I haven't had an alcoholic drink in a long time.
And, honestly, people don't care.
In the beginning, I was worried about what they'd think (the ominous "they", or "people") and would give reasons like
- I'm driving
- I'm not feeling well
- I'm on meds
- Watching my diet
- Getting healthier
which all were more or less true but made a bigger deal out of it than it had to be. People would worry about me, ask more questions and as I was so quick to explain, some thought I was pregnant.
Then, after I'd told those who needed to know the actual reason (I had realized my consumption was not good for me and was now sober), I noticed that people other than dear friends and family really did not care. Now I go with:
"Oh, I'd love a water/juice/coke/tea/coffee"
"Something non-alcoholic would be great" if I don't know what they have.
Nobody's given me grief so far.