Addiction starts with one puff

2018-03-15 06:01

Peer pressure is one of the reasons people start their adult lives on the wrong foot.

Most alcoholics started experimenting with booze because they wanted to please peers.

Now they are stuck with a crippling addiction that has turned them into an embarrassment. Sadly, the people they were trying to impress are no longer there to help them drink responsibly.

When a high school pupil takes his first cigarette puff, it is not because he likes nicotine.

When someone starts smoking, cigarettes taste bitter and make them feel drowsy.

Despite that, beginners persevere until they start to enjoy the filthy habit.

They only realise later that it’s not a good idea to please others by encouraging addiction.

Drug addicts are also familiar with this cycle.

It seems like a good idea to have your friends cheer you on when you snort or inject drugs for the first time.

However, when someone becomes an addict, none of their so-called friends stick around to help them buy more drugs.

It is easy to get addicted to nicotine, drugs and alcohol but extremely difficult to quit these bad habits.Stop gambling with your life and stay away from cigarettes, booze and drugs.

You don’t need to be a junkie to impress your peers.

Sabelo Mbiba Gugulethu

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