Peer Pressure

Alcohol gives us a fake sense of having fun, appearing sophisticated, and being a good communicator. Most people who have tried alcohol don't like the taste. Unlike those who don't like the taste of a certain food, however, those people will often go back and drink more because of peer pressure. When our friends are drinking something or telling us it's cool, we believe that it'll make us cool too.

Advertising Pressure
We get false ideas from the alcohol ads and from movies. They aren’t presenting reality  - just ask one of the 6.6 million children under the age of 18 who live with an alcoholic mother or father.

Responses to Decline Alcohol
Here are some helpful responses when you want to decline alcohol:
  • Simply say "no." Saying “no thanks” is a good start. If that doesn’t work, you can try other responses.
  • Suggest a better idea, like “I’ve got a great idea. Why don’t we go to that new movie that just came out?”
  • Change the subject.
  • Act shocked (this is usually an effective response. An example is “I didn’t know you drank! Your parents will kill you if they find out.”)
  • Make a joke.
Using Humor
The following lines can deflect pressure in a funny way:
  • “I never drink before I’m drunk.”
  • “Not my brand.”
  • “I’d rather hang loose than hangover.”
  • “I don’t need booze to loosen up. I just got it together.”
  • “I’m allergic. Alcohol makes my skin turn purple and I look like Barney.”
  • “If I drank that, I’d probably forget where I parked my brain.”
  • "You want me to barf all over your car? I don't think so."