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Ways to say "no" to alcohol

It may seem like so many people drink. But lots of teenagers have figured out that they don’t have to drink to have fun or feel comfortable at a party. Of course it can be tough to say “no” when other people are drinking. Lots of times, though, people respect you more when you stand up for what you think is right.

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More tips for saying no to alcohol

Your best bet in dealing with alcohol may be to avoid it as much as possible. Consider these suggestions:

  • Don't go to places where there will be drinking. See if your friends want to catch a movie, go out to dinner, go shopping, or go to a school play or sports event.
  • Keep in mind that you don’t have to do everything your friends do to stay close with them.
  • If your friends seem to want to drink a lot, you might look for friends who have the same interests as you, like through a school club.


Content last reviewed May 18, 2010
Page last updated April 09, 2014