I was a bit nervous. I really haven't been doing much socially. I arrived first (I'm always early...character flaw?!?),and the next to arrive was a friend I've know for a few years. I told her my big secret was that I've given up alcohol. She was very supportive.
I didn't make a big announcement to anyone else. The hardest part by far is when the waiter first asks what everyone is having to drink. I was surprised that the first person to order had club soda with lime! I ordered water. The 3 others ordered wine and beer. When my friend ordered her beer, she turned to me and said "I hope that's ok". I said "of course"! The last thing I want to do is make anyone uncomfortable or change what they're ordering.
No one cared that I ordered water...no one said a word! Later, when the waiter came back to see about more drinks everyone said no thanks. All I could think was how much I would have wanted more!
I had such a great time connecting with new friends and old. The biggest lesson here is that I CAN socialize without alcohol! I CAN make conversation without loosening up with a drink first! I can laugh and be silly and talk about serious things too!