Prom and peer pressure go hand-in-hand. It’s the end of the year and some people think they owe it to themselves to let loose with alcohol. Because Prom is a formal event, you may be tempted, but the bottom line is that you’re not 21 and drinking is illegal. That may sound harsh, but the fact is alcohol is a dangerous drug. Take it from the 2006 stats from the United States Department of Transportation: Out of all drivers aged 16-20 who died in motor vehicle crashes, more than 19 percent had been drinking alcohol.
Because you want to remember your Prom night and not have embarrassing photos appear on Facebook, you should just say no. The problem is how? Here are few tips to ensure you have a safe and happy Prom:
Prom is a hot topic months before the big day arrives. If you know your friends will be drinking before or after Prom, be sure to arrange your own mode of transportation. If you’re unsure, but still want to stay in the group have a back-up plan handy. Maybe you don’t want your mom to pick you up from Prom, but you don’t want a police escort either.
Make New Friends
Just like the Girl Scouts said, “Make new friends, but keep the old.” Hang out with friends you can trust. Chances are those who aren’t drinking and doing drugs will be much more drama-free. These sober friends shouldn’t be too hard to find, according to DoSomething.org, 81 percent of teens chose not to drink last year.
Create Your Own After-Party
With parental permission, plan your own super-cool after- party. DoSomething.org suggests you play some music in the backyard and let your guests have it, host a sleepover for your besties and re-live the night’s best gossip or if all else fails hit up an IHOP or Waffle House. Not only will you see the weirdest people in life at those hours of the night/morning, but breakfast food is the perfect ending to any night.
If you’re stuck in a situation where people are pressuring to drink you can grab an infamous red, plastic cup. According to DoSomething.org, people will be less likely to offer you a drink if your hands are occupied.
Blame It on the… Parents
That’s what they’re here for, right? You’ve tried “No, thanks” “I’m allergic” and “Leave me alone.” DoSomething.org offered another good excuse using the line “I’m already in so much trouble, my parents will ground me all summer if they smell alcohol on me.”
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