New friends have a beer

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Why is this?

New friends have a beer

Is it uniquely Australian? What can we do about it? The phenomenon of people experiencing pressure to drink in social situations has been identified in many countries around the world, not just in Australia. Within countries, drinking norms also often vary from one social or cultural group to another. In some groups, heavy drinking might be normal. This is presumably because those of us who drink more are more likely to find ourselves in social groups where heavier drinking is the norm. Most of the research on social and peer influences on drinking has been done with teenagers and college students.

There is evidence that young adults who are more socially anxious, or concerned about what others think of them, are more prone to drink in a risky manner as a result. Research shows peers can influence our drinking practices both directly and indirectly. But there are some general indications from social psychology and sociology regarding conformity and group mentality. Essentially, we are tribal social animals.

From an evolutionary perspective, early humans had to form social groups to hunt, gather food, protect each other and survive. As a result, we have evolved tendencies to support group cohesion by conforming to group norms and shunning non-conformity. So if we tend to associate with people who are like us and engage in similar behaviours, and we start doing things in a way that goes against the group norms, such as not drinking in a social situation, this can be a challenge to the acceptability of that behaviour in the group. At an almost unconscious level, they can try and resolve this discomfort by encouraging you to start drinking again, just like them.

New friends have a beer

Plan for and rehearse how you will respond before you put yourself in that social drinking situation. Remind yourself of the reasons you are cutting down or stopping drinking.

New friends have a beer

A strong resolution to change your drinking can be an important part of resisting pressure to drink. Think about who in the group might be supportive of your decision to change your drinking behaviour and consider making them an ally. If they persist with putting pressure on you to drink, you can leave the situation. Tip 1 originally said your friends may undermine your efforts to cut down their drinking, instead of your drinking.

This has been corrected. Edition: Available editions United Kingdom. Simon LentonCurtin University. Doing what our mates do In some groups, heavy drinking might be normal. Psychology Alcohol Sociology Alcohol abuse Peer pressure group behaviour.

New friends have a beer

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