Can you date someone who doesn’t drink?

Jay Casey, a 34-year-old production assistant, considers himself a pretty regular drinker — on any given night, he estimates he might have five drinks.

But when it comes to dating, he’s more than happy to go out with teetotalers.

“I get more drowsy when I drink,” explains the Greenpoint resident, making it harder for him to focus. He recalls one especially great first date three years ago — which led to several further get-togethers — with a girl who didn’t tipple: “It was really positive, because she was very upbeat.”

He doesn’t drink when his dates don’t (he doesn’t want them to feel self-conscious), so there’s “no worry of having had too much” — a concern that, for him, can negate the unwinding effects of alcohol.

Casey’s perspective might be a welcome one for New Yorkers trying to cut back on their drinking — while still maintaining their romantic relationships — in the new year. But how does one date if you can’t meet for drinks?


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