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Alcohol Peer pressure

Ilton has felt pressure from peers to drink, too, but has resisted it. "Some kids keep pressuring you, 'You gotta drink, you gotta drink.' " he says. "But you don't need to be pressured into something you don't want to do."

People who really are cool have the confidence to be themselves. "If others can't respect you for your choices," Ilton says, "that's their problem, not yours."

Looking back, Jim knows going to the party in the first place was his mistake. If he had to do it over again, he wouldn't go. "Nothing happens at those parties," he says, "but cops and alcohol."

In a year, Jim will leave for college. "I am going to check things out," he says, "figure out what crowd I want to hang out with before I just dive in. I want to be smart about that."

Read more stories about underage drinking, in Words Can Work: When Talking About Alcohol.

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