Dry Outings Geared Towards Millennials Are Sprouting

Human Connection Dinner

When it comes to staying sober, one of the most effective forms of supportive care is human connection.

Millennials at organized “dry dinners” across the country shun alcohol in favor of good food and conversation. Twenty-six-year-old Ben Rolnik create Conscious Family Dinner, which includes food along with activities including career life coaching and tarot card reading. He explained to the Associated Press that “it’s like a journey more than a dinner.”

Other similar sober events have been sprouting up across the country. Sober dance parties, like Daybreaker in Miami, Florida, provide the same level of dancing and DJ’s that you might find in a packed nightclub, but they take place at dawn before people start their work day. Tickets are as low as $20 and as many as 500 people attend these events.

There’s also a sober alternative to bar crawls: the juice crawl. The New York City-based events invite participants to sample as many juices as they want, with no worries about over-imbibing or ending up with a hangover the next day. These events, too, seem to attract young people seeking to connect with others in an intentional way. The Guardian reports that attendees are looking for “real, authentic relationships” and want to remain “centered and calm to appreciate the day.”

“It’s not so much about whether alcohol is there or not,” said Bender founder Justin Henderson, who offers similar dry events. “People are just looking for ways to connect around things that they value and are passionate about.”