How To Say NO To A Drink

A lot of people find that once they start drinking more mindfully, they're not sure how to navigate socialising without booze. Whether it's going the whole occasion without a drink, or limiting your consumption, here are a few tips you can use to help you feel more comfortable about saying no..

  1. You don't have to explain yourself. If you're anything like me, you'll over-analyse the situation and think that you must give a well-argued response to any questions of not drinking. This is simply not the case. A simple "no thank you" can suffice. But if in doubt...
  2. Deflect! After a simple no thanks, quickly fire back a question. "Oh, how did you go with ..."; "did you hear about...". People love talking about themselves, so this is a sure-fire way to distract them.
  3. Have a reason prepared. A simple little explanation can help avoid excessive peer pressure and get others to back off. Try these to get you started:
  • I need to get up early tomorrow
  • I'm driving
  • I don't need the empty calories
  • I'm on a health kick
  • I feel much better when I don't drink

 

These tips, combined with some practical tactics like having a glass in your hand (especially if it's one of our gorgeous alcohol-free cocktails), will help you gain confidence on your mindful drinking journey.