Supposedly refusing a shot drink in Russia is bad etiquette! 

I just watched a YouTube video where in Russia it is not good etiquette to refuse a shot drink, such as vodka. I know a lot of people that do not drink alcohol at all due to their relationship with Christ or another deity, plus those that do not drink because they are attempting to become sober and don’t want to re-open a life of alcoholism. Is there a way out especially for those who do not want to drink because they have struggled with it in the past? I heard that Russians do not see one shot as any big deal, however I know that there are some people that if they try that one shot, it could be catastrophic for them. What should be done in that instance?

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