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Saying No to Alcohol and Drugs - Topic Overview

Alcohol is part of many traditions and is often served at parties and other functions. And although many drugs are illegal or legal only with a prescription, people may offer them to you.

If you're in a situation where someone is offering you alcohol or drugs, try this:

  • Look the person in the eye.
  • In a firm voice, tell the person you don't want to drink or use drugs. Say something like:
    • "No, I'm sorry, but I don't use...."
    • "No, I'm really trying to stay clean."
    • "No, I'm trying to cut back."
  • Give a reason why you don't want to drink or use drugs. Say something like:
    • "It's bad for my health."
    • "I could lose my housing."
    • "I have trouble when I use...."
  • Ask the person not to ask you to drink or use drugs again. Say something like:
    • "Hey, I said I'm trying to stay clean, so don't ask me again."
    • "I told you I don't use anymore, so stop asking."
    • "I'm trying really hard to stay clean, so please don't ask me to use anymore."
  • If you notice that someone does have drugs, leave the area.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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