(Closed) Tips to avoid the not drinking issue

posted 7 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

First of all, you shouldn’t have to make an excuse, it’s none of their business! I’ve not been in this situation but you could say you’re trying to eat more “clean” and eliminate alcohol, they say if you cut out alcohol you could actually lose 5-10 lbs which is a good reason whether you’re TWW or not! =]

Post # 4
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9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m trying to watch my weight, and alcohol is just empty calories I don’t need. Wine gives me a headache. I have to get up early tomorrow. I’m just not in the mood to drink, but you guys enjoy! Usually people don’t question the medication excuse, it’s never failed for me and I’ve been quiet about it for almost 3 months now around a family full of Irish drinkers, holiday parties and Thanksgiving when I always drink wine and champagne.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I think the loosing weight thing is a good idea and your co-workers could buy it. You could always say that you’ve been dealing with insomnia. Most people are told to avoid alcohol if they have problems sleeping regularly as it interfers with your body’s natural sleep cycles. Also, if you get desperate, you could say that you’ve started medication for insomnia that alcohol interfers with.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Just tell them you’re on strict diet, no alcohol, carbs or processed sugar. Most people won’t badger you about trying to be healthier. If they try to get you to have a drink just say “I wish I could, but it’s just easier for me to stick with it if I don’t” then change the subject. I know you don’t owe anyone an excuse, but it’s just making your life easier without trying to be a bad liar.

Post # 10
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491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@roxy821: Mass email to the company about you being pregnant when you’re not?!?! WOW that’s a whole ‘nother issue! That is ridiculous!! But I think you got a lot of good suggestions here, and the clean diet one is a good one to stick with! =]

Post # 12
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94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I have had the same problem with the drinking issue. I’m about 5 weeks preggo right now and not ready to tell friends. We are still young and our group is comprised of social drinkers and it would definitely be obvious if I turned down drinks all night. We decided to just be sneaky. Diet 7-up/Sprite and ‘vodka’ in a red cup is an easy one. Unless someone is literally sampling your drink they’ll never know! Cranberry juice in a wine glass looks the same. I also bought NA beer and put it in a pint glass. No one would ever know the difference even if they tried it! Before I got KU I would order selzer water in a cocktail glass with a twist of lime when I needed a break but didn’t want to get hassled. It looks just like a vodka tonic! Also, saying you are Dirty Delete is a good way to avoid anyone getting too suspicious. I know it’s no ones business but close friends like to pry and this method works for us for the time being at least. Can’t wait until I can come clean and stop with the sneaking! Good luck : )

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

You can say that you’re training for a race, look up local races in your area to make it believable. Then if they start the “just have one with us, it won’t hurt, i trained before and could have one” then definitely use the liine “I choose not to because I find it easier if I just don’t have any. Wish I could though, you guys enjoy!” And of course if they follow up with you about the race, just say you didn’t register in time or something but you’re doing another one in 2 or 3 months.

Sometimes when I don’t feel like drinking I”ll let the waiter fill my wine glass and I”ll just kind of sip it a little. I’m not sure if doing that would be easier than announcing that you aren’t having any at all though, it depends on how hawk-like they are about your drinking.

You can also say you’re really tired or hungover. I’m not sure if you want to use the hangover excuse around your superiors though!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Since I instituted my rule of no drinking unless it’s my period, it works in that situation too. I like the idea of the cranberry and seltzer drinks.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t drink, but whenever someone is trying to push me to drink, I just say I’m not drinking for health reasons, and they have always left me alone.

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