The problem with alcohol and drugs is that everyone else is doing it, right?
And it can be hard to say no or avoid joining in, right?
Well, actually – no!
While the media might like to show if differently, the truth is that most young people have never tried an illegal drug or drunk alcohol at all, and very few do it regularly.
And there’s some simple things we can do to make sure we make healthy and positive choices.
Just don’t be around it
The simplest way to avoid bad choices is not to hang out with people who do.
So, we can just stay away from them when alcohol and drugs are involved.
If someone offers us drugs or a drink, we can just make an excuse and move away.
Maybe say you want to catch up with a friend, or need to go to the bathroom.
Or just say ‘no’
There’s plenty of ways to just say ‘no’.
Maybe: ‘No, I’ve got a big assignment due tomorrow’, ‘I’m on a detox’, or ‘I’m working on my abs like Zac Efron’.
Or simply ‘No, I just don’t want to’.