I enjoy an alcoholic drink on occasion, but I see and hear these behaviors much too frequently. Ask someone what they would like to drink and state the available choices, starting with soft drinks and ending with alcohol — then give them what they want and shut up! We all know better than assuming that everyone drinks alcohol and we need to do better for those who don’t. — Douglas
The new year is here, and with it came a big night for drinking. The holidays typically come with a lot of them, from Thanksgiving to boozy Secret Santa exchanges to New Years Eve, there are frequent opportunities to gather and make merry—most of them with gallons of alcohol.
It can be a fraught time if you’re sober or trying to limit your alcohol intake. With increased gatherings often comes increased pressure to drink, which, even if meant congenially, can make a non-drinking guest uneasy. But, according to the Washington Post, a full 30% of American adults don’t drink at all. So in the spirit of respecting people’s choices, privacy, and comfort, here are some things not to say when someone declines an adult beverage.