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What's All This? No Drink?!

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  • they changed the name of Sober Saturdays to ''The Red Monkey Tea PArty'' its great night!!

    heres the link, www.facebook.com/theredmonkeyteaparty




  • This section is beautiful :)


    Thank you.




  • I'm almost 17 and I've never ever had a single drop of alcohol and never will!




  • I'm almost 17 and I've never ever had a single drop of alcohol and never will!

    Fair play mate. In my experience, college is freakin hard though! As OP said, if there is anywhere you're gonna be considered a drysh*te for non-drinky ways, it's there!

    Good luck. :)




  • Hi all, Im knocking the drink on the head for the foreseeable future. Whenever I drink I seem to go on a complete bender, becoming a danger to myself, and others around me.


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  • Varkov get yourself a plan, a something to do list that will help you keep occupied, it maybe old hobbies,exercise or just whatever you are happy with doing,goodluck its not easy but it can be done.




  • I've only just discovered this section. Great idea.
    I'm 26, have never had a drink, and never will. It just doesn't appeal to me at all, however I find that it creates a distance between my friends and I.




  • Same as me.




  • It must be about 2years now since I put this forum up about not drinking. Since then I went back on the drink as like so many others I found on the weekends there was nothing else to do. Clubs/pubs the same old all the time but it was the only way for me to get out and socialise which is sad really.

    Now nearly all of my friends are married and have kids so my social life is gone really. Im not bothered about drinking, especially clubbing as the older im getting I want for different things. I love a few glasses of wine with food and good chat, maybe go see a band etc but ive nobody to do these things with so what I did was join Yoga and Cookery classes during the week so im kept busy and when the weekend comes around im not so bothered about not going out and I do alot of things on my own but it would be nice to meet people who like doing different things as it seems to be very rare in Dublin :-)




  • Hi guys
    I too am off the booze and have started joining various clubs, (knitting, creativity classes, etc) my 30yr old nephew is also off the booze and staying with myself and my hubby, problem is, he has very little confidence and we can't seem to find anything to occupy his time, I'm scared that if we can't build him up and get him some non-drinking activities the booze will reclaim him, we live in the Dublin 24 area but still most things for blokes seem to revolve around Pubs etc, anyone got any tips on how to help him? Thanks


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  • gypsygirl wrote: »
    Hi guys
    I too am off the booze and have started joining various clubs, (knitting, creativity classes, etc) my 30yr old nephew is also off the booze and staying with myself and my hubby, problem is, he has very little confidence and we can't seem to find anything to occupy his time, I'm scared that if we can't build him up and get him some non-drinking activities the booze will reclaim him, we live in the Dublin 24 area but still most things for blokes seem to revolve around Pubs etc, anyone got any tips on how to help him? Thanks

    It depends on what your nephew is in to. There are football teams, astroparks have 5-aside leagues, pitch & putt, go-karting, tennis, badminton, table tennis, snooker, pool, photographic clubs + many others. These have been suggested by my (drinker) son for your nephew. Other than the karting all the rest are in D24. Unfortunately at some stage when people get together they tend to go to the pub after a group meeting which is the main problem. There are lots of evening courses from September. Depends whether he is sporty or academic or into art, check out the library for groups and workshops. I don't know if you have any interest in church activities, like choirs - they usually are booze free, or at least, they ought to be! There really should be non-drinking groups in every area and they should have a high profile. I think sometimes non-drinkers are made to feel almost ashamed of their sobriety!! Hope your nephew finds something interesting soon. :)

    Just for the record, I don't drink. I tried it in my teens, decades ago, didn't take to it, but always found it difficult to socialise because everyone went to the pub and I didn't enjoy that very much, but I go to evening courses and I have a few interests and hobbies and they keep me sane.




  • I am the same myself. I stopped drinking recently. I work and study part-time. Its quite a demanding course and I found that although I didn't drink often..when I did, I drank far too much,almost as stress relief. My family love to get together over a few drinks. So i thought it would be very difficult to adjust but it has been a little easier than I thought. I think this is because they have accepted it and realise that I needed to take better care of myself.
    I exercise but apart from that, i don't have any time for hobbies.

    I will say it is difficult being single and a non-drinker. The main place to meet someone seems to be in pubs. :(




  • hey iv recently giving up alcohol 4 months now, and I saw this the other day looks class, www.facebook.com/sobersaturdays

    Can't see this anymore - anyone know where its gone?




  • I am a non drinker, I don't like the taste or the horrible effects it has on my stomach. Sometimes I am jealous of people who claim to enjoy it. I see them having a laugh, dancing, talking to everyone and anyone. I am jealous of their confidence. I know it's not real but it's got to be better than sitting there, bored out of your tree cause the music's too loud to talk to anyone and you're too self conscious to dance. But yet, for me, the negative side of alcohol is not worth it. It's so frustrating!!!!! It's impossible for me to make friends. I feel totally out of the loop. The world to me is like a completed jigsaw puzzle and I'm a jigsaw piece that doesn't fit. Are there any other jigsaw pieces like me out there? Any advice on how to meet like minded people?




  • I think for us non-drinkers the first step is to accept yourself, and then hopefully those around you will also come to accept you. I get involved in church activities and there is never any alcohol involved in the clubs and groups, sometimes at social gathering there may be a little wine on offer but never offered to those driving so that works for me very well.

    Years ago in one of my jobs my boss used to say he couldn't do business with anyone who didn't drink, those were the bad old days. There are a lot of people who don't drink these days but unfortunately it is the drinkers who try to make us feel bad about ourselves. You need guts to face that shower at times but just keep it up and eventually they'll stop about slagging you off. Don't be a pushover for them!




  • Non-drinkers may be interested in these sites I came across today:
    http://www.meetup.com/Walking-Club/

    http://www.meetup.com/A-sober-slice-of-Dublin/

    And this one is a Christian group if that's of interest, I'm not a member but just passing it on for others.

    http://www.meetup.com/Connectdublin/




  • Hey lads i just found this trend, very good idea, haven't drank in years, ive got into other hobbie's instead, Astronomy is a good way to pass a Saturday nite and the sky is free, once a telescope is bought off course, but id defo be up into doing other activities with other non drinkers, im in Waterford!!




  • Have you tried astronomy, i find it great and its always at nite, alot of clubs around too!!




  • gypsygirl wrote: »
    Hi guys
    I too am off the booze and have started joining various clubs, (knitting, creativity classes, etc) my 30yr old nephew is also off the booze and staying with myself and my hubby, problem is, he has very little confidence and we can't seem to find anything to occupy his time, I'm scared that if we can't build him up and get him some non-drinking activities the booze will reclaim him, we live in the Dublin 24 area but still most things for blokes seem to revolve around Pubs etc, anyone got any tips on how to help him? Thanks

    I found astronomy to be great, alot of clubs around and its all at nite, weekends are even more popular, and i was never into outer space, now i can get enough of it and im getting into astrophotograpy, get a telescope and give it a try :)




  • I love this, such a breath of fresh air! excellent idea!


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  • as a non drinker after years of drinking (not excessively) i got interested in the area of self improvement and I found not relying on things like alcohol to lift your inhibitions truly leads to you being able to enjoy yourself in the moment in any situation.




  • as a non drinker after years of drinking (not excessively) i got interested in the area of self improvement and I found not relying on things like alcohol to lift your inhibitions truly leads to you being able to enjoy yourself in the moment in any situation.

    Any suggestions?;)


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