How Can I Avoid Drinking
You are at a party with your friends
and everyone is drinking alcohol. You
don't want to look like a baby and like you don't fit in if you
don't drink as well. Nobody likes to feel left out or rejected
by their peers.
If saying no to alcohol makes
you feel uncomfortable, one effective strategy is to blame your
parents or another adult for your refusal. Saying, "My parents
are coming to pick me up soon," or "I already got in
major trouble for drinking once, I can't do it again," can
make saying no a little bit easier.
You can also make sure that you
and your friends have plans to do something besides just hanging
out in someone's basement drinking beer. Plan a trip to the movies,
the mall, a concert, or a sports event - anything that gets you
out of the house and keeps you active and entertained. You might
also organize your friends into a volleyball, bowling, or softball
team - any activity that gets you moving.
Effects of Alcohol