7 ways on how to say NO to booze

“The world is a cocktail party, and everyone is shouting” – William Gibson.

But how do you say no to booze?

Alcohol has always been, and will always be, around us no matter where we are, who we are or what we do.

Even though the ideas about alcohol are constantly changing, there are still many ways to say no to booze.

I gave up wine drinking, which I talk about in Stop Drinking Alcohol Now but let’s be honest; everyone needs to think about how you say no.

Your friends and colleagues may not take kindly to you saying no to alcohol.

Here are 7 ways how to say no to booze.

I’ve encountered many people who have trouble saying no to booze. But, of course, this is a problem if you’re drinking too much, just feel a bit crap about it, isn’t a good thing to have if you want to maintain a sane and healthy life.

Saying no to booze is difficult, so here are some tips on how you can do that.

After all, I am slowly becoming the master of it. I just can’t touch alcohol.

Here’s how:

1. Say No Thanks To Booze

And I mean, just say no. Simple, right?

There are two kinds of social drinkers in this world: those who can enjoy a drink or two without overindulging; and those who can’t.

For the latter, it’s helpful to know that there is a simple way to ensure that you only drink as much as you intend to.

Trying to judge your state of intoxication is always an inaccurate measure. For example, if you’re at a bar and ask yourself, “Am I drunk?” or “How drunk am I?”, chances are you’ve had about 3-4 alcoholic drinks.

It is easily done!

There are plenty of inventions on the market that promise to help you monitor your level of intoxication (and there are even apps for your mobile devices), but it just comes down to two simple words: Say No Thanks.

That’s the phrase you need to use when ordering more drinks from your bartender or down the local bar. –– and the more you say it, the less likely you’ll be to get alcohol poisoning.

Practice saying No Thanks in the mirror. Repetition is the master of all skills.

I used to be a big fan of alcohol. I drank it because I was an adult.

Once I started paying attention, I realized that alcohol made me do dumb stuff.

Sober me is outgoing, friendly and fun to be around.

Alcoholic me is belligerent, obnoxious and full of bad ideas.

So it wasn’t hard for me to realize that sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is say no.

And the best way to say no is by not drinking in the first place.

So these days, if someone offers me a drink, I smile and say thanks, but I’m good right now.

2. Say that you have a headache

Say you’re in the midst of a painful breakup and have to attend a work function where the ex is also in attendance.

You’ve just downed half a bottle of tequila but have to make it through an afternoon of PowerPoint presentations without being drunk.

Say No To Alcohol

Of course, telling people you have a headache won’t prevent them from noticing that your eyes are red and that you’re slurring your words, but it’s an excellent excuse for why you can’t drink anymore for the rest of the day.

Or that you’re going to leave early to pick up your sick cat from the vet before he has to be put down.

Or that your kids are at home with chickenpox, and you don’t want to spread those sores around.

Second thought. Just say you have a headache. People are generally sympathetic, right?

If you say you have a headache, it implies that you’re not drinking, and people won’t expect any alcohol from you.

That said, if you’re going to dinner with a group of people who are drinking.

I recommend framing your reasons for not drinking differently: If some ask why you are drinking at dinner, say something like: “I don’t feel that great tonight.

It’s probably just being tired from work, but I figure it’s probably better to err on the side of caution.”

Sometimes people will offer you alcohol anyway.

Then politely decline the offer while continuing to talk or excuse yourself so you can go to the bathroom or get food (but don’t get any).

It took me a long time to figure out how to tactfully avoid alcohol when socializing in groups where everyone else is drinking.

When I started doing this, I was afraid that people would be offended if I didn’t drink and think I was judging them for their drinking habits.

And breaking news – they are!

But as long as you still participate in the conversation and can hold your own opinions about things other than alcohol consumption, people are typically very understanding!

Or at least they like they think they are.

3. Say that you are not in the mood for drinks tonight.

Then grab the mocktail menu. People are fascinated by them, and I think it is the colour.

Or the sparklers.

Say yes to a mocktail

If you are not in the mood for an alcoholic dr here is a list of 10 nonalcoholic drinks that can make your night a little bit better.

1. Virgin Bloody Mary – This drink is ubiquitous, and it goes well with your favourite food. Many people prefer this drink because it doesn’t have any alcohol content.

