Posts Tagged ‘peer pressure’

righttorefusePeer pressure can feel overwhelming when you’re young and under the stress of school, social life, and impending adulthood. However, YOU are your own best friend. YOU can say “no” to anything you don’t feel comfortable doing. Don’t want to drink with your friends? Be up front about it and say “no”.

It’s hard to stand up for yourself, yes, but if your friends are real friends, they will respect your decisions and choices. We believe in you! Make wise choices and rethink the drink!!

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Resist Peer Pressure

Posted: January 16, 2015 by cpmacartersville in Parents, Resources, Teens
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One of the major factors in teen drinking is peer pressure. If you struggle with caving to that pressure, today’s resources are for you! If you are a parent who has a teen that struggles with peer pressure, use these resources to help encourage them to make their own decisions.

>> 5 Tips for Resisting Peer Pressure // Great Schools

>> 20 Ways to Avoid Peer Pressure // Your Life Counts

>> Peer Pressure // Teens for Life

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Stick With Good Friends

Posted: August 29, 2014 by cpmacartersville in Teens
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Cedartown SADD and bannerPeer pressure is no joke. You know what it’s like to surround yourself with people who put pressure on you. A good way to stop that is to stick with those friends who help you to become a better person and “break up” with the ones that bring you down. Sure, some feelings might get hurt, but you have to think about your future. Do you want to be a person who helps others grow and become better people? If that’s what you want to do with your own life, don’t you want to have friends who feel the same way?

Take a good, hard look at your community. Take a look at the folks you hang out with. Are they pressuring you to do things you know are harmful or less than you deserve? It will be hard, but move on from people like that and stick with the ones who really love and support your life goals.

Make wise decisions together! There is strength in numbers! Just like peer pressure can lead you to make bad decisions, having a group of supportive friends can also help you to keep making good decisions. Be a good friend today!

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Don’t Be Outwitted By Marketing

Posted: July 11, 2014 by cpmacartersville in Teens
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Don’t be fooled by attractive, flashy ads on TV, in magazines, and on the internet when it comes to alcohol. Sure, those posters of gorgeous models with beers and wine glasses might make alcohol consumption seem glamorous, but the reality of drinking and partying can be quite disturbing and have a negative impact on your health.

Just as peer pressure can be a big player in teen drinking, so can advertising and marketing directed at young professionals and college students. High school students and even middle-schoolers are not exempt from the pressure of the media, either. In fact, a FOX article recently discussed the role marketing plays in getting young people to exhibit brand loyalty in alcohol consumption.

Next time you read a magazine or online article and flip through the ads (or scroll past), ignore those deceptive and seductive alcohol marketing ads. Remember, those companies just want to make money and they’ll resort to whatever tactics they need to in order to entice consumers to buy. Don’t become a blind robot and give in to their schemes! Be strong and rethink the drink! Take care of your health and don’t let flashy ads become more powerful than your willpower. You can do it! We here at RTD support you!

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Many teens abuse alcohol for social reasons. They’ve got peer pressure to contend with. It’s seen as “something fun to do”. What many teens don’t know (and tragically some do), drinking alone can be an even bigger problem. Teens who drink alone usually do so because they are depressed or unhappy with their lives and social situations. As many people soon find out, drinking divorced from social situations can quickly become anything but fun. While alcohol may take the edge off of turbulent emotions, teens who drink alone usually consume more than they would in social situations over time. This can cause severe averse effects in the body and can further isolate those teens from their peers.

According to this ABC News Article, solitary drug users can have devastating effects on their futures:

Moreover, solitary smokers and drinkers were also less likely to graduate from college and more likely to engage in violent behavior, according to the study.

If you are a parent or teen who has loved ones who drink alone, urge them to seek help from local substance abuse counselors, organizations, or their doctors.  If YOU are a teen who drinks alone, find someone you implicitly trust and ask for their help. Remember, you don’t have to fall victim to drug and alcohol addiction! Make wise choices!