It is said that birds of the same feathers flock together. So if you don’t want to drink, keep away from people who do. Uncontrolled teenage drinking will have negative effects.
Choose your friends
If drinking is unavoidable especially because of an obligation or peer pressure, protect yourself and friends. Determine how much is your capacity to hold your drink. Stick to your limit. If you can handle 2 cans or bottles of beer then say “no” when the third bottle is opened for you.
Avoid those people who might cause you trouble by staying with trusted friends.
When drinking with a group and they become wild, leave the group. If serious trouble is bound to erupt, know where to get help. Know how to discreetly leave the place and go home.
Make a deal with your friends if you choose to drink
Make an agreement with trusted friends to watch out for each other among a teenage drinking group. At least let someone remain sober. Always remind each other about the consequences of getting drunk. Stay together as a group and leave together. Never allow a drunken member to drive the car.
No to sex – you don’t want to regret later
Do not be an exclusive companion of someone who is drinking. Stop any sexual advances by keeping together with trusted friends. Never leave the party with someone who is drunk. Remember that sexual offences are easily done when people are intoxicated. Say “no” to sex so you will not regret tomorrow. Teenage drinking can lead to having sex and to other complications.
Watch over your friends
If someone in your group gets intoxicated, watch over that person. Do not leave him/her without a reliable companion. Know what to do when the person starts vomiting. Prevent a drunken friend to drive home. If things get beyond control, call 000 and so help is on the way.
Drinking does not erase bad things
Some young people drink as if the alcohol will obliterate their problems and bad experiences. Temporarily, in the state of intoxication, your problems might not look bleak but it is a very temporary release. Teenage drinking is prevalent because of family or social problems but it is never the solution.
Deal with your problems in a positive way – consult a school counsellor, confide to your parents, a close friend or someone you trust. Drinking will not take away your problems but will even add a greater one.