One of the major parts of a teenager’s life involves socialising – making friends, having fun and meeting potential partners. These situations bring their own dramatic pressures and stressors and we all know that some young people turn to alcohol to reduce their anxiety level and drop their natural inhibitions. Yes, initially, this can give a powerful hit of confidence. That’s because many teens worry whether they are smart, attractive or popular enough and alcohol can seem the easiest way of dealing with these feelings. But the “Dutch courage” approach can quickly backfire.
We’ve all been there. The reality is that drunk teens often behave in embarrassing ways, saying or doing things that they regret the next day. For a young person, this can have a powerful, negative effect on their self-confidence and can lead to further drinking as they attempt to forget about what they’ve done. For teens, alcohol is a poor substitute for confidence. It only delays positive personal development – the vital process of learning to deal with social situations and becomming secure in their own skin.
For teens, alcohol is a poor substitute for confidence.