You decided to stop drinking now you want to get out and meet people. Most of your old friends are all drinkers. How can you meet new people without being sucked into drinking alcohol or being tempted in any way? How do you know they will be cool and not moralistic or religious preachers trying to get you into their worldview?
Meet up on Meetup
One answer I have found is a website called Meetup.com which has thousands of groups based around all kinds of hobbies and interests from movies to clubbing, theatre visits to art drawing. The choices are endless. For us, the most interesting categories are the 46 groups spread around the world for non-drinkers. They have a combined 5,659 members in 36 cities in four countries. In addition, there are another 2,080 people interested in going to such groups.
These are not AA meetings or anything like that with formal discussions about not drinking but more like social events and in some cases even partying – but without the drinking. You can find lists of groups in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia.
There are 431 people in New York City in the “Smart Party in NYC without Alcohol” group– partying without the drinking. In Chicago, if you are single there is “Alcohol-free Events for Singles 25-45” and for me in London, there is the “The London Teetotalers (at least for 1 night)” group with 406 Teetotalers. The newest group comes from San Francisco, California for people in their mid-30s to mid-50s: “San Francisco Fun Non-drinkers.”
Membership to most of these groups is free so go ahead if you live in the area, join in and search the rest of the site to see if there is a group near you. If not, you can start one! There are people all over the world interested in joining so you can make it happen. At the very least, you will be able to be alcohol free and hopefully have a fun time as well as meet new people.