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March 11 Dear Abby
Modified: April 10, 2013 at 3:35 pm •  Published: April 10, 2013
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Worrying about a publisher now is putting the cart before the horse. While it might be helpful for other teens to read, I promise you that even if the book isn't published, it will become a treasured time capsule containing the thoughts that were important to you during this formative period of your life. Some people your age start writing in diaries or journals and continue doing it throughout their lives.

DEAR ABBY: What is the correct response when asked at a doctor's office or hospital if you drink? I drink socially, maybe once a month. Should I say yes? If I do, I'm afraid it will imply that I drink more often.

I always end up feeling awkward and like I need to explain myself. I'm pretty proud telling them I don't smoke or do drugs, but the alcohol question always gets me. What do other people who drink on occasion usually say?

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DEAR FILLING: In my doctor's office I was asked that question, and my response was, “Yes, occasionally.” At that point, the follow-up question was, “How many drinks do you have a week?” Because this particular question makes you uncomfortable, mention to your physician that you indulge in alcohol only about once a month — which is practically negligible.

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