instead embrace it, make it work for you and you’ll find you can have just as much fun not drinking alcohol than if you were getting smash and often even more.