You can learn to resist alcohol or anything else you may feel pressured into. The best way to say “no” is to be assertive—that is, say no and mean it.
RESIST THE PRESSURE TO DRINK
Say no and let them know you mean it.
Stand up straight.
Make eye contact.
Say how you feel.
Don’t make excuses.
Stand up for yourself.
Kids who drink are more likely to be victims of violent crime, to be involved in alcohol-related traffic crashes, and to have serious school-related problems.
It’s no secret that society gives youth mixed messages about alcohol. But the teenage brain is still developing. Did you know that alcohol can impair the parts of the brain that control the following:
- Motor coordination. This includes the ability to walk, drive and process information.
- Impulse control. Drinking lowers inhibitions and increases the chances that a person will do something that they will regret when they are sober.
- Memory. Impaired recollection and even blackouts can occur when too much alcohol has been consumed.
- Judgment and decision making capacity. Drinking may lead young people to engage in risky behaviors that can result in illness, injury and even death.
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Tobacco Quit Line – National – 800.QUIT.NOW (784.8669)
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