How to Say No

Just Saying “No” Isn’t So Easy

Saying “no” to your friends can be really tough, especially if they’re pressuring you to use drugs and alcohol. If you’re put on the spot, you might not know how to respond. Planning what you’re going to say in advance can help get you out of awkward situation.

Here are a few suggestions on how to respond to someone that asks you to try drugs or alcohol:

“I’m allergic to it – it makes me really sick.”

“I can’t. I’m the DD tonight.

“My mom can smell it a mile away. She’ll take my phone/car away for a month if I get caught.”

“I have a big game coming up and I want to make sure I’m in the best shape possible.”

Throwing out a funny one-liner can work too:

“My parole officer wouldn’t approve – thanks, but no thanks.”

You can also keep a bottled drink like a soda with you to drink at parties. People will be less likely to pressure you to drink alcohol if you’re already drinking something. If they still offer you something, just say: “I’m covered.”

Tips for Staying Away from Drugs

It can be hard to deal with pressure to try drugs, but you’ll feel better about yourself if you do what you think is right for you. If the pressure to try drugs is getting to you, here are some suggestions that can help:

  • If you find yourself in a problem situation, make an excuse to leave.
  • Ask for support from other friends or adults if someone is really pressuring you to use drugs.
  • Make new friends who respect your decision not to use drugs.
  • Go to events that don't involve drugs. Don't put yourself in an unsafe or difficult situation.
  • If you do go to a party where there may be drugs, never put your drink down and come back for it. Someone could put drugs into it without your knowing.

Remember, your body and your future belong to you. Don’t let anyone talk you into doing something that you don’t want to do.