Peer pressure is often cited as a common reason for initiating alcohol consumption or for choosing to binge drink in a social situation. In prevention and education programs, young people are taught strategies for resisting peer pressure and role play using the tools they are equipped with to fight against peer pressure.
Many education programs to teach teens about avoiding bad decisions related to substance use rely on the boosting of self esteem. A teen with a high level of self-esteem, it has been argued, will be less likely to be pressured into accepting a drug or drink offered to them.
A recent study shares new insights into how a person’s level of support from their peers may impact their choices to consume alcohol during their college years. Experts know the time period during young adulthood is one of experimentation, but the study is one of only a few to explore in detail how personal connections and peer groups might distinctly influence levels of alcohol consumed.