Unlike many of my contemporaries, I’ve started enjoying alcohol only in the last few years both in the house and out in public. Dealing this this kind of situation is new to me.
A few days ago, I attended a retirement brunch for two colleagues. The brunch started around 11:00 am and kept going till about 3:00-3:30 pm. ( This was attended by people who work in morning television. Everyone was finished with their work day by 11:00 am. )
One of the other folks in attendance is a fellow I taught many years ago. A completely professional warm well-humored fellow to know. I’ve worked by his side many times in the last few years.
As the drinks flowed and the truth serum aspect of alcohol emerged, this most heartfelt fellow insisted that he buy me yet one more round. " One and Done, for the man who gave me my career " and so on. Very sweet the first time it happened. But he kept at it and by the third " One more and Done, honest " he was pretty lit and I was telling him if I had another drink I’d get sick.
He was mortified and insulted, but not quite angry, that I was resisting the last last last round.
It didn’t get ugly. I relented, had another round I did not want, sipped it politely and the event folded up naturally. ( And this guy - incredibly - went off to do another shift of work elsewhere. Completely intoxicated. :rolleyes: But I digress. )
I need to figure out how to handle this guy when this happens again. I’m not responsible for his behavior. Had I been able to shut him down earlier, he’d have left in better shape and I would have left not feeling as though alcohol had been forced on me.
How do you handle it when someone pushes “just one more round” ?