Getting pressured to drink by other people? Feel like you’re using alcohol to cope with worries about school?
Alcohol problems – either yours or someone else’s – can make it hard to keep up with school and hang out with other pupils. It’s not easy to talk about alcohol issues, but if you can tell an adult you trust, they might be able to help you with support that could make life easier. If you decide to tell a teacher about your worries, you can tell them you want to keep it private. They shouldn’t tell anyone else unless they are worried about your safety or you say it’s ok for them to tell someone who can help you.
Childline have got some really good advice about alcohol:
“It can be hard to say ‘no’ to your friends, especially if they’re all joining in. If they are trying to get you to do something that you don’t want to do, then this could make you feel scared and alone. Becoming more assertive is a way you can say how you really feel without being mean or pushy.”
Did you know that over 50,000 children and young people in Scotland live with a family member who has an alcohol problem?
If you’re one of them, you might find it helpful to check out these stories by young people talking about how they coped with the alcohol issues in their family.
You can use this directory to look for support for alcohol issues near you.