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19 Firsts Everyone Who Learned To Drink In Britain Goes Through

The first time you didn't buy the cheapest brand of vodka is a big deal.

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1. The first time your parents went out and you were brave enough to steal something from the back of their drinks cabinet.

It was probably some gross spirit that a friend they don't like very much brought back from Croatia.
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It was probably some gross spirit that a friend they don't like very much brought back from Croatia.

2. The first time you discovered you could top up their gin with water and they wouldn't notice.

And their whiskey and vodka, but not that weird ouzo because it goes cloudy.
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And their whiskey and vodka, but not that weird ouzo because it goes cloudy.

3. The first time you worked up the courage to try and buy some alcopops from the corner shop.

And you realised they didn't give a shit and would serve literally anyone.
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And you realised they didn't give a shit and would serve literally anyone.

4. The first time you went to a park at night time with the sole purpose of getting drunk.

5. The first time you went to a park to get drunk and it was actually fucking freezing.

You've never needed that beer jacket so badly.
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You've never needed that beer jacket so badly.

6. The first time you bought yourself some Lambrini and felt real classy.

7. The first time you discovered how you can get the most drunk for the least amount of money.

8. The first time you discovered Glen's: The exciting vodka.

And you realised you could mix it with squash and make a perfectly palatable cocktail.
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And you realised you could mix it with squash and make a perfectly palatable cocktail.

9. The first time you were amazed at how cheap Vodkat was, and then the first time you discovered that it was only 20%.

Outrage!

10. The first time you mixed yourself a drink for the road.

And now you always make sure to make yourself some journey juice.
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And now you always make sure to make yourself some journey juice.

11. The first time you found a pub that would actually serve you, and you would sit in the back and try as hard as you can not to get noticed.

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12. The first time you lied to your parents by saying you're totally sleeping over at Tracy's house when in fact you were out all night, probably in a field.

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13. The first time you played a drinking game and felt like you were in an American college movie.

But actually you were just drinking sharing bottles of Strongbow in someone's mum's front room.
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But actually you were just drinking sharing bottles of Strongbow in someone's mum's front room.

14. The first time you went to an actual proper house party.

Or at least something that was meant to be a house party.
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Or at least something that was meant to be a house party.

15. The first time you took took a bottle of Cactus Jack's to a "gathering" and took shots.

Probably out of some shot glasses that someone's parents bought as a souvenir from Malta in 1989.
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Probably out of some shot glasses that someone's parents bought as a souvenir from Malta in 1989.

16. The first time you borrow someone's ID / alter a photocopy of your passport on MS Paint / actually buy a fake ID.

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"Yeh, I don't like bringing my passport out with me so I bring this totally legit photocopy instead."

17. The first time you went clubbing and got to club at 8:30pm because someone told you the bouncers don't get there until nine.

18. The first time you buy a bottle of wine that costs more than five pounds.

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Boxed wine doesn't count.

19. The first time you can actually buy alcohol legally from a supermarket and it's a massive anti-climax.

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But basics vodka tastes so much better than Glen's.