Post # 16
You could also have ‘hurt your back’ doing something completely innocent. I feel like everyone I know has done this at one point in their life. My one friend pulled her neck out brushing her teeth!
You could be feeling a bit better, but the pain killers and/or muscle relaxants can’t be taken with alcohol. If you really want to be prepared you can google the name of one, so you’re ready. It’ll heal in a few days, there would be no lasting effects.
Post # 17
We’re still in Lent. You could say that you’ve given up for Lent and/or you plan to donate the money you would have spent on alcohol to a worthy cause. Obviously, if you say that, a RL small donation would probably be a nice touch.
Post # 18
I didn’t have to make any excuses to a couple friends I saw last weekend since they didn’t question anything but I did plan on saying I had a headache and just took some Advil and didn’t dare drink alcohol after taking medicine nor did I want to make my headache worse.
Post # 19
I never drink but I hate people trying to get me to. So I usually just say it conflicts with my medication. Usually works.
Post # 20
rittenhousenewbee: Commenting to follow because this is one of my biggest concerns too! We are definitely social drinkers and I would certainly recieve comments if I decline over and over!
Maybe could you just take a drink and hold it? People PROBABLY wouldnt pay attention to the rate at which it was (or was not!) disappearing … ? That’s my plan for tonight at a work happy hour (I am only 4 weeks – just found out!).
Post # 21
A good friend of mine washed out a wine bottle and replaced it with cider. People saw her pour the “wine” and drink it out of her wine glass. She nursed it all night 🙂 Worked like a charm!
Post # 22
My truth before was either I was getting up really early the next morning for something, or that I had a headache all day and can’t even think about drinking.
Post # 23
- Wedding: Cottage on the Creek
my high school counselor told us (in the “dont feel pressured to drink” health class) that you could take a drink and slosh it bit by bit into potted plants, bushes, etc.
Post # 24
Rachel631: That’s what I’m doing! Gave it up for Lent! I’ll be at 12 weeks by Easter – super lucky timing for that excuse. 🙂
The headache thing sounds like a really good excuse too.
Post # 25
rittenhousenewbee: I’m not sure it would be helpful to you, but my constant excuse to close friends and family members has been “We’re thinking of kids soon, so my doctor said I should lay off the [alchohol, caffeine, raw sushi].” Everyone has just accepted it and asked no questions. I’m 6 weeks preggo today. I’m getting concerned though because my work has our semi-annual bar night in 2 weeks and I’ve never missed one or not drank. And they don’t know we were trying or thinking of trying :S
Post # 26
Say you’re doing a cleanse…or just don’t have a taste for it.
Post # 27
If you need an excuse as to why you have decided not to have a drink that night then you should reevaluate the people in your life. If someone asked me why I wasn’t drinking (pretty sure no one in my circle of friends would ever do that), I would tell them because I don’t feel like it. Why do you need an excuse?
Post # 28
I love all these suggestions! I may have to use two different excuses since the crowd will vary greatly (small bday dinner with immediate family and small gathering with friends).
Miss Coral: Your response made me LOL. I have this image of someone catching me in the act and me going “I’m have to kill your plants with vodka to save my baby!”
Speaking of excuses for not drinking..I could really use a vodka ginger right about now..sigh.
Post # 29
I tried the antibiotics excuse…it didn’t work at all and my coworkers called me out on it. Now 2 of my coworkers know and I haven’t even told any family yet. The thing is, if you’re known to be a regular drinker like I am, people know that “antibiotics” is a standard excuse and will see through it. Hell, I’ve drank on antibiotics before since there are only a few you really can’t drink on so they’ve seen me say “I’m on antibiotics but I’m still going to drink.” Other suggestions others have brought up also don’t work me (people know I’d never do a cleanse, I would never stop drinking in anticipation of getting pregnant, etc).
To really make sure nobody suspects anything, just have a drink in your hand and dump it out/have husband drink it.
Post # 30
I found out I was pregnant the morning of a day I was supposed to go to a bachelorette party. Like a PP, there’s no way most of these excuses would’ve worked for me. I have drank on antibiotics, would never stop drinking in preparation for ttc, would never do a cleanse, don’t need to lose weight and would get a lot of crap for wanting to, most likely would be peer-pressured to “push through” a hangover, etc…
That night I was mostly hanging out with my best friend and we would take turns buying rounds. When it was her turn to buy mine, I got a vodka tonic, and would carry it around and “sip” on it, but would go to the bathroom and dump out half every chance I could get. When it was my turn to buy a round, I had to be sneaky and make sure I was out of earshot of my friend, and I would ask the bartender for Sprite in a bar glass with a lime and I would just drink it.
It was still kind of uncomfortable and I thought my bestie was suspicious because I went to the bathroom a lot and always took my drink. But after a couple hours when everyone else was drunk, it got a LOT easier to hide. 🙂