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Old 12-12-2011, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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For a person that doesn't drink, drug, or go to nightclubs which do you think is more suitable for them: a large fast paced exciting city, or a more moderate sized slower paced one? The first impulse might to say the smaller city. You know, less temptations, more time to "inner reflect". But on the flip side, in a small city with little stimulation, drinking/drugs can make it more bearable. Think of those characters in King of the Hill. They were content with hanging out on the sidewalk, drinking beers and saying "yup". Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just that if you took their beer away it would change things for them.
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Denver
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What? Can't believe you referred to Hank Hill.

I love to drink and I'm from a small city, now that I'm in a huge city, I still love to drink.
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:44 PM
 
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Big city that has way more activities other than drinking. A lot of small and large towns have nothing more to do for entertainment than go to bars. A big city will have tons more to do.
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:54 PM
 
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Big city. Plenty to do if you don't drink (I don't drink)
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:19 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I'd think culture and religion would be a big factor. A city that's largely Mormon, Baptist, or Muslim would likely have plenty of non-drinking activities. Culturally I think I read somewhere that Southeast Asian cultures drink less. I'm not saying they're teetotalers, just that I think their culture's alcohol consumption was less than many other non-Muslim places.

All of that would seem to fit the following anyway.

http://www.city-data.com/top2/co5.html

Although a big city is good for avoiding things, if you wish, so it might be better for avoiding alcohol. The counties that have Baltimore, Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh, Tampa and some NYC boroughs were on that list. Still I'd think a small-city that's Mormon, Bible-Belt, or Southeast Asian could be okay too.
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:35 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Maybe a big city that's on the edge of nature. Somewhere like Denver, Portland, or Salt Lake City where one can have all the big city activity combined with nearby outdoor recreation (skiing/snowboarding, hiking etc.). Really I think it helps to advise exactly what kind of non drinking activities one is into to identify what big city, suburb, or small town would be compatible. It doesn't have to always boil down to having a big city being where all the action is. I'm sure some place like Telluride, Colorado or Santa Fe, New Mexico would have plenty to do for somebody that doesn't drink.
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:47 AM
 
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For a person that doesn't drink, drug, or go to nightclubs which do you think is more suitable for them: a large fast paced exciting city, or a more moderate sized slower paced one? .
If you dont drink/party what difference does the size of the city make?
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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If you dont drink/party what difference does the size of the city make?
Trust me I'm a step ahead of you. I've thought that too. There are alkies in big cities, sober people in small towns, and vice versa! Maybe when a person comes out of their fog they want something they didn't have before.

I took a trip out to Los Angeles earlier this year and really liked it. I got a motel in Hollywood and I would walk up and down Sunset and Hollywood Boulevard. I saw the people parting on Friday and Saturday nights but I felt like an outsider looking in. As a non drinker I just don't go to bars. However I still loved the energy of the area.
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:23 AM
 
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Trust me I'm a step ahead of you. I've thought that too. There are alkies in big cities, sober people in small towns, and vice versa! Maybe when a person comes out of their fog they want something they didn't have before.

I took a trip out to Los Angeles earlier this year and really liked it. I got a motel in Hollywood and I would walk up and down Sunset and Hollywood Boulevard. I saw the people parting on Friday and Saturday nights but I felt like an outsider looking in. As a non drinker I just don't go to bars. However I still loved the energy of the area.
I lived for several years in the heart of Hollywood. I don't go to clubs or bars or out partying. There's far more to the neighborhood than the late night scene. Certainly never felt like an outsider. If anything, I think there's often tension between the residents and the clubs. Under the tourist veneer it's actually a real neighborhood, with residents of all backgrounds just doing their thing.

That said, I'm not a "non-drinker" (I sometimes have a glass of wine or a beer at home or a restaurant), so I have no idea what it would be like if you were, say, a recovering alcoholic or something, as yes, there is a lot of nightlife in the neighborhood, and I suppose it could prove to be a strong temptation.
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:02 AM
 
Location: New York NY
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Choose the big city. If you're not into the drinking/drugging/partying scene a big city will have tons more things to do than a small town. All the urban attractions plus the ability to escape easily to beaches or mountains because the better transportation options. By that logic, the bigger the better for a non-drinker: NYC, Chicago, LA, Philly, etc. Plus, you may have to search for a while, but you will find non-drinkers that you can hang out with in greater numbers in a city with a big population. I agree that in small towns --even some small cities -- there's little else to do BUT drink.
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