Not quite a teetotaller

Dear Queenie,

  What do you say when someone, especially a doctor or other healthcare worker, asks you if you drink, meaning alcohol? I drink a glass of wine sometimes at a ceremonial meal, but if I just say “yes” they might think I’m a regular drunkard.

  So, Queenie, what do I tell them? And what do I put down for that question when I’m filling out a form?—Not quite a teetotaller

Dear Not quite a teetotaller,

  If someone asks you this question in person, tell them “Occasionally,” or “Yes, but very rarely and very little,” or even go into a little more detail about how often and how much. When filling out a form, you can check the “yes” box and write in one of these modifiers.