Learn how to say no to drugs! A video for kids during Red Ribbon Week (Elementary School).

How to Say No to Drugs and Alcohol

Throughout life, you may be offered various types of alcohol and drugs. A lot of times it will be easy to say no and move on. Sometimes, however, you may find the situation difficult, you might be tempted, or the person offering more demanding. To learn how to say no to drugs and alcohol start at step one.


  1. Realize that abusing drugs could lead to further bad situations.These can include legal issues, homelessness, job loss, financial difficulties, medical problems, and even death in some cases.
  2. Find something else to do.Think about what other activities that might be more fulfilling than drugs. It could be investing in a career or finding a hobby.
    • Examine all activities broadly to help you discover what you would really like.
  3. Compare the results, long term, and short term, of your new lifestyle.If you were taking drugs, the results would most likely never be as good. Realize that enjoying life and pursuing new interests is more satisfying and easier (long term anyway) than abusing drugs.
  4. Try to avoid situations where drugs and alcohol might be present.
  5. Find a good friend or family member you can talk this situation out with.If you are tempted to take drugs this will help you be more accountable, and it should provide you with positive feedback from someone who genuinely cares about you.
  6. Prepare yourself for occasions where someone may offer drugs to you.It could be a street corner, at school, or at a party. It could come from a stranger or a friend. Most times if you tell them you're not interested they will move on.
  7. Stay firm.If they push or ask you why you can tell them a simple excuse as to why. It could be anything to not feeling well, not interested in doing drugs, or you already had some. Most will leave you alone by this point.
  8. Walk away.Try to lose them if at all possible. Find a crowded location, a friend, or someone else responsible. If you're in school, find a teacher.
  9. Tell an adult about it.Make sure that you alert an appropriate person about the encounter. This can include the police if you have been offered illegal drugs or they were threatening in any way. Give all the details you can.
  10. Avoid further encounters.You should avoid the person who offered drugs at all costs. It would also be advisable to avoid the place where you were offered drugs.
  11. Stay safe.Above all else, if you ever decide to try alcohol or drugs make sure to do so safely, do your research, and try to be around someone who cares for you while you do.
  12. Forgive yourself.If you feel you made a mistake trying drugs. Accept your mistakes and don't be hypocritical when you see people around you making the same mistakes. The thing that matters is what lies ahead of you.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    How can I stop thinking about alcohol?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can try asking for help on the internet and change your focus. Try eating healthy foods, drinking tons of water, and exercising regularly. Avoid friends and situations that remind you of alcohol.
  • Question
    What do I do if someone is offering me drugs?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Just say no firmly, and most people will get the hint you don't want what they are offering. If not, get yourself out of that situation quickly.
  • Question
    How can I deal with peer pressure?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Keep the right kind of company and you won't have to deal with it. Avoid people who try to pressure you to do anything you're not comfortable with. If someone does try to pressure you, stand up for yourself and say you're just not interested. If you see a friend succumb to peer pressure, call them on it.
  • Question
    How can I make my friends stop drinking alcohol?
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    Community Answer
  • Question
    Is taking drugs illegal in the UK?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Only certain drugs are illegal no matter what, and others are only illegal without a prescription.
  • Question
    My parents forced me to take drugs and drink alcohol because they were disowning me. They knew the consequences of their actions but still didn't care. Help me please?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Call the police. Forcing someone, especially a child, to consume drugs or alcohol is illegal. If you can't get to a phone to call the police, just tell an adult, like a teacher, counselor, a friend's parent, etc. This is definitely abuse. Tell someone you need help.
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  • You could start a support group with your drug free friends.
  • If you're in a sticky situation with someone trying to offer you drugs just say no. Even trying, some, drugs once, can suck you right into it. Don't be abrasive. Just say no in a non-threatening manner and move on.

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