10 Ways of Refusing Alcohol In Social Environments

10 Ways of Refusing Alcohol In Social Environments

One of the most difficult things about not drinking alcohol is the fact that you are likely to experience quite a bit of peer pressure. This is especially the case if you were the type of get the shots in at the bar on the weekend! You will often find that your friends try to tempt you with a drink. If they don’t let up, you can find yourself giving in and having a beer or another type of alcoholic beverage. So, how do you master the art of refusing alcohol? This is a key skill you are going to need to learn if you are to be successful and stick to your detox, and here are ten different methods to help you do so…



  • Offer to be the designated driver – This is one of the most effective methods for refusing alcohol and ensuring no one tempts you with it throughout the evening. Of course, you are not going to be able to rely on this option all of the time. However, it can come in handy. By offering to drive everyone, you are going to save your friends the hassle and expense of needing to organise a taxi, and so you can be sure that they are not going to pressure you into trying to have an alcoholic drink.
  • Avoid pressure situations – Of course, you should not have to spend your life avoiding certain situations. Nevertheless, in the beginning, especially, you may find that it is better to avoid situations whereby it is likely that you are going to experience peer pressure. You may feel bad if you turn down an invitation or do not go to an event but it is not going to be this way forever and sometimes you need to put yourself first. 
  • Don’t hesitate to say ‘no’ – It is important to make sure that you are very assertive when you decline an alcoholic drink. If there is any hesitation in your voice, people will assume that you do not really want to refuse an alcoholic beverage, and so they will keep trying to tempt you with one, which is only going to make it even more difficult.
  • Know what sort of non-alcoholic beverages you like – There are so many great drinks available today that do not contain alcohol. Bars and pubs all over the country have worked hard to ensure that there are better offers for people who do not want to drink. Mocktails are versions of popular alcoholic cocktails, without the alcohol. You can also get non-alcoholic wine, beer, and cider. There are more options than ever before, so have a good idea of what you would like to order. 
  • Say you need to avoid alcohol for a certain reason – This could be anything from avoiding alcohol to lose weight to staying away from it because you are thinking about entering a marathon. With an answer like this, no one will be able to dispute what you are saying and it should end the discussion then and there.
  • Have a drink in hand – Having a non-alcoholic beverage in hand is a wise move because you are participating and, therefore, it is less likely that anyone is going to ask you whether you need another drink. 
  • Don’t feel the need to explain yourself – You should not feel the need to justify your actions. You are not doing anything wrong by staying away from alcohol. If someone you do not know asks why you’re not drinking, just say you don’t drink alcohol – case closed. You do not need to provide this person with an elaborate answer.
  • Practice saying ‘no’ – When you have a presentation or you have a meeting with someone important, practising can hep. It makes you feel more confident and assertive in what you are saying. So, why not practice saying ‘no’ at home so that you can have this attitude when dealing with anyone who is trying to get you to drink? 
  • Plan an escape – It is also always good to have an idea for an escape from an event or a situation if you need one. This could be because the temptation is getting too great. Or, it could simply be because you are no longer enjoying yourself because it seems that your non-drinking ways are the subject of discussion too much for your liking. By creating an escape, whether from a social dynamic or an event altogether, you will feel more at ease because you will know what to do if things start to take a turn for the worse.
  • Talk with the person who just won’t take no for an answer – Last but not least, if you find that one of your friends simply will not respect your decision to quit drinking, speak to him or her. Explain to them that it is very important to you and that they are only making it more difficult. Explain that you know their intentions are not bad but you really want to succeed on your alcohol-free journey and so you would rather they supported you than kept trying to get you to miss out on your objectives. Once they realise how much this matters to you, it is likely that they will be apologetic and more supportive. 



So there you have it: ten of the different ways that you can go about refusing alcohol. If you follow the suggestions that have been mentioned above, you will find it a lot easier to say no to alcohol (Read also: How to stop drinking). While it can be difficult at first, as everyone will be offering you alcoholic drinks, you will soon find that it will get easier and easier. People will realise that you are serious about your quest to quit drinking and so they will respect your decision and stop offering you alcohol. You simply need to find a way to tough it out during the first few weeks or months, and hopefully, the tips that have been provided can assist with this.



