The question that I dread the most and keeps me hiding out at home still is this one. What to say when people ask you what you want to drink and when you ask for a non-alcoholic option and the questions then follow what’s your ‘go to’ response?
In some respects having young children has really helped me as I don’t have much of a social life! When I’ve gone to parties I’ve taken alcohol free beer such as Becks Blue and that has avoided this question being asked but I would really like a killer line, ya know. Witty, yet deflective and maintains boundaries, particularly mine in this instance!
One that they shared in the Almost Alcoholic book that I talked about before here which I really like is this one:
“Thanks, but I drank my whole life’s quota of alcohol by the time I was forty, so I’ll pass”
The person who used this was a nurse and she said that many people responded with a smile or a laugh and no one ever frowned or pressed her to take a drink. I like that and may co-opt this for myself 🙂
The one that feels most comfortable for me right now is that ‘I don’t drink anymore because for me life is so much better without it’.
What’s worked for you when dodging booze that I could also try?
94 days to go
PS Completely unrelated but I just had to mention as a nurse and employee of the NHS that yesterday it was voted the best healthcare system in the world by an international panel of experts. “The United Kingdom ranks first overall, scoring highest on quality, access and efficiency,” the fund’s researchers conclude in their 30-page report. Their findings amount to a huge endorsement of the health service, especially as it spends the second-lowest amount on healthcare among the 11 – just £2,008 per head, less than half the £5,017 in the US. Only New Zealand, with £1,876, spent less. We don’t often get an opportunity to toot our horn and this is my blog so three cheers for the NHS!!! 🙂