Peer pressure is the influence that a peer group places on someone to change their behavior, values, or beliefs in order to conform to group norms. Think about a time that you gave into peer pressure and how it made you feel. Were you nervous? Disappointed in you? Did you feel guilty? There are a lot of reasons why someone might give into peer pressure:

  • They don’t want their friend to be mad at them
  • They want to fit in and be liked
  • They want to seem more grown up
  • They don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings
  • They don’t know how to get out of a situation

If you’re in a situation where you face direct or indirect peer pressure, what are some things you can do to diffuse the situation?

  • Suggest an alternative
  • Stand up tall and confidently say no
  • Be prepared to resist alcohol
  • Stand up for others
  • Take a reality check - most teens DON’T drink alcohol
  • Remember the consequences
  • Walk away from the situation

Most of all, remember that most people will respect any decision that you make.