Dating when sober

But he also confesses that he's not okay with dating a big drinker.

Ron says there are a few rules to follow if you're considering getting into a sober/non-sober relationship, especially if the guy is relatively new to being a non-drinker—because it really makes a difference.

I’ve been in and out of 12-step recovery programs (like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous) for almost 20 years.

I’ve had many periods of sobriety, from a paltry four months to a lengthy seven years (and everything in between).

Stay healthy with advice and tips on dating without alcohol.

You don't want to know the ludicrous number of possible love connections I've squashed by getting sloshed on a first or second date.

“Listen, before we do this, I need to tell you something...”I agree.

That’s one of the main upsides to dating somebody who’s also sober.

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So it's probably—no, definitely—smart that in 2006 I decided to give up drinking.

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*It is suggested by AA and most 12 Step Groups of Recovery to wait one year before entering into a romantic relationship.

According to Ron, the longer you're sober, the less weird you feel about not drinking when everyone else is.

First, "remember that we are always sober," he says.