your host. Once people get into the party mode they may be reluctant to take "No
thanks" for an answer, but you have your reasons. How do you turn down the offer
without seeming like a killjoy?
Decline Gracefully No, thank you. I’m ok, thanks. ect.
Decline and offer a polite excuse No, thank you, I don’t drink. Thanks but I’m on a diet.
Carry a decoy Ask for soda, or juice with ice. No one will know.
Keep busy Make conversation, take pictures, or try dancing.
Offer to be the designated driver I’ll be the designated driver, I’m feeling a little sick
Whichever you choose, don’t choose the alcohol. It has serious consequences.
Alcohol depresses your central nervous system. In some people, the initial reaction may
be stimulation. But as you continue to drink, you become sedated. Alcohol lowers your
inhibitions and affects your thoughts, emotions and judgment.
Too much alcohol affects your speech, muscle coordination and vital centers of your
brain. A heavy drinking binge may even cause a lifethreatening coma or death.
If you have problems with alcohol, you're more likely to also have problems with other
Excessive drinking can reduce your judgment skills and lower inhibitions, leading to
poor choices and dangerous situations or behaviors, such as:
● Motor vehicle accidents and other types of accidents
● Domestic problems
● Poor performance at work or school