-thing + that or without?

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Everything I said was true - Everything that I said was true
It's something you can drink - It's something that you can drink

So, is it really necessary to add "that" to every sentence with a word that contains the word "thing"? At least that's what my English teacher claimed. However, I feel like I've really missed something as I've always thought it's more fluent not to use the word "that" too often.

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