The first two on this list can be hard. Sometimes we feel the need to explain ourselves. This is especially true early on in sobriety. As you get more confident these responses will be easier to say.
1. I don’t drink
This one is my favorite. I have said this more than once and each time it feels empowering. Simply stating the obvious is not only bad ass, it’s also a way to prove to yourself that it’s real. This statement exudes confidence in your sobriety.
2. No thank you
Enough said. Never feel like you need to follow it up with an excuse. “No” is a complete sentence. Adding the “thank you” is being polite.
If you are someone who feels like you need a reason to back up your decision I recommend saying “I’ll pass” followed by
3. I’m driving
4. I don’t want to have any regrets tomorrow
5. I don’t like feeling out of control
6. Hangovers are a bad look for me
7. Alcohol gives me violent diarrhea (or any other ailment you would like to insert)
At the end of the day it’s nobody’s business why you don’t drink. Honestly you should be asking them “Why are you drinking?” I say get creative and have fun with it. You’re sober, not dead.
Yours Truly Sober,