People drink for a variety of different reasons at the onset. The majority do so simply to be social. For many of us this happens in high school or college. Its continued when we surround ourselves with fellow drinkers as we become adults. But the reasons we continue to drink go much deeper for each of us.
Depression and stress can be a large factor in our drinking habits. We drink to forget, to relieve mental anguish, to feel that temporary happiness found in the bottom of a bottle.
On the whole and in most cases drinking is just a daily habit like having a coffee at eleven or tea at five, maybe just an after dinner drink. Any habit like drinking is acceptable if it really is under control and will only become an issue when these habits become more and more frequent.
The real problem develops when you can no longer feel good when you are not drinking. If you have to drink in order to have a good time, it may be time to take a closer look to see if your habit has become an addiction.
When dealing with close friends and family, telling them that you're trying to refrain from drinking should be enough said. But its understandable one would not want to announce to everyone that they feel they have a problem with alcohol. In those situations, here are some handy 'excuses' you can give for not drinking.
I've got to drive later...I have an interview in the morning...I'm on medication...I'm just too full from dinner...My other half will kill me...I've still got some work to do tonight.
It really doesn't matter which reason you choose, the important thing is to not falter and not to be persuaded otherwise. If your buddy tries to bully you into just having one, then call it a night and find something else to do either on your own or with non drinkers.
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