Don’t Let It Be Awkward

My brother and I were chatting recently. He is someone well-aware of mine and my husband’s alcohol avoidance lifestyle. When he asked about my husband’s recent trip to New Orleans, I told him from what I heard it was great minus the one awkward encounter at a team dinner.

From the way my husband explained it, they were having a team dinner to have some more bonding time and one of my husband’s colleagues asked him if he wanted a draft beer from the bar because he was headed there himself. My husband simply answered, “No thanks. I don’t drink.” The colleague’s assumption was, ‘Oh, he doesn’t like draft beer,’ so he offered any other alternatives from the bar. My husband politely answered with, “No thanks. I don’t drink.”

Now while I’m retelling this story to my brother, he started going into a whole canned explanation his brother-in-Law should have given instead. “He should have told them that if her drank one beer he’d end up drinking 20 and there’s a good chance he’d up in Mexico doing God knows what!” My brother likes to deflect things with humor and outlandish stories he’s seen in the movies. I have to remind him that real life isn’t always like The Hangover.

Anyway, my point is that while it might seem fitting to explain yourself to your acquaintances while you don’t drink or why you can’t have just one, know that you don’t have to say anything other than, “No thanks. I don’t drink.” It’s as simple as that. It doesn’t have to be an awkward experience. 

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