8 Ways to Reduce Alcohol If You Do Not Drink
In many circles, alcohol is a major part of social life. From college parties to weddings and easy gatherings with friends, alcohol is often involved.
But what if you do not drink?
Maybe you are recovering, or you are taking a break to see how you are feeling. Either way, you plan to spend the night without alcohol.
Refusing alcohol can sound unpleasant, especially if you are sitting with people who have seen you drink in the past.
Whether you decide to abstain from alcohol for now or have recently begun drinking alcohol, the following suggestions may help you to get started.
Have good excuses
Of course, you can always figure out why you do not drink, but you should not feel obligated to do so.
There is nothing wrong with lying a little white lie to get your friends off your back. Or, perhaps it is technically true, but it is not a reason not to drink. Either way, it is an easy way to refuse drinks.
Here are a few possible excuses:
- Do you have a morning class or a work shift in the morning
- you still feel hungry from the night before
- you see your family with a bright and light breakfast
If you want someone to stop asking you questions, you could tell them that you are taking an antiseptic or some other antidepressant drug. When it comes to your life, people (usually) will not challenge you.
Choose a non-alcoholic beverage
When you meet friends outside, you can bring sodas, or other non-alcoholic beverages of your choice, too. If you already have a drink, you are less likely to be offered it, avoiding potentially difficult conversations.
Meanwhile, if you are about to head out for a bar, many bars with beer and cider are available. There are also alternatives, such as soda, juice, or water, if you prefer.
Pretend you are drinking
This is a bit like the above advice, but it may work better for you.
If you are comfortable with alcohol and do not drink it, you can “nurse” the drink, gradually “drink” it by pouring it into the toilet, or giving it to friends to try.
Maybe you’re cool with a little alcohol, but you don’t want to get drunk. You could order a drink early in the evening and have it for a few hours, letting your friends think that you have more drinks.
Talk to the bartender
If you want to look like a drunkard, it does not hurt to have a quiet voice with someone who drinks alcohol. They work for everyone, and many will not think much of you for not drinking alcohol.
If you order a coke, for example, you can ask them to give it to you in the same glass as they can make vodka coke. The two drinks look the same, and no one will suspect anything.
For cocktails, you can go ahead and order without alcohol but ask them to fix it and decorate yours as if it were alcohol. The worst they can say is “no” – impossible.
Excuses can work in the short term. However, if you plan to abstain from alcohol for a while, or if you have friends whom you trust, you might be tempted to be honest.
Everyone has a different relationship with alcohol, and it is good, to be honest about your decision to avoid it. Unlike excuses, which can work until the next time you go out with your friends, being honest can make your friends leave you for a long time.
Who knows, you may also find that someone else is wandering around in the same situation.
Give it a drive
Everyone should be aware of the dangers of drinking and driving, so why not make a conscious effort to be a good driver?
Your friends will thank you for taking on one team, and you will be able to enjoy your time without being caught drinking.
Be your ‘No’
You do not owe anyone an explanation, whether it is true or false.
If you do not want to introduce yourself to someone, you are allowed to give them “no” and leave as is. Especially if you are a stranger, you have the right to keep your business a secret.
You may find, though, that people do not care. The thought of not drinking in public can sometimes be more difficult than the truth. Often, people do not care.
After all, you are not trying to cool off their drinking habits, you are just saying no to yourself.
Change the subject
We’ve all been in a situation where someone, whether a friend or just a person, comes up to us drunk, starts talking and then spits out.
If they see that you are not drinking, they may ask you why. Even if they are friends who know you do not drink, alcohol has the potential to reduce people’s barriers, so they may ask or check for more information.
If you do not want to answer – especially to a drunken person – you can change the subject. For example, ask them something about themselves, talk about a band or a sports team in their T-shirt, or talk about a friend of theirs both.
An important point colors edge
There are various reasons for not drinking, and it is up to you to decide how open you are to your circumstances.
Just remember that drinking (or not drinking) is a personal decision. You can still have fun with your friends, even if you are the only one who does not drink – as long as you and your friends are cool with each other’s decisions.
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