Analyze the role of individuals, families, communities, and cultural norms on the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
<p>Discuss how peer pressure affects adults
Prepare article: Is peer pressure worse for adults?
Write the objectives and guiding questions on the board.
Introduce topic by describing, activity name, content standard, and objectives.
Ask if anyone has family members that are teenagers?
Ask the participants, what would they do if they found out that those family members are abusing alcohol?
Point at the question written on the board: Is peer pressure an issue when it comes to drinking?
Ask participants to raise their hand if they agree. Encourage them to expand and explain why they believe the statement to be true?
Ask for volunteers if they do not agree with the statement and to explain why they believe that it is not true.
Tell participants that they are about to read about how the decisions we make are influenced by other people, and that this does not only affect youngsters, but also adults.
Give them a copy of the article "Is peer pressure worse for adults?" and organize a group reading, Give each students a chance to read at least one paragraph.
Identify two individuals who would like to share what they understood from the article.
To guide the conversation, ask the following questions:
What role does alcohol play in socializing?
What are the reactions of people when someone decides not to drink?
Why do people who have the will to refrain from drinking, change their mind sometimes?
What suggestions are given in the article to avoid peer pressure?
What is the difference between binge drinking and alcoholism?
What was the last time you were pressured by others to drink?
As a culminating discussion, ask participants to analyze their role when there is peer pressure to drink alcohol. Are they those individuals who are convinced easily by others or are they the one who convince others to drink?
Finally, by returning to the original question, what would be the best way to talk to that young family member who is abusing alcohol?