Witty Responses to Peer Pressure: What You Should Say When Your Friends are Being Jerks
So you’ve made the conscious decision to abstain from substance abuse– a wise decision indeed! Rather you reached this decision after years of struggling with addiction or as a means of avoiding succumbing to the disease does not matter; it’s about what you do to handle the obstacles you will face in pursuing a sober lifestyle.
Unfortunately, one of the biggest obstacles you may face are the people closest to you. Though they mean well, family members and friends who do not understand your decision to abstain from indulging in drugs or alcohol can have a negative impact on your sobriety. Through peer pressure and other methods of persuasion, the people in your personal circle can subconsciously harm your dedication to sober living.
So how do you stand your ground when faced with peer pressure? How do you let your friends and family members know you’re committed to living a clean and sober life?
Well, you can respond with sarcasm. Let them know just how ridiculous they sound attempting to force drugs or alcohol on you with these gems:
Come on, it’s just one drink.
- Come on, it’s just my liver.
- You’re so right! It’s not like that’s ever killed anyone!
- What’s one drink, right? Just my car wrapped around a pole, yeah?
- Famous last words, am I right?
- Come on, it’s just blatant disrespect for my life decisions!
Don’t act like that! Just have a little fun!
- Oh my God, you’re right! What was I thinking, sticking to my decision to be sober!
- Well, when you put it that way, I’m totally gonna jump right on that! Sign me up for an organ transplant right now! Let’s do this!
- Sorry, didn’t realize you’d redefined what ‘fun’ means.
- Funny, didn’t realize fun and (insert substance here) were synonymous.
- This is what fun is? I have been doing it wrong for so long!
What harm can it do?
- You know, I don’t know- let’s ask the American Cancer Society.
- Enough to build an entire industry dedicated to reversing it.
- Depends on how harmful you think death is.
- None, if I just don’t do it.
- How about we never find out, yeah? Okay.
Can you think of any other witty responses to peer pressure? Give us yours in the comments!
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Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.