What can I drink at parties when others are drinking beer or alcohol?
I often order plain seltzer water or club soda out at a bar, and ask for a twist of lemon or lime. It looks just like a gin or vodka and tonic, and no one's the wiser. Plain cola or sprite would give the same effect.
At a party at someone's home, if there are mixed drinks available I do the same thing with the seltzer or tonic water. Generally some sort of mixer is available which can be drunk alone. Or ask for water! If your friends or co workers think it's odd, either hang out with different people or tell them you're on a medication which requires you to avoid alcohol. There are plenty (I'm on metformin and shouldn't drink, but I think more women take that than men so make it your fake drug of choice at your discretion) and a bit of research gets you a cast iron excuse.
For beer, I'm gluten intolerant so that's an excellent excuse. If you politely explain you can't have wheat, no one will press beer on you. And really, if you politely decline anything you're not likely to have a problem. As long as you don't berate your friends for drinking, they probably don't care whether or not you abstain!
you shouldn't worry about other people, I hate alcohol, people get stupid with few drinks, usually i order virgin pina colada, water with lemon, sprite with lemon,lemonade with sprite, etc....
Soda and bitters is classic, delicious and not super sugary like soda and juice. Tip well even if the bartender doesn't charge you. Also, at least around where I live, people take hiatuses from drinking often enough that it's fine to say that's what you're doing, and no one will assume you're a recovering alcoholic they need to tiptoe around. Nothing wrong with admitting that you're taking care of yourself. Most people probably won't even notice what you are or are not drinking unless you bring it up or you have to decline something they want to pour. "No thanks" works just as well here as it does in the rest of your life.
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