St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and if you hang out with a festive crowd, chances are, you will be encouraged to drink—a lot.
However, if you’re living with a number of health factors—including diabetes, pregnancy or liver disease, then this might not be an option for you. There’s also the fact that overconsumption of alcohol itself can lead to a number of health problems.
Even if your friends are understanding of your decision to not drink, you might feel indirect pressure to drink just by being around people who are. If you are out with a group of friends this holiday, here are some gracious ways to turn down the offer of alcohol or avoid that indirect pressure:
- Keep busy with something else: Dancing, snacking, talking, playing a game, listening to music, etc… none of these things have to be done with alcohol, and if you really get into it, people will generally leave you alone about how much you are (or are not) indulging.
- Non-alcoholic alternatives: This includes coffee, energy drinks, lemon lime and bitters, Shirley Temples, etc.…
- Don’t hang around the bar: Or the drinks table at a party. That will draw attention to the fact that you aren’t imbibing, and put more indirect pressure on you to do so. Find a table, or a spot on the dance floor, or close to the band, far away from the alcohol.
- Faking it: Fill your glass with orange juice or soda, or something else that is commonly mixed with alcohol. That way, no one asks you if you would like a drink or pressure you for not drinking.
- Offer to be the DD: Most people will respect this and probably even thank you for offering this service. If you’re okay driving around a lot after everything is done, then this is one of the easiest ways to graciously turn down a drink.
- Give a real excuse: Tell them you’re cutting back and leave it at that. You might be pressured if you use this tactic, especially if the people you’re with get aggressive or obnoxious when they drink too much. Just be firm and stand your ground.
We support your quest to keep your health on-track. If you do have a condition that prevents you from drinking, such as diabetes or pregnancy, we carry diabetic supplies and maternity products in-stock.