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Planning a client dinner meeting where I’ll be five weeks pregnant. What tactics can I use to avoid drinking? Thinking of tipping the waiter to ask for “vodka sodas” that are just water. Other tips??

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I used to tell people I had taken allergy medication earlier in the day and it wouldn’t mix well with alcohol. No one ever questioned why I wasn’t drinking alcohol after that and it was a one minute conversation and people moved on.

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Tell the client you have been feeling a bit under the weather and alcohol has been upsetting your stomach. Better than the charade of even pouring a glass. Or you could say since you have to be up so early that you want to make sure you are fresh for the morning. Or you could say you over did it on the weekend so decided to detox during the week

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If you are sharing a bottle, it is easy. I asked for a smaller pour from waiter and fake sipped it. No one is paying attention and they may think it’s being refilled

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If your in Paris it’s even easier! “Ive had too many croissants and my pants are getting a bit tight” 😜

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“I’m trying to watch and it’s always easiest cut liquid calories first"

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What Booz Allen said. You are not obligated to drink. Just make an excuse like you took some medication or you have been feeling under the weather and want to make sure it doesn't become full blown.

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I used to say that I had a bit of a headache and didn’t want to exacerbate it and go full migraine.

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One option I’ve used ... 1. Get there early and get a glass of soda water from the bar and claim that it’s a gin and tonic...and slowly sip through the dinner

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I just told friends that i was cutting out alcohol for a little bit to be a little healthier

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Tiny sips are the easiest way to fake it. No one will notice or question you only having 1/4 of your glass of wine (and that tiny amount of alcohol is inconsequential)

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The vodka soda plan sounds complicated to execute. Just order one glass of wine and sip it slowly. Unless she's someone you regularly drink a lot with, she won't suspect.

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Tell them you’re doing a version of Whole30

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If you were in CA this would not be a question. No one would bat an eyelash if you asked for something different or non-alcoholic. 😎

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I had a huge client dinner when I was about six weeks. I had them pour me a glass of white wine that I periodically pretended to sip. No one noticed. You’d be surprised how oblivious people are... you think they are noticing your actions but they rarely are :)

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I loved a virgin mojito!

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That’s a great idea, I’ll keep that in mind for future meetings - For this one I should have specified that it’ll be just me and the client. She’s savvy, too. 😒

We’re going to be in Paris! 😆 Saying no to wine is scandalous, even when pregnant! Thank you all for your advice!

Medication always works - “just took antibiotics"

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