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October 8, 2013 4:00 PM

Dealing with guests who don’t drink

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When offering a drink to a guest, what is the response to the reply, “I don’t drink,” or “My religion forbids alcohol”? Of course I would offer a soft drink as an alternative, but would it be impolite to drink alcohol myself? Should I ask if it would make them uncomfortable, or just avoid the issue and settle for water?

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