2. Virgin Pina Colada – This drink is more refreshing than other nonalcoholic drinks out there. The sweetness of pineapple juice combined with the creaminess of coconut milk can bring something special into your taste buds.

3. Hot Apple Cider – If you want to get rid of flu or colds during winter, you can try this drink. It is delicious, and it warms up your body from the inside out.

Make sure it is alcohol-free cider.

4. Virgin Daiquiri – If you don’t feel like drinking straight liquor, this drink is a perfect alternative for you.

On hot summer days, it can also be used to cool off.

5. Virgin Mojito – One of the best things about this nonalcoholic drink is that you can easily make it at home by following simple steps online or in your recipe book.

Suitable for dinner parties, right?

4. Say that you are on a diet ( avoid and then bore them)

If you say “I’m on a diet” to prevent alcohol when other people offer you a drink, then you are doing it wrong.

Telling someone you’re on a diet as an excuse not to have a drink is an open invitation for that person to ask you how long you’ve been on your diet, what kind of diet it is, and when the last time was that you had some alcohol.

It’s just better to say no thanks and keep the focus on everyone having a good time.

For example, You: No thanks, I’m on a diet. Friend: Oh, that sucks!

How long have you been on your diet?

You: About 2 years. Friend: What kind of diet is it? Low-carb? Paleo? Atkins? South Beach?

Yawn right?

But it goes on!

You: I don’t follow any particular plan. I eat less than 1000 calories most days of the week.

Friend: So that means no drinking for you!

When was your last drink?

That must be torture!

Bore them with another subject like keeping a hamster. They will soon walk away.

5. Say that you have an early day tomorrow morning and need your sleep.

Everyone needs sleep so it can work.

When people offer you a drink, say, “Sorry, I need my sleep”, when you’re tired and have a busy day tomorrow.

The tone is how you say things. The style of your voice can be confident or unconfident.

It can be polite or rude. It can be enthusiastic or dull.

If your delivery style isn’t right for what you’re saying, it will hurt your credibility.

If you have a bland and monotone manner while saying you need to get some sleep because people keep offering you drinks, it makes it seem like you don’t need to sleep, and you’re just trying to get out of drinking.

So keep yawning. Be authentic, but it might need some play-acting.

Nothing wrong with that when it comes down to alcohol

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6. Say that you don’t like the taste of alcohol at all (if it’s true).

How do you react when someone insists you try their favourite drink at a party?

Tell them that you don’t like the taste of alcohol. Who can argue with that?

After work, join your boss for a drink if he asks you to do so. Tell him you hate the taste of alcohol if you want to avoid interacting with him on drinks and downing more and more.

It’s an acceptable excuse.

Ask them if they have tried the alcohol-free beer. They will become curious. People are when they realize it tastes good.

Try a familiar brand like Heineken Zero.

7. Say “yes” to food instead of alcohol!

The next time you’re offered a drink, instead of saying, “No thanks, I’m driving,” why not ask for food instead?

Temptation is all around us. Whether it’s a co-worker who wants to take you out for drinks after work or a friend who wants to go bar hopping, saying “no” can be challenging.

But saying “yes” to alcohol is the easiest way to destroy your diet and fitness goals.

When you’re building healthy habits and sticking to your goals, it’s best to avoid temptation altogether.

That way, you won’t have to fight yourself later on when willpower runs out.

Before you commit to any social plans that involve drinking, let the people around you know that you’re trying to watch what you eat and that alcohol isn’t an option for the evening.

Whenever someone buys you a drink, ask for a nonalcoholic drink.

There are some excellent alcohol-free options from Peroni and even Fizz.

Say no to booze with glass of alcohol-free sparkling wine

You should always ask for a glass of water instead of a vodka tonic if someone offers you one. You could explain that you have an early morning meeting and need a clear report if they don’t seem convinced you’re serious (or they want to play the devil’s advocate).

Or check out the range of alcohol-free spirits from Lyres. They are rather good.

No more booze for me, handsome

What’s the best way to keep a cork from popping when there are empty bottles of champagne and vodka in the house?

Tell everyone that you’re having a no-booze evening. What’s the best way to avoid ordering an extra drink with your meal when you’re out for dinner? Tell the waiter, “No more booze for me; I’m driving.”

Have fun. But the best way is just saying no.

No your limit with the drinkaware website.

7 Way on saying NO to booze is generally the most simple. But you might need to be creative. You got this.

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