‘Peer pressure’ is a term we are all familiar with – especially when it comes to teenage drinking, but does this pressure subside as we grow older? Or do your fellow teenagers urging you to ‘down it!’ just grow older with you and change their phrasing to ‘just one more round eh?’. Social and professional situations can place an enormous amount of pressure on people to consume alcohol. Work functions, staff parties, weddings, birthdays and any social occasion usually involves alcohol, and whether you want to just have a soft drink or miss out on a round, it is not always easy to deal with the pressure to drink.
So, what is the answer? Some people say ‘just say no, you’re an adult, be responsible’. Others say their jobs would be in jeopardy if they didn’t have a drink with the boss. What’s your opinion?