In high school, there can be a decent amount of pressure to attend parties and sometimes drink or do drugs. Yes, you can certainly say no to attending the party and avoid the whole thing; however, in some cases you then become the topic of conversation, not at the party, but on Monday at school. That’s no fun. Not to mention that you want to hang out with your friends and be social, but don’t want to feel the pressure from others. Be proactive! I suggest coming up with a shortlist of responses that you can use when faced with peer pressure, so you aren’t ostracized for doing the right thing. Here, I started the list for you with a few and when stated confidently and honestly, will be respected by your peers. Trust me!
(These are related to the example of drinking at a party, but can also be applied to when being pressured to do drugs as well.)
- I can’t drink, I’m on medication/antibiotics.
- I can’t drink, I’m the designated driver.
- I can’t drink, I have practice in the morning (or a big game.)
- I can’t drink, I have to work in the morning and really need the money.
What would you add to the list?