One of the biggest issues you'll face is peer pressure, specifically with drugs, alcohol, tanning, and eating disorders. All your friends are doing it, they do it on Gossip Girl and 90210, it'll make you cool - yea, whatever, that's bologna. I don't drink, I don't smoke, I'm probably the biggest anti-drug advocate you'll find and I am more happy than my acquaintances that are heavily addicted. It's just not worth it. Really. Smoking and drinking ages you ten years, when in your in your young fun 20's you'll look like your in your ready-to-settle-down 30's!
It's also just not classy, smart, or confident! Yes, ok Audrey Hepburn smoked but she lived during a time when doctors actually endorsed smoking. Now we know the truth- it kills you. How classy are you if you go to a party and get falling down drunk? Not remembering what you did last night? Come on! That's not cool. Plus, if that doesn't turn you off enough binge drinking makes you gain weight faster than anything else and smoking gives you more wrinkles than an elephant. Regular exercise or healthy eating are not enough to counter act the effects of drinking. You could drink all the anti-oxidant filled tea and coffee you like, as my coffee-genius friend does in the photo above, but the side effects still exist.
When coming into your confident self, be strong! Say no to drugs! You are so much better and smarter than that. Your worth it. You are SO much better than that. If you say no to the pressure from others you will be the stronger one, be smarter than them!