Q: Got a graceful way to handle an alcohol-pushing host?
Oz Says: High school's long over, so you'd think you wouldn't have to worry about getting goaded into drinking at a party. Sometimes adults seem stuck in the past, though, and you can still find yourself facing a booze pusher, says peer pressure expert Neil Bernstein, PhD. One thing's for sure: "If you've already passed on a drink and he keeps urging you to have one, it's not coming from a place of compassion," Bernstein says. It won't help for you to act apologetic (you've got nothing to apologize for) or cop a sanctimonious attitude (he'll probably just push harder). Try a light but firm response like "Really, thanks, but I'm driving tonight" or "I can't today. It's a health thing. You understand." Then change the subject.
This story originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.
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