Some people love taking shots, so this post's advice is useless. But for people who find themselves going with the group and taking shots when they wish they weren't. Here:
Why I hate shots:
I love drinking- but shots are pointless. If 3 drinks is all I want, and can handle, WHY would I make 1 or 2 of them shots?
Survey the Scene, Feel out your Peer Pressurers for what kind of Shot Escape you can use
I never order shots for myself- its normally ordered by a "friend"- or given for free by the bar (the worst kind) but you feel slightly obligated either way.
- First thing I do, is, if I am aware of the shots being ordered or offered I say simply that I don't want any. Or pretend I don't want any because I am too drunk. I earnestly say "I do not want any" and don't make a big deal about it.
This works about 20% of the time. Normally people are going to get you your shot anyway. Either they are alcoholics and want the shot themselves and really want you to make them feel less alcoholic by taking the shot with them. Or they don't believe you that you don't want the shot. Or they truly think that having shots will make the night more fun. Or they are a bartender who.... I can't understand why a bartender gives free shots- (except unfortunately sometime it DOES end in me buying more alcohol, though you would think the other way around.) Or they are a guy trying to get you drunk so he can take you away with him.
All bad reasons to take shots.
- 2nd thing I do is survey the scene. Sometimes its ok to just not take the shot. It depends on how crowded the surroundings are, it depends on who these friends are, it depends on who got the shots. Sometimes it really is ok to just not take the shot and give it to someone else or just let it sit there. There are no hard and fast rules for when this ok, except sometimes it just seems ok.
Sometimes, for reasons we cannot fully explain, it seems important that people think we are taking the shot. Sometimes it seems rude, or lame or whatever, to refuse even if you have already refused wanting one in the first place. So, in order to deceive and decept and fit in- you can do one of these three things:
Ways to Make it seem like you took the Shot
- Literally just dump it on the floor next to you while everyone is taking it.
- 2nd: pour it into an empty glass around you.
This is a viable option with many different and varying possibilities. Find a glass. Dump.
- #3rd option is a variation on #2. Actually take the shot into your mouth and then SPIT into another glass.
Yes, you soak in some alcohol when you hold it in your mouth for ten seconds, but its better than nothing.
I had already been forced to have a kamakaze- which I took into my mouth and spat into a glass.
So- when no one is looking with this blue stuff, I took a baby taste just so I knew what it tasted like- didn't even worry about deceiving anyone, and just dumped it in an empty glass next to me.
Nobody even cares.
Your necessary level of deceit will be clear to you in the situation.
The long and short of it is that its not a big deal and nobody really cares whether you take the shot or not. Sometimes you'll take the thing anyway.
Be true to you.
Over and out.