Tips for Saying No to Drink OffersHere are some strategies you may want to consider during the holidays (or at any time during the year):
- “No thank you, I’m not drinking tonight.” You can always follow this up with saying you were at an event the night before, are going somewhere later, have to pick up your kids, told your spouse you weren’t going to drink, etc.
- “No thank you, I shouldn’t mix alcohol with my medication.” No one needs to know what you’re on medication for (if you are at all), but most people know that you shouldn’t mix alcohol with anything you may be taking.
- “I’m the designated driver tonight.” Everyone wants to get home safely!
- “I’ve had enough to drink, thanks.” A very true statement if you’re in recovery and embracing sobriety.
- “I’m good with what I’ve got, thanks.” Keep a non-alcoholic beverage in your hand that you can sip on throughout the evening. No one needs to know what’s in your glass. Just make sure that you get your own drink and keep it with you so you don’t accidentally get something with alcohol.
- “No thank you, I’m focusing on improving my health, so I’m not drinking.” That’s what recovery is all about.
- “No thank you, I am in recovery and I don’t drink.” If you feel comfortable, you can always be open and honest and tell someone that you are in recovery and do not drink any longer.