It’s universally acknowledged that when your friends drink alcohol, it’s a rather difficult task to abstain yourself. Your friends might have the best intentions in the world, but if you usually find yourself in a situation where alcohol is basically there on a silver platter in front of you, being able to say no is not particularly easy. If you happen to be a teenager or a young adult however, this could count double as peer pressure can be much more severe to withstand.
As more and more people in the UK check themselves into residential rehab for alcoholics, it has never been more crucial to be mindful and proactive when it comes to drinking alcohol. Consuming alcoholic drinks is getting entirely out of hand across the whole country due to the simple fact that alcohol has never been more affordable or readily available. Peer pressure alone wouldn’t normally be enough to trigger harmful drinking habits but could at the same time make it very difficult to stay in control.
So for anybody wishing to reduce or cut out alcohol consumption while dealing with peer pressure, here are some helpful tips and guidelines:
- First and foremost, if you intend to spend the entire evening without having any alcoholic drinks at all, the easiest way of ensuring you stick to the plan is by being the designated driver of your group. This will not only mean that you will not be able to legally drink anything, but you also don’t have to worry about any of your friends trying to persuade you otherwise. Additionally, you will instantly become one of the most popular people at the party, considering the fact that you will be able to taxi your friends to their homes at the end of the night!
- Another fantastic way of both retaining control and easing peer pressure on you to drink more than intended is to make sure that you have some plans for next morning that require you to be in an optimal state of mind and body. Perhaps you have planned a football game, early morning jogging, a few sets of tennis or really anything else at all. If it sounds like a good excuse not to drink the night before, go ahead and use it.
- Another sure-fire way of staying off the radar of your friends who are most likely to start encouraging you to drink too much is to simply stay away from them. Not in the sense to ignore them but more in the sense that the longer you hang around doing nothing, the more likely it becomes they will get you to drink something. Go for a dance, talk to people, have a word with the DJ or just generally keep busy. Don’t ever look bored (even if you are) or your friends will quickly try to find the ideal solution.
- Having a curfew for the party with any decent excuse you can think of is also a great way of making sure you remain in control. It could be that you have a job interview tomorrow, a family visit or you simply have something very important to work on. Choose a time that is suitable and then ensure you stick to it.
- One of the best ways of making sure you aren’t constantly bought drinks or offered drinks is to ensure that you always have a drink in your hand that doesn’t need any topping up. This means that you will need to make sure you drink at a suitable to you pace, rather than suitable to your friends.
- Last but not least, try not to forget that the easiest way to make sure you don’t drink more than intended is to simply reply “no, thanks” to any drink offers that come your way. It is very possible you will meet some persuasion and resistance, but the more convincing and assertive you are with your refusal, the less likely it is that you will be asked again. If your friends are indeed your friends, they will get the message and give you a break.