Man at His Best

5 Things To Say When Offered One Drink Too Many

When you’re approaching dangerous alcohol levels, here’s stuff to say in a pinch.

BY EDITORS | May 17, 2016 | Food & Drink

If the world were a perfect place, we wouldn’t be bogged down by things like having one drink too many. Unfortunately, we live in a world where overdrinking carries very real consequences such as hangovers, blackouts and embarrassment. For those who are well aware of your limits and have tried just about every trick in the book to get to that happy-but-not-sick drinking nirvana, another thing that might pop up frequently in your moderate drinking adventures is peer pressure. Yes, peer pressure, as you should already know, exists and extends far beyond your school days, albeit in more subtle forms such as at work farewell parties and bachelor night hurrahs. Here’s what to say when you’re put in a spot. 

1 | “I’m driving.” Ah, the designated driver privilege. Whether you really brought your ride along is of secondary importance. With Singapore’s legal drink-driving limit being 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood (0.08%), this is one reason that cannot be trifled with due to safety and legal issues.

2 | “I’ve hit my limit.” In this instance, honesty is the way to go. Telling it like it is will not only earn you respect for being seasoned and mature enough to know your drinking limit, but might also spark a cool conversation. Friends might get curious about how you’re doing this moderate drinking thing, and get onboard too. 

3 | “Later.” The evasive strategy for those of us loath to explaining why we are cutting down. We just want to have fun (without alienating those still in hardcore, drink-till-we-get-hammered land). By saying this, you’re not outright refusing one more drink. You’re merely postponing it to a later time. No one will remember that that time never comes.

4 | “I have a big day tomorrow.” Use only when necessary and possible. If you’re out hanging with the boys and they know that you’re the kind that never wakes up early on the weekends, this might not be the best thing to pull off on Friday night. Perfect though, for those corporate warriors where ‘tomorrow’ is always a big day. Pull off with a measured sigh of self-importance and you’re golden. 

5 | If all else fails, “No thanks.” No excuses, no fuel for debate on the ‘why’s and ‘how’s of your lessened intake of alcohol. Repeat if necessary and soon your company will be too busy having fun to really care how much (or how little) everyone is drinking.  

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