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Sanders, Pete, and Steve Myers. Choices and Decisions: Drinking Alcohol. Mankato, MN: Stargazer, 2005. org Al-Anon provides help to and information for families and friends of alcoholics. Alateen is a recovery program for young people who have drinking problems. org AA provides help to and information for more than 2 million members worldwide; the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. S. government site has easy-to-understand information about alcohol and tips for dealing with the pressure to drink.
Back off! Many young people drink because their friends drink. It might seem like everyone is drinking, but this isn’t true. In fact, most middle school kids—80 to 90 percent—don’t drink alcohol. Look for friends who—like you—are interested in ﬁnding healthier ways to have fun. It might seem cool to drink, until you think about it. There is nothing cool about throwing up or passing out. It can be hard to say no when others around you are drinking. Some people might try to pressure you into joining in.
It might seem cool to drink, until you think about it. There is nothing cool about throwing up or passing out. It can be hard to say no when others around you are drinking. Some people might try to pressure you into joining in. Your real friends like you for who you are and will respect your decisions. If you don’t want to try alcohol, say so. ” Be conﬁdent in your decision. If you sound unsure, others will be more likely to try to make you change your mind. Perhaps you want to try drinking to see Waiting until adulthood to try new experiences such as drinking can lead to healthier long-term choices.