Date: 2016-09-07 10:07 am (UTC)
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If tea and coffee are so abhorrent to you, then asking for an alternative which may not occur to a lot of people (I'll sometimes forget to offer hot choc as it's so rare that someone doesn't want a tea/ herbal tea/ coffee/ decaf), is something you should do. If they have it, great, and if they don't have it they'll apologise and you can still ask for your glass of water.
I doubt any host ever would FORCE you to gag down a drink, if they knew you hated it so much, and making yourself drink something you hate is just silly.
It's normal as a host to assume acceptance of a tea-or-coffee warm beverage, so if it's not your thing, then you need to just say you really don't like it, and ask for something else- though they'd probably offer you alternative milo/ hot choc/ juice/ lemonade/ cola/ water once you decline the standard two, anyway... :-)

...and, if it's an 'immense relief' situation you find yourself in and wanting to flee, then maybe accepting anything at all in the first place isn't your best option. Just an "ah, no thanks, I can't stay, I have [invent thingo you have to go see to here]", and making a gracious exit, no need for stressing over refusals, acceptances, or stilted conversations, has worked for me.
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