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Tribal Colleges and Universities Behavior Wellness BASICS Adaptation: What are some reasons not to drink

Some Diné people decide not to drink. It may be because of cultural reasons, bad experiences, or just because they don’t want to drink. Choosing not to drink is called abstinence.

By choosing this way of life , we reduce our risk of harm from alcohol.

Who should avoid alcohol completely:


  • If you plan to drive a vehicle or operate machinery

  • If you take medications that interact with alcohol

  • If you have a medical condition that alcohol can aggravate

  • If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant

Have you ever considered abstaining from alcohol? What are some factors that would reduce your alcohol consumption?