Recognize There Are Two Types Of Pressure:
1. Direct social pressure is when someone offers you a drink or an opportunity to drink.
2. Indirect social pressure is when you feel tempted to drink just by being around others who are drinking—even if no one offers you a drink.
Assess the Situation:
Take a moment to think about situation you are in. In your mind, figure out what type of pressure you are facing and then make the right decision. Avoid pressure when possible.
Your best strategy may be avoiding situations that pressure you all together. Do not put yourself in situations that make you uncomfortable. You know people and places to avoid where drinking is a problem. Stay away from them to relieve any type of pressure you may feel.
Cope With Situations You Can’t Avoid:
• “No means No!” Then stand your ground
• Don’t hesitate, as that will give you the chance to think of reasons to go along
• Look directly at the person and make eye contact
• Keep your response short, clear, and simple
• No, thank you
• No, thanks, I don’t want to
• You know, I’m (cutting back/not drinking) now (to get healthier/to take care of myself/because my doctor said to). I’d really appreciate it if you’d help me out.