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:
- 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.