21 December 2011
How to refuse a Christmas drink
During the socially fraught Christmas party season it's always advisable to have a legitimate-sounding reason to turn down a drink, but now the "I'm driving" ploy has been exposed (thank you, Medical Research Council, which conducted the study), what's needed are a few surefire excuses that will stop you getting served right away – no further questions asked:
"No thanks. I get really racist after a few drinks."
"Before I accept, I should warn you I brought a guitar with me."
"I love drinking, but it doesn't half make me vomit."
"Not for me, I have a flight to catch later on. No, I'm a pilot."
"I know I don't look it, but I'm only 15. It's a long and deeply disturbing story."
"A few more of these and I'll be ready to describe my unpublished novel to you!"
"Just the one – I left my tiny children home alone with nothing but an angry dog and a gas fire for company."
"I would, only I swallowed all these condoms full of drugs earlier."
"Well, it breaches the terms of my Asbo, but what the hell – it's Christmas!"
- Tim Dowling, Guardian, 15 December 2011