How did you handle peer pressure,in, as far as smoking, drinking and drugs?

@lalav1 (1056)
United States
February 4, 2007 11:58am CST
All my friends in junior high smoked and they would ocassionally ask me if I wanted to, but I always said no. For one thing I would be embarassed if I started choking and sputtering and I just didn't have any desire to do it. Luckily they were fine with that. As far as alcohol and drugs I was not at all interested since I had seen the affects of both in my own home. My sister was an alcoholic and drug addict and my stepfather was an alcoholic. Also, I always felt the need to be in control of my actions, I feared being out of control and doing something stupid I would later regret.
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@alfa62603 (193)
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
I guess I must have belonged to those "goodies" group during my younger years..I've learned to smoke and drink in my mid 20's..talk about late bloomer...lol
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@shellyrios (1215)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I never thought twice to say no, because I knew my true friends wouldn't pressure me to do anything against my will. I NEVER gave in to peer pressure and stood up for what I felt was bad for me to and bad for me to take. I teach my children the same value. NEVER let anyone influence your choices and make wise choices. If it doesn't feel right, then don't do it......
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5 Feb 07
I did my own thing. I never let anyone talk me into smoking or drinking. Smoking wasn't a problem for me as I am allergic to it. Kids tend to think smoking and drinking makes them look cool. Well, it doesn't. I have too much respect for my health than to get hooked on either vice.
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@Geminigirl (1909)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I gave into peer pressure, but I wish I had not. It is a hrad time of life, though.
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@oakgate (18)
• Nigeria
5 Feb 07
I will say that it is always good to have a vision of what you want for your life and to know to a large extent how to achieve the vision.then giving in or not to peer pressure will not be an issue. Besides one needs to mind the kind of people one associate with because friendship is not by force its by choice.
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• India
5 Feb 07
hey.... that shows your resolve, yaar.... that's fantastic.... and am also a non-smoker and non-drinker.... but as you were saying no peer pressure, since my guys know about me....
@yogiraut (230)
• India
5 Feb 07
i wish to congatulate on your good decisions, which is sensible. I have heard people giving ridiculous explanations like my friend asked me to smoke/drink, i did it to earn acceptance in social circuit.
@amazehr (430)
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
i know i can control muself so even if almost all of my friends smokes a lot or they drink a lot and i don't they respect me it's my decision and we are still friends
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• India
5 Feb 07
no i never had that problem, and as far as the pressures are concerned my parents, mostly my dad was very supportive and i had very understanding friends, so i think that i didnt have that problem, nor do i have it now
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@g_aileen09 (1354)
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
It is just a matter of choice. I chose not to be influenced by peer pressure on these things, that's why I never had the burden of being blamed for problems that our parents might be encountering. I had simple dreams... and simple ways to make myself happy then. Music and poetry were my type, and so I chose friends who liked these stuff too. I was the one who influenced my friends in liking music.
@caesarin (1091)
• Indonesia
5 Feb 07
That's very good of you to do so, to be in control of your every actions. That's being responsible.
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
I am thankful to GOD that he gave me some friends that are very understanding and very helpful. They never pressured me in doing something that i don't like. I believe that a friend should be responsible in the influence they give to you. They should also be responsible of there actions so that they will not be influenced by the bad society.
• Canada
5 Feb 07
i gave in.. haha
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@rsrait (567)
• India
5 Feb 07
Keep it up my friend ,i neither smoke drink i am a veggi,and feel you are one among us who did not walk the way of others around you.
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• United States
5 Feb 07
Actually I've always been asked to join in on my friends smoking and drinking but I've always said no. ESPECIALLY not anywhere close to school where u have a great chance of getting caught and getting into more trouble. I've already more than enough problems and didnt need my parents on my back for smoking and drinking. I've also seen the effects that they have on other people and trust me it is a complete turn-off. I have already made up my mind that I will stay clear. Smoking is bad but drinking isnt that bad as long as you know when to stop.
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@ownado (1681)
• Portugal
4 Feb 07
Cigarrete - A cigarrete
Fortunately it never happened to me, I had some class mates smoking but they never asked me if I wanted to try it but even if they have asked I would say NO without a doubt.
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@lingli_78 (12846)
• Australia
4 Feb 07
well, you just got to have a strong will and determination to say NO... it is your life and you know all the bad side effects that all those things will bring to you... and as far as i'm concerned, true friends won't lead you to all those bad stuffs... so, if they did, may be they are not good friends and good influence to you and you have to stay away from them... stay strong and good luck...
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• United States
4 Feb 07
I never had much peer pressure as I somehow always seemed to be the leader. Thank goodness I only had one bad habit smoking!. Most of my friends did as they wanted not just because I did it.
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• United States
4 Feb 07
I kept to myself a lot. I was an outcast in middle school and I was with the geeks in high school. I was anything, but popular.
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• Netherlands
4 Feb 07
I completely gave in - happy disappear behind the haze of acceptance. I smoked, drank, and smoked pot - I did say no to anything heavier, but it took a lot of time before I found my own strength and seperated myself from the distructive people and behaviors in my life.
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