Add this to the list of things I wish were around when I was younger: No Booze Babes.
I quit drinking for good not long before I took my first job in Toronto in 1990. I had to, because I had quit smoking and the two went hand in hand. Literally.
I’ve written before about my issues with alcohol. Back then, the biggest problem I had was dealing with the reactions of other people. They’d cajole and pressure a non-drinker to have “just one”. They didn’t know that it could never be “just one”. I came up with various ways of nicely saying, hey pal, you do you, and I’ll do me. This cranberry juice is delicious.
Now there’s a growing community of young women who have chosen to quit or never drink alcohol. Others are pregnant or “sober-curious”. No Booze Babes is a website started by Shea Gomez who quit drinking after she decided hangovers were getting in the way of her goals. She is the de facto leader of thousands of women who want to have a good time, and don’t need booze to do it. Her aim is to normalize sobriety.
Gomez lives in New York City but she has already travelled the world to meet fellow NBBs. She blogs, posts on Instagram and other social media, with inspirational support for women navigating alcohol-free lives.
Not everyone who doesn’t drink has a problem with alcohol. But it’s kind of weird that drinking is the norm and the person who doesn’t imbibe is the odd one, isn’t it? That’s how our society views it. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with having a few drinks. But these women have decided, for whatever reason, it’s not right for them.
If you know a young woman who’s looking for her people, this might be the place to find them. I love it and wish it had been around when I was in the early stages of trying to be a non-drinker in a drinking world. But that’s not realistic. I guess I would have had to invent the Internet first.