Post # 1
SO and I were just discussing when we had our first “beer”. In our area it is extremely common to drink previous to being 21. I had my first drink at around 12 or 13. I believe it was a Morgan Coke. My brother, who was 22/23 at the time, gave it to me. My SO had his first shot of alcohol when he was 12. His grandfather gave it to him after he shot his first big buck.
Tell me when you had your first drink of alcohol. Also, do you think you drank to early or waited to long? What is a common age to start drinking in your area?
Public Service Announcement: PLEASE do not turn this into an angry thread about the drinking age and whether it is right or wrong to drink before 21. I obviously cannot change what happened and neither can anyone else so please keep it clean.
Post # 3
I think my parents let me try a sip or two of wine at Thanksgiving/Christmas when I was 12/13 probably.
First time drinking I was probably 16.
Post # 4
I was 18 when I had my first drink. It’s extremely common in my area to start much earlier than that but it wasn’t common in my group of friends to start before that. My husband had his first drink at 15. I know plenty of people who started drinking much younger though.
Post # 5
I think I had wine when I was really young. Like 14. I had a beer or glass of wine here or there before I turned 21. Then when I was able to go out I would drink regularly.
Post # 6
My mom would give me sips of gin and tonic when I was little. Definitely under 12. But only sips. Then when I was in high school we would have margarita nights. So I probably had my first real drink at 14.
Post # 7
@In the media: Your mom sounds like a fun lady.
Post # 8
I first got drunk when I was 12, first sip EVER when I was 9. Either that makes me an alcoholic, or just THE MOST AWESOME PERSON EVER.
Seriously though, I grew up, and still live in, the Bourbon Capital of the World. My best friend’s parents owned two liquor stores. It wasn’t hard to find a drink.
My first sip: Beer
My first “drunk”: bottle of Merlot
I actually hated the taste of beer when I first started drinking, now it’s my favorite thing ever. “They” aren’t lying when they say it’s an acquired taste.
Post # 9
My mother used to hide her beer and vodka in open soda cans, so I mistakenly took a drink from what I thought was my Pepsi one day when I was five. I guess that counts. Other than that, I’m not a big drinker, so my first real time drinking was at 19. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve had more than one drink, though.
Post # 10
I was 13, and had attended my friend’s older brother’s wedding so I was staying over in her house for the night. All of the adults were still at the party – no idea who dropped us home – so us kids decided we’d taste test all the alcohol that had been bought in for the festivities. We didn’t actually drink a whole lot. I discovered that in drink as in so much else, I have a ferocious sweet tooth. Still do!
Pretty much everyone here has a first drink quite young: most go through a gluttonous drinking phase, then grow out of it. I drank like a fish at 17, but hardly ever drink now.
Oh funny story – Fiance had his first drink at 3 !! His mum found him and his older brother passed out behind the couch after attacking a bottle of whiskey they’d found. She couldn’t send him to school the next day, he was that sick. He never touched whiskey again!
Post # 11
@Mrs Grape: I thought I was drinking ginger ale from my mom’s glass when I was around five too but it was really beer. I drink more now but I wonder if that turned me away from drinking for a while because it was such an awful surprise.
Post # 12
@mandb122: The truth is, it wasn’t really much of a surprise–even at that age, I was aware that my mother was an alcoholic. The taste, however…ick! I still hate the taste of beer, and the smell makes me nauseous.
Post # 13
@aunt pol:hahaha I cannot imagine what whiskey at 3 years old would taste like. Your not smart enough to chase it with anything. Whiskey isn’t even that good now. haha
@Mrs Grape:That is pretty wild that she keeps her alcohol in a pop can. I’de be pretty confused why my Pepsi tasted so funny.
Post # 14
I might have tried wine if my parents had it laying out. But, I probably would have smelled it and wanted nothing to do with it. If I did it, it was probably by accident or I was curious.
I never really had the urge to try it or never was peer pressured to try it. If I was peer pressured, I didn’t want to. I think I remember trying a wine cooler when I was 16 maybe.
I think my dad driving us home drunk and praying we would get home in one piece is probably what got me not really interested in alcohol. I did drink a lot when I was in college but that urge to drink got out of my system in about 2-3 years. I’m hardly a drinker now. I drink fruity drinks like pina colodas and I can’t drink beer. Oh, I might be able to slowly sip on some wine.
Post # 15
My first sip? About 14. It was new years and my sister in-law is Irish and they wouldn’t let us youngun’s miss out on a sip of champagne, lol. First drink? About 16-17. That was my first and last drink until I reached the legal drinking age of 19 (Ontario).
Post # 16
I had my first sip when I was very young and drank a sip of my dad’s rum and coke. I drank voluntarily starting at 13. I started drinking regularly around 15. I mostly drank liquor, but now I like good beers and wine too.