Alcohol Awareness Month is a public health campaign organized by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence as a way of increasing outreach and education regarding the dangers of alcoholism and issues related to alcohol.
Kansas Prevention Collaborative would like to empower college aged young adults experiencing their newfound freedom with strategies to stay alcohol free, which means knowing your “no.” When you know alcohol will be available, it’s important to have some resistance strategies lined up in advance.
Interested? Great! Keep reading to find information, examples, and helpful links to assist you in being successful with staying alcohol free.
Script Your “No”
Many people are surprised at how hard it can be to say no the first few times. Build confidence by scripting and practicing your lines. First imagine the situation and the person who is offering the drink. Then write both what the person might say and how you’ll respond. You can try the “broken record” strategy which is, each time you are asked, you can simply repeat the same short, clear response. Or you can come up with your own unique approach.
Here are some examples:
Next, get comfortable with your phrasing and delivery by practicing it repeatedly. Consider asking a supportive person to role-play with you, someone who would offer realistic pressure to drink and honest feedback about your responses. Whether you practice through made-up or real-world experiences, you’ll learn as you go. Keep at it, and your skills will grow over time.
To help, the links below will take you to forms to help you plan how you’ll handle high-risk situations and offers to drink: