Despite being determined to meet someone, a lot of daters on the scene appear to have a lot of dealbreakers. No smokers. No-one with kids. And so on. In addition to vegans, another group of people singles seem keen to avoid are teetotallers. Those who don’t drink alcohol.
Admittedly, back in my university days I was in the same camp of thought. Drinking was fun, and in my opinion if you didn’t drink alcohol or party then you weren’t worth bothering with. Thankfully, I have moved on since then, and realised there’s more to life than alcohol, and a drinks-free life comes with it’s advantages. So if you’re one of those people who requires alcohol consumption in their future spouse, here are 5 reasons why dating a teetotaller could actually be an advantage.
Alcoholic drinks are an absolute rip-off, particularly in London. I recently went to a pub in Soho after work; my friend ordered a moderate-sized glass of wine and it cost her £8.52. £8.52? You could almost afford a meal with that. There still seems to be an unspoken rule that the man pays on the first date, so I do feel for guys these days for having to pick up the tab for a simple first date of a couple of drinks after work- which actually amounts to rather a lot. When you date a teetotaller, you can stick to soft drinks or just go for coffee instead. Even the ladies win in the long run- imagine how much money alcohol can sap out of a joint account.
Drinking to excess can cause a range of health conditions, including heart disease, liver disease, strokes, and cancer. We’re told to stick to under 14 units a week, however a recent study has shown that there is actually no safe level of alcohol consumption, and even drinking just one alcoholic drink a day can increase your risk of alcohol-related diseases. So it appears that when it comes to health, drinks-free is the way forward, and surely you want your partner to stick around?
3. Designated Driver
Forget arguments over who’s turn it is to drive, or whether two beers is too many to get behind the wheel. When you date a teetotaller, you’ve always got someone to make sure you can get home safely.
4. No Annoying Drunk Behaviour
Alcohol in moderation can be a great thing. A couple of drinks can bring shy people out of their shell, and allow us to lose our inhibitions on the dance floor. But let’s face it, sometimes drunk people can be annoying as hell. I’m sure we’ve all encountered the aggressive drunk, the emotional drunk, the drunk who makes rude remarks, or the drunk that needs to be the centre of attention. And that’s before we get onto the annoyance of having people cancel plans due to raging hangovers. Dating a teetotaller means you can nicely sidestep these issues. Well, in you love life at least.
Perhaps they don’t drink for health reasons. Perhaps they’ve run into issues with alcohol in the past and have decided drinks-free is the way forward. Perhaps they just don’t like the taste and would rather just get a soft drink than fork out on an £8.52 glass of wine just to fit in. Whatever the reasoning behind it, deciding to ditch alcohol takes a certain degree of accountability, self-awareness, and responsibility- which are definitely the qualities you need in a long-term partner.
Have you ever dated a teetotaller? Would you? Let me know in the comments!