It’s Okay to Say No
Posted by substanceabusepreventionund
Today, our society is greatly geared towards drinking, but there are many people that choose to not drink. Being a non-drinker in college can be hard due to constant pressure and hassle from friends and others. In turn, this is just a short clip of how those non-drinkers can get out of that sticky situation of pressure that they may encounter at a party.
1) Gracefully declining.
-It might just be as easy as saying “No thank you” to a friend. Remember saying no to drinking doesn’t make you lame.
2) Sometimes you might need a polite excuse that follows your graceful decline:
- I’m driving tonight- I’m DDing (Designated Driving).
- I have a huge test tomorrow.
- I have to work tomorrow.
- I have to get up early in the morning.
- No thank you, I’m good tonight. I don’t feel well.
- I drank too much last night.
- I’m just going to lay low tonight, thank you though.
- Hold that thought I have to go to the bathroom.
3) Even just focusing the conversation on the other person and responding by saying, “no thank you” but followed by an open ended question spins the conversation and the person won’t even question you why you’re not drinking.
4) In order to avoid anxiety, this is what you might need to understand and what might help:
- Realize that not everyone is into drinking all the time either.
- Try and avoid situations where drinking will occur if you don’t want to.
- Make other plans.
- Test your assertiveness.
- Be able to still have fun, don’t be the “party pooper.”
- Carry a decoy. You can always carry a soda in a different glass disguising it, and your friends won’t be tempted to ask you if you need a drink.
- Keep busy by taking pictures, socializing with more people, eating, have fun dancing, or even being the dj.
Posted on February 23, 2015, in Alcohol and Other Drugs, H&W Hub, Healthy UND/Healthy UND 2020, Social, Student Stories and tagged #iamhealthyund, #iamsafeund, alcohol. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.