Prom is an important day in a teen's life, and it can come with a lot of peer pressure.
- Step 1: Research the facts and effects alcohol and drugs can have on your body.
- TIP: Alcohol and drugs impair your judgment, which can put you in danger.
- Step 2: Stay in control and be aware of your surroundings. Alcohol and drugs often factor into teens losing their virginity. Ask yourself if what's going on around you is wrong, illegal, or if it endangers you and your friends.
- Step 3: Think about why you want to do something – especially something you know you shouldn't. If it's because someone else is doing it, or because someone else wants you to, your best bet is to walk away.
- Step 4: Learn to say no with confidence. Don't feel pressured into sex, and make sure your date knows that "no means no."
- Step 5: Plan the cost of all your expenses and don't feel pressured to pay for everything.
- Step 6: Find friends that share your goals, values, and beliefs. A good friend will support you in whatever decisions you make.
- TIP: Make sure there is a designated driver – just in case.
- Step 7: Before you leave for prom, arrange a bailout plan with your parents if you feel yourself in danger or uncomfortable in a situation.
- FACT: According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 31 percent of 12th graders have tried marijuana.