Dry dating — getting to know someone in a setting without alcohol — can make first meetings less stressful and more fun, experts say. And with a clear head, you also may be able to better gauge whether you and your date mesh well.
And if you want to try sober dating, you’re likely to find a potential partner open to the idea. A January 2021 YouGov poll found that among adults who drink alcohol, 23 percent planned to participate in Dry January, a month of voluntary sobriety, including 27 percent of millennials. A July 2022 Gallup poll found that 71 percent of U.S. adults said alcohol has a negative effect on most drinkers.