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Peer Pressure Can Lead To Teenage Drinking

Updated on August 12, 2013

Don't Follow Your Parents Habits - Be Yourself

Be a Leader Not a Follower

Can you remember when you were a young teenager and your friends would put pressure on you to do things you just didn't want to do and knew in your heart it was wrong? Some of these things that were asked of you might have been experimenting with alcohol.

Peer pressure can lead to teenage drinking and I have seen it a thousand times, as we all have. It is getting worse as the years go by. In my personal opinion I think that the teenagers nowadays are bored and have nothing to look forward to because they think the world owes them. Anything I write in my articles are only my ideas and thoughts and nothing set in stone.

Many teenagers are brought up in a family that has addictions in it, such as alcoholism and drug use. They grew up with these addiction in their lives since they were born and many don't really know any better, but that is no excuse for them to drink alcohol or use drugs.

Everyone in the world has their own minds and brains, and as they grow older they should know what is right or wrong. So I feel that they use their bringing up as an excuse to drink or use.

Be Your Own Self

Being your own self is how you can overcome things, like drinking alcohol to impress your friends that maybe forcing you into something you wish not to do. Friends have a way to making you feel you are not one of them, so you go with the flow and follow their footsteps right into a world of the hell they live.

So many teenagers feel as if they need to do what their friends are doing even though they know it is wrong and harmful to them. These teenagers are shamed into drinking alcohol and feel they will lose their friends if they don't do what they are asked and sometimes forced into doing.

Be a leader and not a follower is what my parents have always told me. I stick to that now that I am older and wiser.

Granted, hopefully the teenager will know what they are doing is wrong and harmful and hopefully they will not abuse alcohol and wind up being addicted to it like so many young people are.

It really is heart breaking to see so many thousands of teenagers starting to drink alcohol at such a early age. Many of the teenagers drink, party and abuse this harmful, but legal substance and have no clue what they are in for in the years ahead if they continue on this road of self- destruction.

Teenagers and young adults feel as if they are indestructible and nothing will happen to them as they drink their lives away. They all have so much to look forward to in life and it is so sad to see not only teenagers, but adults ruin their lives by drinking and abusing alcohol.

If you are a teenager reading this, Please think before you drink! Be your own person and make the right decisions in life, because making the wrong ones early in life and as a teenager, it will catch up with you as you grow older.

Be stronger than the so called friends that may shame you into drinking alcohol. You have your own mind and should know whats right and wrong, so use that knowledge to save yourself from bad things that could happen later in life.

If every teenage would only know what alcohol will do to your life, you might think twice about starting to drink alcohol at such a early age.

If you feel you may lose friends because you are not doing something like drinking alcohol with them and they tried to make you do so. they are not friends you need in your life. Believe me, I have gone through the same feeling and have not been a leader, I was a follower and paid the price as I got older.

You, as a teenager can avoid all the pain and sometimes a life changing experience by drinking alcohol by saying the most important words, "NO THANK YOU!"

© 2012 Mark Bruno


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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      teaches12345, Thank you for your comment. I wish all these teens would read things such as these articles and maybe put some sense into their minds that drinking is no good. They just don't want to listen. They thing us older folks don't know what we are talking about. Live a learn is what they will have to do.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This is a great encouragement to those teens who are in need of support. I hate to hear of all the teens who are drinking at such an early age, and even having car accidents as a result. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      lctodd1947, Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I wish so bad that the young children would see what can and will happen to them in the end if something is not done now to stop them for drinking.

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      lctodd1947 5 years ago from USA

      This article goes to the root of so many teenage problems. It seems hard to be different and stand alone sometimes, but in the end, later in will look back simply say: "Thank God."

      Great post.

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Lady_E Thank you for your comment. I wish so much that the teens nowadays would just realize what they are doing to their lives. It is not cool drinking alcohol, as they all think it is.

      Thank you for the Vote Up too!

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for a very important Hub that also raises awareness. Peer pressure has a big effect on teens. Rated up. Great Hub.