What Do You Say When you Don’t Want to Drink?
by Mel Daniels
Getting away from alcohol is not easy. Whether you’re trying to avoid it because you’re in recovery, or simply for health or lifestyle reasons, it’s very difficult to resist the temptation when it’s so ubiquitous in modern society. Drinks after a social dinner with friends, parties where everyone is drinking, the list goes on. You may simply decide it’s better to avoid those situations altogether, but that’s not always a viable option. So what do you do when you don’t want to drink, or can’t drink, and your host keeps offering alcoholic drinks?
If you’re in recovery, you may not feel comfortable talking about it, and there’s definitely nothing wrong with that. It’s up to you to decide how much information you want to disclose, so always remember that you’re not under any obligation to answer truthfully when someone offers you a drink or asks you why you’re not drinking. A simple “no thanks” or “I don’t want to” is absolutely fine. You may even want to prepare some replies to help you feel more comfortable turning down alcohol. For some great ideas on what to say, check out this article at Recovery.org.
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