Alcohol is a common presence at social events and parties, and, while some people can drink in moderation, not everyone is able to maintain a healthy relationship with alcohol. Drinking alcohol is not mandatory at a party, but some people believe they need to drink to have a good time. Those who have struggled with alcohol abuse in the past will find it challenging to attend engagements that involve alcohol. However anyone can go to a party and not drink, regardless of his or her past or present relationship with alcohol.
Five Ways to Say No to Alcohol
Some people may not be comfortable or feel able to just say no thank you when alcohol is offered. They may feel like they need a good reason or excuse to pass on a beverage. The following are ways to decline offers of alcohol, if you are not comfortable simply saying no:
- Explain that you are the designated driver
- Have an excuse for why you need to remain sober, such as an important engagement early the next morning
- Carry around a glass or cup filled with a non-alcoholic drink
- Say you are on medication that can’t be mixed with alcohol
- Be honest, and tell friends your intentions to not drink
If there is a negative response to you choosing not to drink, or if people pressure you, leave the party or event.
Will I Lose My Friends If I Don’t Drink?
Peer pressure is often a contributing factor to alcohol use. People want to feel included and part of the group. When it seems like “everyone” is drinking alcohol, it can be hard to say no. There is nothing wrong with not wanting to drink alcohol at a party. Any person who finds it necessary to single out or hassle a person for not drinking is not a good friend, coworker or acquaintance. Genuine friends will not be bothered by a person’s alcohol-free lifestyle, and their friendship will not be dependent on drinking. People living a life that revolves around alcohol may not be willing to make time for or spend time with those who wish to refrain from activities that involve drinking. This may lead to a lost friendship, but a relationship based only on alcohol consumption does not possess true value.
Is My Drinking a Problem?
Do you give in to peer pressure? Do you say you’re not going to drink alcohol before an event but then find yourself doing so? Do you ever feel guilty or upset with yourself after drinking? Do you feel incapable of saying “no” to alcohol?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, your drinking habits may be more of a problem than you think. For help dealing with alcohol abuse issues, please call our toll-free helpline today. We are here to answer any questions you may have about alcohol abuse and to help you with any concerns you may have about your drinking habits.