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We live in a society where alcohol’s presence is everywhere. There will be moments where other people try to make another person drink through various pressures. Here are some advices to help you avoid being peer pressure into drinking:

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  • Just say no. If a person walks up to you and offer a drink, don’t say yes automatically. Reject their offer and express that you don’t want to drink, period. Saying no at the beginning will save you rather than saying no later. If people see that you are easy to boss and be pushed around, they’ll make sure that you drink till you’re blacked out.
  • Walk away and avoid. The best solution is to avoid drunk people or people who are drinking in general. They’ll think that you’re bored or that you need to ‘drink to have fun’ so it’s best to avoid them.
  • Stand your ground and defend if you have to. Some people relentlessly follow you and don’t know when to stop. So make sure you can voice your opinion and reasons so that they won’t walk over you. For example, phrases like : “I will not drink so you need to stop it”, “I’m not here to get drunk”, “Stop trying to peer pressure me”, and “Excuse me, I’m going to use the bathroom”.
  • Don’t attend any event with alcohol involved. If you know there will be alcohol involved then just don’t go. You’ll be walking straight into annoying people and being peer pressure. If you didn’t know there was going to be alcohol involved then leave if you have to or find a space where you can avoid it.
  • Don’t let people guilt you into anything! If your friend, a relative, or someone close tries to play the guilt card, it’s best to reject them no matter what. Remember just because it’s somebody you know, doesn’t mean they get to influence you into something you don’t want to do.
  • Use your brain, have the confidence, and use your voice. If you are not confident in whatever you may say, people aren’t going to get that across. So make sure that you are able to confront people.
  • Don’t offer to be that ‘friend who is the sober driver’. It will save you less time for trouble! Besides, do you really want to drive around with a bunch of drunk people in the car?

In conclusion, don’t let other people’s decisions influence yours. No matter if it’s a stranger, friend, family, or relative, they don’t get to walk over you. So just be careful in your situations/decisions and avoid alcohol.

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As someone who rarely drinks, this is what I’ve concluded about drinking culture: There is always an occasion for alcohol. If you are celebrating: drink. If you are mourning: drink. When you’re happy, alcohol will make you happier. When you’re sad, alcohol will make you happier. When you’re angry, alcohol will make your anger feel more justified. When you’ve acted on your justified anger and murdered the person who wronged you, alcohol will make you feel less guilty about it.

by Diana Lu

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Alcohol Poetry 5

How can you get drunk

An alcoholic

Isn’t our love symbolic?

If I open the door

My eyes will be darkened like sin

Slowly my oxygen is sucked out

Alcohol Poetry 7

The alcohol gives you uncontrollable control

And every night you come home

I am harassed….

Put into a glass for you to drink

Go away!  Don’t open the door!  Please don’t!

Alcohol Poetry 6

Every sip of gin you binge I cringe

I am slowly being hurt

Look out!!! Red alert!!!

When you drink I sink

Your judgment is impaired

It seems you don’t even care

If you did, then you’d think twice

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Alcohol Poetry 3

Dumb

Drivers drive drunk

Driving while drunk does

Drive dreams dead

Desperate

Drinkers don’t succeed…..

Dead dreamers die dumb

Alcohol Poetry 4


I’m relaxing with some friends

Down one drink

My cheeks are flushed

Starting with my second drink

My eyes are becoming hard to  open

Done with my second drink

I can no longer get up, my legs are becoming unstable

My third drink is half done

I don’t know who’s next to me

I’m going to my fourth

I’m getting really sleepy

I’m sure this is my fifth

My heart is beating fast…..and loud

Could this be my sixth or seventh drink?

It’s getting harder and harder to breathe while my eyes

Are closing tightly

I can’t breathe …….

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Alcohol Poetry 1

An addictive drink that you long for every cold night

Only hopping it will help you with your other problems

And just living a big fat alcoholic life that leads to a big LIE

Alcohol Poetry 2

You think life is depressing

Everyday you drink

You don’t even think of how your family and friends feel

When they see you get wasted

You worry that your wife might leave you

She’s sick and tired of always wasting money on bailing you out of jail for DUI

I bet while you were worried about yourself

You didn’t even notice your two sons, Wang and Tou and your precious daughter, Ni

All wondering what happened to their father and their mother

Too ashamed to tell the truth that you were an alcoholic and died

Because you got wasted at your 9th anniversary party

Think, don’t drink

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M- TEEN_DRINKING

How does alcohol affect youth’s physical body?

  • damage the brain because the brain is still developing till the twenties
  • damage liver or remove liver cells when more alcohol is induced more than the liver can processed
  • unable to effectively walk, talk, see, and concentrate
  • hangovers and puking because your body needs to get rid of the alcohol
  • possibly death/hospitalization/injury
  • sexual risk of sexual assaults

How does alcohol affect youth’s behavior?

  • changing attitude towards life, family, school, friends, etc.
  • making bad/quick decisions and judgements

Why do youths drink?

  • Peer Pressure/Popularity/Fitting in
  • Stress
  • Curiosity
  • Alcoholic family/friends/personal history
  • Media/society influence

What part of alcohol use does it contribute to?

  • Crimes
  • Death
  • DUI
  • Health related problems
  • Intelligence/memory loss
  • Alcoholism

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A party Mom…

I went to a party,

And remembered what you said.

You told me not to drink, Mom,

so I had a sprite instead.

I felt proud of myself,

The way you said I would,

that I didn’t drink and drive,

though some friends said I should.

I made a healthy choice,

And your advice to me was right.

The party finally ended,

and the kids drove out of sight.

I got into my car,

Sure to get home in one piece.

I never knew what was coming, Mom,

something I expected least.

Now I’m lying on the pavement,

And I hear the policeman say,

the kid that caused this wreck was drunk,

Mom, his voice seems far away.

My own blood’s all around me,

As I try hard not to cry.

I can hear the paramedic say,

this girl is going to die.

I’m sure the guy had no idea,

While he was flying high.

Because he chose to drink and drive,

now I would have to die.

So why do people do it, Mom

Knowing that it ruins lives?

And now the pain is cutting me,

like a hundred stabbing knives.

Tell sister not to be afraid, Mom

Tell daddy to be brave.

And when I go to heaven,

put ‘ Mommy’s Girl’ on my grave.

Someone should have taught him,

That it’s wrong to drink and drive.

Maybe if his parents had,

I’d still be alive.

My breath is getting shorter,

Mom I’m getting really scared

These are my final moments,

and I’m so unprepared.

I wish that you could hold me Mom,

As I lie here and die.

I wish that I could say, ‘I love you, Mom!’

So I love you and good-bye.

MADD

P.O. Box 54168 8

Dallas , TX   75354-1688

1-800-GET-MADD (1-800-438-6233)

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Lincoln Community School

Youth ATOD Prevention Testimonies

My name is Pong Yang; I’m in the 7th grade. I go to Lincoln Community School And I going to tell you out there not to do drugs, because it kills you in many ways. You can quit, and one way I know is, go to quit smoking programs.

My name is Kong Yang. I go to Lincoln Community School. If you do alcohol it will make you kill people. It makes you crazy and makes you sick!!!!!

My name is France Yang. I am in the 5th grade. And I am in Lincoln Community School; and I am telling you about drugs. Drugs can kill you in many ways. And some way you can quit is going to a quit smoking program. And that is why you should not do drugs.

My name is Trevon Tucker. I am in 7th grade and I go to Anwatin Middle School. I think drugs are bad because lots of people died and lost their kids and family over drugs. And that’s why you should never use drugs.

Ohaji Walker

Trevon Kirksey

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