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How old were you when you started drinking?

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by miro1231, May 6, 2015.

  1. miro1231

    miro1231 Member

    At what age did you start drinking alcohol regularly? Not just sip to try it out, but when did you actually develop a need or urge to drink as part of your routine. Do you only drink at parties and gatherings and how has that affected your personality and the way you act? Discuss.
  2. rightct

    rightct Community Champion

    I guess it happened when I was around 16 or 17 years old. I know it was a very young age, and I wish I had never been introduced to alcohol ( someone older than me bought alcohol from the store and gave it to me ) just because it persisted for such a long time, and it was quite hard to give up on it thereafter.
    Now I don't drink that much anymore, and when I do, it's only at parties or friend meetings. This is how alcohol should be consumed, in my opinion.
  3. RHill

    RHill Member

    Regularly and socially at 16. I was never a problem then though. My head was relatively screwed on at that point in my life. Things began to derail later. I wouldn't say the young age at which I was introduced to alcohol had too much to do with why or how it became a serious problem in my life.
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  4. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    I started drinking steadily at the age of 18. Yes it was illegal and I think that's what made it exciting and fun. My friends and young and dumb. That continued on for years. But you know I grew and out of it. I'm here now on the site letting everyone know that I have moved on and out of the reach of alcohol.
  5. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    I was quite young unfortunately, I think my first drink was probably ar about 12 or 13.

    Then I regularly started drinking at about 16. I was lucky enough, or unlucky enough to look older than I was so being served wasn't really an issue, especially in local shops.
  6. musicmonster

    musicmonster Senior Contributor

    I wasn't really a drunkard. But I first tasted alcohol when I was 19.
  7. CallipygianGamine

    CallipygianGamine Community Champion

    I was 19, it was at a family party, and it was quite unpleasant. Which didn’t stop me from going on some benders at parties with my former friends. I’ve since stopped that. I’ll have the occasional drink with people I trust, but beyond that I don’t really enjoy it.
  8. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    I got to taste alcohol at an early age because my parents weren't at all that strict and secretive about the whole ordeal. I guess they were secure enough with how they were raising me to know I wouldn't abuse it. I really started to drink regularly when I was at university but I quickly stopped after leaving.
  9. Rowe992

    Rowe992 Senior Contributor

    I had my first taste of alcohol when I was about years old. I am now in my twenties and I have never used my money to buy an alcohol beverage for the purpose of drinking neither can I remember the last time I had a beer to drink. I just don't like the taste of most of these alcohol beverages and don't see what the attraction is.
  10. AAngelo

    AAngelo Senior Contributor

    I had my first drink when I was 17 after my high school graduation. I started to drink regularly a few months later in college. It started out at parties and hanging out with people. As time flew by, I started drinking more frequently up to the point that I drank everyday whether I was alone or with friends.
  11. johnny

    johnny Member

    I started drinking probably around the age 15. It was a horrible regret although thankfully i never became a full blown alcoholic. Learn from me and don't make the same mistake.
  12. aztec99

    aztec99 Member

    I was 17 years old, and it was after I joined the Navy. I have casually drank alcohol all of my life, but never became addicted to it. I am 58 years old, and I haven't had a mixed drink over 3 months.
  13. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    I had my first drink when I was around 12-13 but it didn't really become part of my social life unitl I started college at 17. Thankfully, I never drank too frequently but I would sometimes get drunk.
  14. FuZyOn

    FuZyOn Community Champion

    I started to slowly drink when I was 13, only a beer once in a while, nothing harmful. This evolved into an addiction that I wasn't able to control and when I was 16 I started to get wasted pretty regularly.
    I grew out of it though, but it was a very rocky road.
  15. cpinatsi

    cpinatsi Senior Contributor

    I started drinking when I was eighteen. When I actually developed a serious urge to drink though I was about nineteen years old. Not too young and certainly not too old...
  16. Corzhens

    Corzhens Active Contributor

    I actually do not drink but my best friend in high school does. She started drinking when we were in high school, we were about 14 or 15 years old. We would go to their house after school and take a snack there. And then we would linger in the backyard to chat but while chatting, she had a small bottle of her drink - I don't remember but I think it is cognac or martini. My best friend continued with her drinking habit until after college. But now she is reformed since the day she got married.
  17. superbobby

    superbobby Active Contributor

    I started drinking at 16. My high school friends peer-pressured me into it.
  18. amethyst

    amethyst Community Champion

    It's interesting to observe that most people here started drinking around the age of 16. That's when I also had my first experience of being drunk. I always had friends who were older than me, and they bought me my first bottle of wine. I remember it so clearly. I had three glasses of Lambrusco, went to the bathroom and suddenly couldn't get up anymore. I called out for someone to help me. It was embarrassing, as I was on the toilet, feeling extremely dizzy and not exactly sure about what was going on with me. My friends thought it was hilarious, seeing me like that. It took me almost a week to recover from that awful experience.
  19. Pirottz

    Pirottz Member

    I unfortunately had my first drink at 5, although it didnt become an addiction until 12. Now i am still drinking at least 4/7 days of a week, and by drinking i mean, getting drunk till unconcious. Im fighting to stop but its hard.
  20. Dominica

    Dominica Recovery Advocate @ Moving Beyond Codependency Community Listener

    @Pirottz hey there. thanks for sharing. may i ask what ways you're trying to stop? do you have a support network? attend meetings? see a therapist? just curious...

    it can be challenging to quit... which is one reason people reach out for professional help from an addiction specialist...
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