Drugs and Alcohol (young people)
Social life, drugs and alcohol
- ‘Fun’ and ‘exciting’
- An ‘interesting’ thing to do with friends
- As a way to enhance their experience
- Or simply a phase that young people go through.
Peter started smoking weed at a time when he was socialising a lot.
When I started smoking it more regularly? I’d say other than availability there’s nothing pressuring me to do it. I wasn’t, I wasn’t depressed or anything. No I was going through like one of the best times of my life probably actually. I was a lot more confident than I’d ever been. I was doing. I obviously because I’d had issues when I finished school and then gone to the college but I was doing well with my work placement. I had my part-time job at Burger King. So I was quite popular with the girls at college so I was. I was going through a good time in my life really. So no there was no pressure. There was nothing making me smoke.
Raphael found smoking weed sociable and relaxing. He also liked the idea that it was illegal.
Joe says his mates will often have a few drinks to help them feel more confident about talking to girls.
Kayleigh says that 15 and 16 year olds want to be like everyone else and be like the ‘popular’ people at school.
Yeah you sort of, you felt like, I don’t know I think when you’re a teenager, especially when you’re sort of fourteen and fifteen, sixteen, all you want to do is be like everybody else, that’s all, you know, all you think, you could do, you must dress like them, when I say them I mean like the popular people who would have been like in my school, and [em] you know, you want to dress like them, you want to be like them, you want to be a, yeah a part of them and so you just go along with it really.
Alcohol was also appealing to young people we spoke to because they didn’t have a lot of money to spend on their social lives and drinking alcohol seemed cheap compared with other activities. Hugh pointed out he could buy enough drinks to last an evening for the cost of a cinema ticket.
Hugh, Alex and Ben discuss alternative activities but think that drinking alcohol is cheaper and fun.
See also alcohol and social life.
Last reviewed: July 2018.
Last updated: January 2015