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(p. 163) Alcohol and Drug Refusal Skills 

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date: 16 January 2021

When you are offered a drink or drugs, keep the following in mind:

  • Say “NO” quickly. Do not hesitate.

  • Your voice should be clear and firm.

  • Make direct eye contact.

  • Suggest an alternative:

    • Something else to do.

    • Something else to eat or drink.

  • Ask the person to stop offering you a drink and to not do so again.

  • Change the subject.

  • Avoid the use of vague answers or excuses (e.g., “Not right now” or “I’m driving tonight”).

  • Do not feel guilty about refusing to use. It’s a great thing, so feel good about it.

Practice Exercise

Listed below are some people who might offer you a drink in the future. Give some thought to how you will respond to them, and write your responses under each item.

  • Someone close to you who knows about your alcohol or drug problem:

  • Coworker:

  • Girlfriend/Boyfriend/Spouse:

  • New acquaintance:

  • Waitress/waiter/bartender: