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America Has a Drinking Problem

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Learn about our editorial process Print It can be difficult to say no to alcohol for anyone, but it is especially hard for those who are quitting or cutting down on drinking. You can avoid places where drinks are served, up to a certain point. But, eventually, you may be offered a drink by someone you know, or in a public situation where you aren't familiar with everyone present. In these situations, you don't always want to explain your relationship with alcohol or the reason you choose not to drink, especially if you sense they may not understand. It can be helpful to have a casual, polite response to avoid being asked further questions, offending your host, feeling embarrassed, or exposing a personal story you aren't prepared to share. Some people who are quitting alcohol volunteer to be the designated driver for precisely this reason—they want to spend time with friends, but they don't want to drink. This response is also great role modeling for others and furthers the important message to sober behind the wheel. Anyone who pressures you to drink after you give this response isn't worth listening to.

Although from your local grocery store en route for the bank you visit every month, there are a large number of places where you can meet additional people. You have to apply so as to same mantra in your life after it comes to finding new friends. You may be surprised to appreciate that many of the places you go every day without even accepted wisdom about it are places where you can make new friends. Almost all other romance novel talks about the protagonist finding the love of their life in a cool bar they went to with their friends.

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