Drinking isn’t for everyone and that’s okay. So keeping this in mind we have decided to bring to you ways on how you can enjoy Freshers without the hangover!
If you tell your potential friends that you don’t drink when you meet them, or when it gets brought up, you can avoid the situation of being offered or bought alcoholic drinks. Telling your friends and acquaintances early means you can avoid feeling awkward about declining drinks, or feeling obliged to drink something that someone has bought for you.
If you don’t fancy getting into your reasons behind not drinking, then don’t!
By the time people start to notice, they'll probably have had a few drinks, and it's unlikely they'll remember when they’re nursing hangovers the next day. Once you've spent a bit more time with new friends, you might decide you feel comfortable explaining it to them at a later time.
These can be specifically non-drinking or sober events, or just activities which don’t usually include drinking. A couple of examples include quiz nights, coffee mornings, sporty activities and more.
If you fancy meeting others with similar interests to your own, escape the usual habit of heading to a club and join a society or two. Pick something you enjoy or something you've always wanted to explore, and you'll be able to have fun and meet new people without having to worry about being constantly surrounded with booze.
If necessary, don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself. If someone is badgering you to drink or is judging you, tell them you don't want to discuss it any further and that they need to respect your choices. Remember, you don't need to explain yourself or justify your decisions to anyone - just tell them to mind their own business!
It may feel hard if everyone around you is drinking, but try not to give into peer pressure. You'll spend a lot of time with your new friends, so make sure they're great ones! If someone makes you uncomfortable about your decision to not drink, or only ever wants to hang out if there's alcohol involved, consider whether they're the type of friend you need.
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