I'm only 4wk+3 (very excited but anxious) but am about to hit a mountain of Christmas parties/drinks etc mainly linked to my job..
The first one is Thursday night, followed by a party with some friends on Friday night and then there's probably one a week until Christmas. I'm definitely not the type to usually abstain but obviously wont be drinking this year (subject to everything going well)..
So my question is.. how is everyone else managing this or does anyone have any top tips from past experience? Am worried I'll give the game away but it's far too early for me to let people know...
Or you could say you're on antibiotics and can't drink. Or just get something that looks like a mixer but is a soft drink. Or you could sneak in de-alcoholised wine - looks the same and tastes quite similar. If you're going with your other half, swap glasses for their nearly empty one so it looks like you've been drinking. Or even say that you're detoxing before X-mas - but you'll need to be convincing with what you eat as well ;)
Offer to be designated driver? Antibiotics will work once or twice too. And just make plans that need to happen very early the morning after so you're 'being sensible' 😂 Also just ask the bar staff to put your soft drink in whatever they would put a spirit and mixer in. When I worked in a bar I had a lady doing 'shots' all night - black Sambuca for her friends and a shot of coke for her 😂
I used to come up with an excuse to drive really early the next morning. Luckily I’d bought a new car about an hour away, so I’d complain that I had to take it back for a service (developed a recurring fault until I told people about my pregnancy).
Having to drive at 7am for me was a good enough excuse to drink only one (held but never finished)!
Either say you're the designated driver, or I agree with lovelyjubilly - take a glass and just hold it. Empty it down the sink whenever you go to the loo! And if you can order drinks for yourself, ask for a mocktail (they look identical to the real thing) or soda with lemon and ice and say it's a G&T.