22 Responses to Not Drinking

We really try and keep this website AA-centric and free of outside input…but, came across this blog post that might help folks new in sobriety respond in social situations….

  1. “You’re so uptight.” I may like to be in control, but just because I don’t want a beer doesn’t mean I can’t relax or don’t like fun.
  2. “Come on, live a little.” I am! Alcohol isn’t the only way to do so.
  3. “All I want is to see you drunk.” Sorry to crush your dreams, but that’s not soberdudemanhappening. And if that’s all you want in life, it’s time to aspire for more.
  4. “I’m going to get you to drink.” No, you’re not, the same way I’m not going to get you not to drink. People get to make their own decisions, and trying to change mine on alcohol will be a failed endeavor.
  5. “Is it for religious reasons?” Whether it is or isn’t, I don’t think my refusing a beer should prompt an interrogation on my lifestyle.
  6.  “How are you doing this right now sober?” You’re actually asking me how I’m talking to people at a party sober? Really? Surely you have too at some point. I don’t know when this became a feat.
  7. “You must think I’m such a mess.” No, I don’t think you are such a mess because you are drinking and I’m not.
  8. “Aren’t you curious?” No. If I were curious, I’d get myself a drink.
  9. “I will get you a drink!” Gee, thanks, but save your $10 or however much that overpriced cocktail is.
  10. “Do you think you’re better than us?” Alcohol’s a beverage, not a measure of moral superiority (or inferiority). So no, I just don’t want to drink.
  11. “You must hate being places where people are drunk.” If I hated being somewhere, I’d leave.
  12. “So what do you do then if you don’t drink?” The same thing you do minus a beer in hand: go to bar, clubs, parties, etc. You can still go out and party drinking water.
  13. “Don’t you feel like you’re missing out?” If I felt like I was missing out, I’d drink. Plus, you tell me stories of how hungover you are the next day, and it sounds pretty miserable, so I’m happy to pass on that.
  14. “How old are you? Are you even 21?” It’s flattering you think I look young, but yes, my ID does say I’m over 21, and yes, it’s real. And if high school parties are any indicator, drinking isn’t all too revealing of age anyway.
  15. “What? Are you scared of it?” I’m just not interested actually, but it’s scary how intense your pressuring is getting.
  16. “Oh, we didn’t invite you because you don’t drink and we thought you’d be bored.” That’s pretty harsh and untrue. If I felt that way, I wouldn’t come, but I actually wanted to see you because you’re my friends (so act like them).
  17. “Your not drinking makes it hard for me to relate to you.” Try to get to know me, and I’m pretty sure you’d relate somewhere.
  18. “You must have so much dirt on everyone, watching us sober.” Of course, my favorite hobby is to collect blackmail and is the sole reason I don’t drink. Actually, I’m not judging. Please stop judging me.
  19. “You must be so against this stuff.” Just because I don’t want to have a drink doesn’t means I’m against alcohol entirely and think it’s the worst thing. It’s wonderful for people who enjoy it. I just happen not to.
  20. “I don’t drink that much usually! Really!” You don’t have to justify your drinking to me just because I’m not.
  21. “But really, why don’t you? Won’t you? Please?” You can keep asking, but the answer is going to remain no. I’m just going to get more annoyed when you say it.
  22. “Don’t be lame!” Oh no! The threat of being uncool! Grab me five shots pronto! (But really don’t.)



Heads Up Atlanta!

The 2015 International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous will be held July 2 – 5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia with the theme “80 Years – Happy, Joyous and Free.”  A.A. members and guests from around the world will celebrate A.A.’s 80th year at this event with big meetings held Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday morning in the Georgia Dome.  Other meetings, scheduled or informal, will take place throughout the weekend in the Georgia World Congress Center and local hotels.int_conv_2015_logo

We know many are excited about the International Convention and eager for detailed information.  As the time gets closer, additional information about the Convention and Atlanta, our host city, will be provided.

This Web site will be updated as more information becomes available.  Also, watch for articles in Box 4-5-9 that is mailed to the general service representative of every group in the U.S. and Canada listed with G.S.O. and is also posted on the Web site.

Convention registration and housing reservations will open in fall 2014.  All necessary information will be included in the registration packet which will be available in September 2014.  This packet will list numbers to call for answers to specific questions about housing, the program, etc.  The information will be mailed to A.A. groups, offices and contacts around the world and posted on the Web site.


Always ChangeIf you have visited the Las Vegas Central Office website in the past, you might have noticed we have gone through a recent update.  We (webmaster) have been working on this revision for the past six months and primarily the goals were to make the website more mobile and tablet friendly and also make it more visually enhanced through mapping for people to find meetings as needed.  We are actually still manually entering all the meetings per the schedule and we don’t doubt there will be some needed corrections.

Please use this form: http://www.lvcentraloffice.org/meetings/submit-meeting-changes/ to submit and changes and please refer to this page for the printed and most current meeting schedule: http://www.lvcentraloffice.org/meetings/printable-schedule/ .  As always, if you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to call the HOTLINE: (702) 598-1888.


The Green Valley Club is closing today and moving to a new location.  The existing meetings have been removed from online schedule for the time being until they let us know what is going on.