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Someone not drinking alcohol? It’s none of your business.

Published by USA Today. Read the full article.

Hundreds of reasons can explain why someone chooses not to drink alcohol – but they don’t owe you an explanation.

For many, drinking booze is a fun social pastime. For others, it leads to destructive behaviors. Some choose sobriety because of medical conditions. Some don’t like the way alcohol makes them feel. People who are pregnant or trying to conceive may avoid imbibing as well.

Whatever the reasons, none of them are our business, says Trish Caldwell, senior vice president of clinical services with Recovery Centers of America, which provides addiction treatment services. “We don’t have to know the reasons why somebody is choosing to engage in a behavior that they find to be a part of their wellness practices to support them.”

Experts like Caldwell discussed why people should never ask someone about their sobriety – and how to respond if they do.

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