Situation: my colleagues want to go out for a drink. I don’t drink alkohol for health reasons. How can I still come with them and don’t look strange drinking Coke while they order expensive wine? What can I say not to be embarassed and still to show respect to the group? In Germany, drinking together is seen a sign of mutual respect, so not drinking looks pretty awkward. How can you say “no” to alkohol and “yes” to being the member of the group? The problem is that saying about health or personal reasons for not drinking is seen as a weakness or egoism.