In April, we ran a feature package called Sober Celebration. It was a good reminder to us and our readers that a lot of people do not drink. For all sorts of reasons, too — maybe they're in recovery, have health-related reasons, don't like how it makes them feel, or they're the designated driver for the night.
If there's ever a time to revisit those stories, it's now — during the holidays and right before New Year's Eve.
When someone tells you that they don't drink, you should never follow it up wanting to know if they miss the taste of wine. You should also never say any of these other way-too-common things.
It's totally acceptable to have a dry wedding. Read one bride's account of why her and her groom decided to forgo the bar and how people reacted.
We get not wanting to show up to a party empty-handed. If you (or your hosts) don't drink, there are plenty of things to bring beyond a bottle of wine or booze.
There's tons of stuff you can do! Go get coffee. Take a walk. Pamper yourselves with manicures. The list goes on!
If you're in recovery, you don't need to send your regrets for every invitation you get. (Of course, going back to old social habits and environments is not for every person.) Even if you're not an addict and you're just not drinking for any number of reasons, you can still go to a party — and enjoy yourself.
Got a friend who says she's not drinking this week? Do not make her feel bad about it. And do not order her a glass of wine just because you want one!
Juice, soda, and seltzer are just fine, but let's be honest with ourselves — we can do so much better when it comes to serving up non-boozy drinks. And what might surprise you is that it really takes very little effort. Each one of these mocktails is easy to stir together, full of flavor, and just as refreshing as it is pretty.