So, if you´re usually the one that is always up for a wine with your friends, doesn´t go to hockey training without having a cold beer on the terrace afterwards and generally are fan of a nice drink with dinner or on a terrace in the sun, keeping a beginning pregnancy a secret for said drinking buddies might be quite complicated (I realize I might sound like an alcoholic now, believe me, I am not. I just live in Spain and love me a good wine).
Of course, pretending that you´re not feeling good or are having antibiotics might get you out once or twice but not more than that without people beginning to suspect things. If their usual wine buddy suddenly isn´t drinking anymore, conclusions are quickly made. So, the key is to pretend you´re still wining whereas actually, you´re not.
It´s not easy, however, after keeping two beginning pregnancies a secret from my friends for those first weeks, I did figure out some tips and tricks so that it´s not the (lack of) alcohol that will give your secret away. All these strategies have been personally tested, some were more successful than others but they all worked ;).
Here we go, how to pretend you´re drinking when you´re actually not:
- Be the first to arrive and order drinks already
When you arrive first at the terrace where you´re meeting friends for some afternoon drinks or a celebration, you can already order the first round of drinks. Order yourself an alcohol-free beer but ask the bar tender to put it in the same glass as the normal beers of your friends so it all looks the same. You can pull the same trick with wine and grape juice. If you drink relatively fast you can make sure you finish first and also get the next round. After two rounds of drinking the same as your friends, they won´t suspect anything anymore so you can easily step over to water or juice. At parties, you can also be the one that collects the money and therefore gets all the rounds.
- Become good friends with the bar tender
This one is related but make sure you´re good friends with the bar tender so he can help in the scheme of pretending to drink alcohol. Your friends doing shots on their Dirty Thirty birthday party? He can make you a shot of Coca Cola instead of Jagermeister, or water instead of vodka. Or pour your grape juice in a wine glass.
- Make sure you have a wingman (wing woman)
Obviously, you´re not always the one ordering at the bar and things also get more complicated during dinner or sitting on a terrace. Here you need a wingman, this can be the future dad or one of your friends that you told your little secret to already. Everybody drinking Champaign before dinner for a special occasion? Make sure your wingman/woman sits in front of you and places the glasses close together (usually not an issue with a full dinner table) so that he or she can empty both glasses without people noticing. You just occasionally pretend to take a sip and that´s it. In restaurants, you can also take the opportunity of a restroom visit to talk to the waiter so that he can always serve you something alcohol-free when the whole table orders beer or whatever. And during parties when someone else got the shots or drinks, your wingman / woman can always take over and swop your glass with something alcohol-free. Partying friends won´t notice that when they are ordering drinks, wingman or wing woman sneaks to the other side of the bar to get a separate glass. So just pass your real shot or drink to some one around you and take the fake shot or drink to toast with the rest.
That´s it! Obviously, these strategies won´t work forever but they do give you a few weeks margin before you confess you actually haven´t been drinking for weeks ;).