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Your choices

You have the right to say no.
It is understandable that young people will feel curious and anxious about drugs and alcohol. You may feel under pressure from someone else to try them. But it is also very important to remember that it is your choice, and that you have the right to say no. It is also just as important to make an informed decision about drugs and alcohol. You should be aware of the different dangers that you are exposed to when experimenting with drugs and alcohol. It is vital to have all the information when making a choice. It is also hard to know how drugs and alcohol will affect your future. 
Drugs and alcohol can:
  • Have a detrimental impact on the relationships you have with friends and family.
  • You may develop an addiction
  • They can adversely affect your emotional state.
  • They can also lead to you getting into debt / owing large amounts of money.
  • They can cause you to get into trouble or become involved with the gardai.
  • They can also lead you to develop depression or other mental health problems.
Things to be aware of:
  • It can help you to find out more information. 
  • Be prepared to say no to peer pressure.
  • Find out other things that you can do for fun. 
  • Find other ways that you can relax and de stress.
  • Help by looking for support and guidance with emotional issues that may lead to you turning to drugs.
  • Talk to a parent or trusted adult about how you are feeling.