Dipesh / 12th September 2019/ Posted in: Latest News


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    Detoxification (detox) is the medical intervention required for someone who is physically dependent to drugs or alcohol. If required, medical detoxification would be the first step taken in residential rehab. Detox is used to prevent uncomfortable and dangerous (even fatal) withdrawals symptoms resulting in suddenly becoming abstinent from alcohol/certain drugs.

    The goal of a medical detox is to aid in the physical healing required following long term addiction and rid the body of all together of substance whilst providing a cushion for unpleasant symptoms of withdrawals. Detox is not considered the whole treatment for drug/alcohol addiction and it is always recommended that a comprehensive rehabilitation program is used along side to help maintain long term abstinence.

    Medication is often required for alcohol detox. If you are dependent on alcohol and experiencing withdrawal symptoms it is vitally important to seek medical advice prior to stopping. There is a long list of medications used when treating alcohol addiction and the exact medication given to an individual will depend on their needs/medical history. Some of these include;

    • Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
    • Lorazepam (Ativan)
    • Diazapam (vailium)

    Librium and Valium are the most commonly used detox medication in the UK. All medication used to help with alcohol detox have been proven to help reduce the effects of withdrawal symptoms.

    There are also a number of drugs recombined by the NHS to help treat alcohol misuse. Some of these include:

    • Naltrexone
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    • Acamprosate (campral)

    Medication is always required for heroin detox. For someone suffering from heroin addiction, the thought of detoxification (detox) can be exceptionally daunting. Withdrawal symptoms from opiates, such as heroin, can be severe and include pain, vomiting, nausea and shaking.

    There are different ways that heroin detox can be carried out, most usually either ‘maintenance therapy’ or ‘full medical detox’.

    Attempting to switch from heroin to a heroin substitute, usually on a controlled prescription, is known as Maintenance therapy. Subsites used are most often methadone or buprenorphine.

    A full medical detox from heroin will always be carried out in a residential rehab setting and will allow the individual to switch form heroin to a substitute and slowly withdraw completing treatment free of all substances. Someone using a heroin substitute can choose to have a full medical detox at any time, however detoxing substances such a methadone can often add to the length of detox required. Drugs most commonly used to fully detox from heroin are, Subutex, Suboxone and Methadone. Much like alcohol, the exact drugs used will be dependent on the individuals needs/medical history.

    Once detoxed from heroin the risk of overdose is much higher following relapse due to tolerance following withdrawal.

    The length of treatment in a residential rehab depends on a number of elements. Some substances require longer periods of detox than others.

    Private paying patients will also often choose a length of stay that suites their therapeutic and financial needs. As a rule, a full treatment program in a rehab is considered to be 28 days (often referred to as a month), however, treatment is offered in several different ways and lengths starting at 7 days.

    Treating alcohol addiction will always require a minimum of 7-10 days, this would be considered the detoxification (detox) faze. The length required for treating drug addiction can vary drastically depending on the substance being used. Detox for Heroin addiction is generally around 14 days minimum, with more time required if substances such a methadone are being used. Treating prescription drug addiction can often take the longest. The time required for treating gambling addiction, eating disorders and sex addiction will be based on the individuals needs.

    Rehab programs can be as long as an individual requires but primary treatment is normally caped at 12 weeks, with the offering for further secondary and tertiary treatment thereafter.

    *based on average rehab stays, everyone will vary dependant on needs and medical requirement/history.

    There is no need for your employer to know that you are seeking help for trauma and addiction unless you choose to involve them with the process. All employers should have a policy that explains what you do if you cannot come to work due to illness – illness to include treating alcohol addiction/treating drug addiction.

    If your work absence extends over 7 days your employer is likely to require an official statement of fitness to work which would be obtained from your GP. This would need to supply evidence of your illness as well as any adjustments required for returning to work, fazed return or reduced hours, but does not need to specify in detail the reason why you have been absent.

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    Any time longer than 7 days it is likely an employer will require a note from the individuals GP certifying their sickness and a fit note on return. Most companies have a clearly outlined policy on sickness and receiving sick pay so the exact requirement can vary. A rehab will always be willing to advise on time off work.

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    There are free options available on the NHS but the waitlist of those looking for free treatment is longer than that for privately paying patients. Some private health insurance policies will cover treatment in some rehabs around the country.

    Choosing the right rehab centre will often be based on priced but it is important to follow guidance on the most suitable treatment centre for an individual’s needs which our expert team of advisers are on hand to offer.

    There are certainly pro’s for both treatment near by and traveling for treatment with one of the most asked question being should I get rehab near me? There are rehabs all over the UK and around the world that all offer expert programs, let’s look at how to choose a rehab.

    Local treatment

    Being close to home gives certainly has benefits. Visitors are normally permitted in rehab following the first 7 days stay, therefore if an individual is in treatment for a length of time longer than that being local will make it easier for loved ones to visit.

    Most rehab centres will also provide a full aftercare plan for someone following treatment, this will include ongoing aftercare in the specific treatment centre. Living close by can make it easy to take full advantage of ongoing aftercare. There can also often be the option for ongoing care with an individual therapist, again being close by will allow that treatment to be carried out face to face.

    Some individuals wish to be local but are willing to look broader, for instance the greater city of residence (London, Manchester, Liverpool, etc)

    Treatment Away

    Getting treatment away from home can be very appealing to some. Being out of the local area makes it a lot harder to just walk out of treatment as resources locally are unknown. Some also take comfort in knowing that they are not near home and focus more on treatment.

    As the price for treatment can vary so much from one residential treatment centre to another, private paying patients often would rather travel to keep the cost down. Those using private health insurance may also have to travel to find a treatment centre covered in their policy.

    When opting for treatment away from home this can be anywhere in the UK and also abroad. Aftercare can still be carried out and very successful using tools such as The Online Rehab.

    There is no right or wrong when choosing where to go to residential rehab, but our expert advisors are always on hand to help provide information on all possible options.

    Whilst millions of people in the UK have taken recreational drugs (amphetamine, cannabis, cocaine, crack, crystal meth, GHB, heron, ketamine, methadone, and prescription drugs) and drank alcohol not all become ‘addicted’. Most recent reports show that 279,793 individuals were in contact with drug and alcohol misuse services in the last year with over half of that being from opiate addiction and a quarter for alcohol.

    There are several risk factors invoiced in addiction and those using drugs and alcohol socially, simply take the risk. These risks are as follows;

    Tolerance – basically, if a substance is used repeatedly an individual’s tolerance to it will build. This will result in more of the same substance being required to get the same effect. In the long run this can easily lead to addiction and physical dependencies.

    Environmental risks – these can include influences such a peer pressure and stress as well as physical or mental abuse of an individual (particularly as a child). Overall, those who live with frequent pressures and stress are more likely to reach for a substance to cope and are therefore at higher risk of becoming addicted.

    Drug type – it is very well known that certain drugs are simply more addictive than others. Using substances such as heroin increases the risk of becoming addicted for need to ‘chase’ a high as well as physical dependency.

    Drug administration – how a drug is administered can affect its addictive qualities. A drug injected rather than smoked or snorted will release a quicker and more intense high thus making it psychologically (and in many cases physically) more addictive.

    Biological factors – it is now widely reported that being an addict is not only psychological but also biological. This includes your genetic makeup, mental health, sex and age. It is also reported to be 8 times more likely for the child of an addict to become an addict themselves.

    Its believed that addiction is approximately half genetics and therefore some are 50% more likely to become addicted than others.

    How do you help a loved one trapped in addiction?

    The first step is to help and encourage the individual to become willing to accept help. They do not need to be shouting this off the rooftops, but they do need to be willing to go into treatment. There are ways to help someone become willing to get treatment for alcohol or treatment for drugs.

    Set boundaries – set boundaries and stick to them. Once you have laid them out follow through with whatever consequences you have set however hard it is.

    Stop finances – if you are financially supporting someone stopping these finances can be the quickest way for the addict needing to ask for help. With no money to acquire a substance an addict’s options become very limited.

    Intervention – getting together with other family members/friends/colleagues and staging an intervention is often very successful in the fist stage of acceptance and gaining an admission to residential rehab.

    You can’t make them quit, this can lead to dangerous withdrawal. Boundaries are very important in helping someone become willing to get help. Unfortunately you cannot do someone’s recovery for them and without self-motivation it is very hard to make it work.

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