Just Say “NO”

Ramona Meszaros, Staff Reporter

Peer pressure. We’ve all heard of it at some point before in our lives, whether it was in school or at home. It’s something that high schoolers face regularly. From dares to drinking, it all comes at a cost. In a study, it was found that 90% of teens have faced peer pressure, in varying degrees of severity. When it comes to alcohol and teens that have fallen to peer pressure, approximately 7.1 million Americans between the ages of 12 and 20 have reported current alcohol consumption. It might not seem like anything could go wrong after drinking one or two times, but several things could happen right away. The effects that alcohol has on the teenage body continue to affect the person for the rest of their lives. Teens who drink alcohol are more likely to experience school, social, and legal problems, memory issues, abuse of other drugs, and permanent damage to the brain. Starting to drink earlier can also lead to the abuse of alcohol later into life. On another note, while ANYONE is under the influence, they make decisions that they wouldn’t sober. Those drunken decisions can have devastating effects on other people’s lives, as well as your own. It can be hard to resist peer pressure because of the thought that you might get some sort of gain. But the reality is, that drugs and drinking can kill, and you must make sure to not let yourself even get involved, for the sake of your future and the others in your life.

For more facts and information reference the sources below.

https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/underage-drinking.htm
https://teens.lovetoknow.com/Statistics_on_Peer_Pressure
https://www.responsibility.org/alcohol-statistics/underage-drinking-statistics?gclid=Cj0KCQiAsbrxBRDpARIsAAnnz_OVb5GmS7TEmWEqbkswG4W4SXVUqeHbOXJ4g8OKhlgaqsYRPlvXbKMaAhSIEALw_wcB