Are you feeling self-conscious about saying “no” to alcohol in social situations? Here are 16 phrases you can use to turn down a drink.

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Imagine that you are recently sober, and you are hanging out with friends or family. Someone comes up to you and offers you an alcoholic beverage. You look around and see that other people are drinking alcohol. If you have not previously thought about what you might do in this situation, you might find yourself thinking:

What do I do?

Everyone else is drinking. Is it going to be weird if I don’t drink?

Should I tell people that I’m not drinking?


Lindsay Bowling, LPC

Mental Health Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor, Wellness Instructor, Digestive Illness Advocate & The Human Half of a Therapy Dog Team

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