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5 Easy Ways to Refuse Alcohol in Social Settings

Many people describe themselves as “social drinkers,” meaning that they drink alcohol primarily at social events rather than at home. When you’re in recovery from an alcohol addiction, however, drinking is no longer a part of socializing. Here are five simple ways you can refuse alcohol in social settings, even under pressure.

Take the Role of Designated Driver

If you’re going out with a group of people who plan to drink, volunteer to be the designated driver. Even if you’re not really the designated driver, saying you are can prevent further pressure. The “DD” generally gets a pass at parties, and many event venues offer free sodas and other non-alcoholic beverages to designated drivers. Plus, you’ll know your friends are getting home safely and that you’re protecting other drivers on the road.

Tell Them You’re Cutting Back for Health Reasons

It’s not uncommon to hear people say that they are cutting back on their drinking in order to lose weight or improve their health. When you refuse a drink by saying you’re trying to cut calories or be healthier, it’s not an excuse—you actually get the bonus of supporting your health!

Go for a Tasty Mocktail

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Being a non-drinker doesn’t have to mean water and soda. Ask for a “mocktail,” which has all the flavor and flair of a cocktail without the alcohol. If you keep a mocktail in your hand at all times, you can easily refuse alcohol by saying you already have a drink.

Tell Them You’re Pinching Pennies

Saying you’re trying to cut down on spending is something most people can identify with. If you’re at a special event or concert with a cash bar, simply tell people you’re watching your budget. If someone offers to buy you a drink or hands you one they’ve already purchased, cutting back for health reasons is a good backup explanation.

Just Be Honest and Open—Share That You’re in Recovery

Being totally open about recovery is more common and accepted than you might think. Well-meaning people may brush off other reasons and pressure you to “loosen up,” but they would likely act differently if they knew the truth. If you explain that you no longer drink because you are recovering from an addiction, others will understand that they shouldn’t offer you alcohol. You’ll also be opening up an important conversation and actively combatting the stigma surrounding addiction.

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