There are many excellent reasons not to drink during the New Year, but sometimes they’re not enough to keep the hard-core partyers off your back.

These don’t need any explaining:

  • You are watching your weight — there are too many calories in alcohol.
  • You are pregnant.
  • You are on medication.
  • You are the designated driver.
  • You have to work early and don’t want to feel bad.
  • You hate hangovers.
  • You are in recovery.