For years, drinking and dating made classic bedfellows: First dates were almost always at bars and liquid courage was key for muddling awkward vibes. But the pandemic and the rise of wellness culture have uncorked new attitudes toward alcohol. While some people are drinking more than ever, others are sober-curious or abstaining entirely. The effects are bubbling over onto the dating scene, and singles are taking notice. In Shooting Your Shot, Bustle explores the changing norms around imbibing on dates. — Hannah Orenstein, Deputy Lifestyle & Wellness Editor
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