Irish Bishops Drugs Initiative

IBDI – Tips for Teens

Information for Young People

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For teenagers

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How to resist peer pressure

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How to resist peer pressure

  • Choose your associates carefully. This may limit your choice of friends but it is better to have only one or two reliable, trustworthy friends than a wide circle of friends who are immature, reckless and irresponsible.
  • Develop your own self worth- you don’t need to be constantly seeking the approval of others.
  • Confide in your parents – remember that they are older and more experienced than your friends and they have your best interest at heart.
  • Keep yourself occupied – this will ensure that you are too busy to take part in childish and irresponsible pranks.
  • Realise that compromising your standards will not make you happy or lead to anything worthwhile.
  • Remember that, while it is good to have friends, you should not feel forced to talk, dress or act in any way that you are not happy to. It may be difficult to stand up for what you believe in but you will be a happier and stronger person if you do.

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