Simply say NO – Any time others who are around you are drinking, there’s not any rule saying that you have to drink either. Do not be afraid to say no and don’t come to feel compelled to drink because somebody presents you with an alcoholic beverage. If specific people present a tough time for not drinking alcohol, then just stay away from these individuals.
The twelfth step of AA teaches members to carry the message of alcoholics anonymous to other alcoholics. In this case “the message” is simple, but powerful. If you are an alcoholic, and are willing to follow some simple guidelines, you don’t have to drink ever again.
More commonly though, members describe a more gradual spiritual awakening. By spending time learning to think of others first and rely on God’s will, rather than their own will, they become more spiritual and less worldly.
Grab the keys: A person will not drive if he or she cannot find his or her keys. Picking up a vehicle the next day is much more convenient than dealing with a wrecked vehicle and injured people.
The traffic committee recently changed laws about getting pulled over while drunk driving. The fines have been raised and there is little to no tolerance for repeat offenders. In most states, those issues DUI’s have a yellow license plate signaling to everyone that they were a drunk driver. This not only makes that person think twice because cops will be more suspicious of them but also, everyone will know what they have done. Embarrassment is one of the most effective tools to keep people from making bad choices.
A: Your husband’s lying about his drinking problem is very common. Understand that his lying does not mean he does not respect you enough to tell you the truth. Rather, he is lying to himself as much as anything else. You need to continue bringing up his problem to him until he can admit that there is a problem.
Drinking alone can exacerbate these feelings of loneliness. In fact drinking tends to amplify the mood you were in before you picked up the first drink. These feelings of loneliness can lead to picking up and calling people you know on the phone, announcing to the world that you’re drunk, or worse, may lead you to get in the car and either just take a drive or go visiting. Under some circumstances you don’t even have to leave the house to damage your reputation.