Tis’ the season to assert yourself when boozy blowhards pressure you to imbibe. “Know your ‘no’, says addiction expert Mark Wallenbring, M.D., founder of Alltyr.com (“Addiction Treatment for the 21st Century”). And practice it!
Visualize yourself enjoying yourself through a party and then leaving—just like an Olympic athlete visualizing the perfect dive.
Rehearse what to say when someone offers a drink. “Have a stock phrase that’s short and doesn’t invite further conversation, like, ‘No thanks, I’m trying to get healthy’ or “No thanks, I’m just laying off for a while'” says Dr. Willenbring.
Finally, rehearse your escape in your mind. “Leaving is always better than drinking.”
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