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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.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    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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