Post # 1
Ok, I admit it, I drink a fair amount (or drank, I suppose that should be past-tense now that I’m 5 weeks and change). Anyway, not to excess, but more that there was a frequency there. DH and I enjoy our wine and our brown liquor in particular. And we go out with friends and there are almost always drinks involved.
I’m sure I’m not the only one.
SO – lay ’em on me ladies. What are the best/funniest/most believed excuses for not drinking that the bees who normally love that drink use to explain to their friends why they are suddenly eschewing it?
Post # 3
How about you lost a bet between you and DH and now you are the DD? If they ask what the bet was just wink and say Oh, wouldn’t you like to know.
Post # 4
You could always volunteer to be designated driver, or say you lost a bet, so you have those duties for 9 months!
Edit: After hitting send, I saw PP’s post. Great idea!
Post # 5
My friend would order cranberry juice at a bar and pretend it was cranberry vodka if anyone asked.
she also pretended to chug champagne at a bachelorette party. It was totally believeable.
You could also say that you had an allergic reaction to something. There’s an additive in wine that can cause this in some people.
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
“Alcohol interferes with a medication I’m taking” or “Too many calories & trying to lose weight/ be healthier”
These are my go-to’s and they’re most believed because theirs at least some truth to both of them.
Post # 7
I have an old, empty pill bottle from an antibiotics prescription I once got. I was planning to fill it with some of my prenatals and then take one with my soda/water when asked why I wasn’t drinking. It looks like that won’t be necessary now, because DH can’t keep the news to himself, lol!
Post # 8
@anghp: I plan on doing the cranberry, no vodka thing at a wedding in October if I need to. That’s my drink of choice and everyone knows it. I’ll just make sure to order it in a lowball glass with a lime wedge.
It’s funny, because my mom will often order her margaritas in a different glass so that it looks like lemonade (worried what the Southern Baptist neighbors will think) and I’ll be trying to pass off regular drinks as adult beverages.
Post # 9
SIL did the bait and switch, when she couldn’t get away with NOT getting given an alcoholic drink she would keep it in her hand and make her DH drink sips of it when no one was looking so the glass eventually became empty. At least no one bugged her when she had a drink in hand.
We also used the pretend alcohol on a trip with friends when she was only about 6 weeks. FI and I knew, but she didn’t want to tell everyone else yet so I put fruity drinks in a wine glass for her (I was drinking fruity wines) and when I made a batch of jello shooters for everyone I marked hers on the bottom of the cup so she could do one with the group and not be noticed. Totally worked, no one ever caught on. Someone even made a comment about how she must be drunk off “one drink” after she made a silly comment of some sort.
I’ll probably need to use some crafty tactics to pull one over on the in-laws. MIL sucks and tries to catch on to people’s pregnancies so early and I really want to surprise her so keep em coming ladies!
Post # 10
Ohhhh, I like these ideas! Keep ’em coming!!
Unfortunately we live in Chicago so the DD excuse won’t work (we’re public transportation people)
I think my biggest upcoming problem is dinner with two of our best friends. We will be at our house and drinking lots and lots of wine (because that’s what the four of us do). Too small a group for the bait and switch or the “fake drink”. But antibiotics … that might work!! (now I’ll just have to come up with an appropriate illness).
Post # 11
@iRun2004: say you are really hungover from the night before!
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@iRun2004: You only have to worry about it until they are a few drinks in themselves then they’ll stop caring if you’re drinking or not lol.
Post # 14
I just stopped drinking this week. The only thing I know to say is, “I’m trying to make health a priority and drinking won’t fit well in my new lifestyle”, I hope you understand.
Post # 15
My FSIL and FBIL tell everyone that they have a bet going as to see who can go longer without drinkingso it doesn’t look as obvious.
Then again, my FBIL is being super nice and not drinking along with her. I cant say my FI would do the same thing.
She also told some peopke she was trying to get healthier and her dr said that cutting out alcohol might help.
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