By: Stan Popovich
Do you find yourself going to various social events and your friends try to get you to drink, but you don’t want to?
It can be stressful having others get on your case because you do not want to consume alcohol at a party.
As a result, here are seven tips on how to tell your friends you don’t want to drink alcohol when your out with your friends.
1. Know where you stand: Before you go to any party or social event, you need to make a choice on how much you are willing to drink or whether you will drink anything at all. Once you decide what you are going to do, stand behind your decision. Do not let others determine what is best for you.
2. Communicate your decision to your friends: Explain to your friends what you plan on doing. Give them reasons on why you feel this way. Be willing to answer any questions that can help your friends understand your situation. If your friends get on your case on a regular basis, then maybe it is best to find other people who will respect you.
3. Be firm in your decision and show confidence: It’s important to be firm in telling others that you do not want to drink. Some people will continue to argue with you, so do not give in to their arguments. Do what is right and stand behind your decision. Don’t let others determine what is best for you.
4. Hang out with people who will respect you: If your friends really like you, they need to respect you. Nobody wants to be with people who are trying to get them into some kind of trouble. You always have the choice to spend your time with the people you like. Always do what is best for you rather than trying to please your friends.
5. Always have something in your hands: A good way to get people off your back is to carry a cup of alcohol or a can of beer in your hand as you walk around at the party. The key is not to drink the alcohol. This is a little trick you can use when nothing else seems to work and you are unable to leave the party.
6. Walk away: You have the choice to walk away from your friends who are trying to get you to do something you do not want to do. Your better off to just leave your friends if they are making you anxious and stressed out. All you have to do is to tell your friends that you need some space and then just walk away.
7. Be selective on where you go: Do your homework and find out ahead of time whether there will be a lot of drinking at the party or event you wish to attend. A person can find out from their friends on what they can expect before going to a party. This will help you pick and choose what places you may want to avoid.
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