For a variety of personal reasons, I've recently made the conscious decision to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages. I am in my mid 20's and often find myself socializing in bars. Lots of times, I am networking or meeting clients for work outside of the office setting, but I feel like I get drunk very quickly and instead of this helping me, it winds up hurting me.
Also, I happen look very young for my age, and I am worried that people will think I'm not drinking because I'm not old enough. Since I am trying to build career related contacts, I feel it is important to fit in too. I am wondering if you have any suggestion for non-alcoholic drinks that are still sophisticated looking? Sober Sabrina
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Dear Sober Sabrina
I commend you for taking the initiative for leading a healthy life style. Bars are a popular place to network, so I understand your desire to fit in. Although you look young for your age, I am sure your peers will assume you're legal once they strike up a conversation with you.
Two good safe drinks to hold in your hand while schmoozing are: soda water with lime or cranberry juice. Those are two popular alcoholic beverages that can be made virgin, and I would suggest staying away from fruity blended drinks.
Although you don't want to stand out as the kid in the corner that doesn't drink, you shouldn't be ashamed for staying sober. If people ask you questions, be honest and confident; I am sure you will gain nothing but respect.