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34 Things Everyone Who Grew Up Drinking In Britain Has Done

From Babycham to Jägerbombs.

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1. Your first taste of alcohol probably came when your parents let you have some buck’s fizz at Christmas.

Or maybe it was a small glass of Babycham to celebrate NYE.

2. If your parents weren't too strict, they'd allow you to drink at a family BBQ.

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3. At which point you'd inevitably overdo it and make a complete twat of yourself.

4. You began ~stealing~ drinks from your parents' alcohol cupboard.

Even though it was mostly filled with spirits you couldn't pronounce and bottles they'd been given at Christmas.
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Even though it was mostly filled with spirits you couldn't pronounce and bottles they'd been given at Christmas.

5. Which you'd drink at the house of that one friend whose parents were never there.

God bless that friend's irresponsible parents.
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God bless that friend's irresponsible parents.

6. You'd try and almost definitely fail to buy alcohol yourself without ID.

It didn't help that you went to the till looking like you were about to shit yourself.
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It didn't help that you went to the till looking like you were about to shit yourself.

7. At which point you'd try to get a friend's older sibling to buy some alcohol for you.

They never did, and if you were really brave you have even tried asking a stranger to get you some booze.
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They never did, and if you were really brave you have even tried asking a stranger to get you some booze.

8. Luckily you had that one friend who was more likely than anyone else to get served.

Because they were super-tall, big-breasted, or had a passable moustache.

9. When you'd acquired your contraband, you would then proceed to drink it in a park.

Somewhere in a corner, where no one who knew your parents would ever see you.
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Somewhere in a corner, where no one who knew your parents would ever see you.

10. If you could choose to drink anything at this stage of your life, it would be alcopops.

It was the only alcohol that you really liked the taste of.

11. But to seem more mature, you settled on cider for some reason.

Strongbow made you feel like a real adult.
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Strongbow made you feel like a real adult.

12. And eventually you made the switch from the premium brand names to something like Frosty Jack's.

You had even less money than you did taste.
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You had even less money than you did taste.

13. After one long afternoon session, you woke up the next morning discovering what a hangover is.

14. You eventually heard about that one local pub that would definitely serve you underage.

It was a rubbish pub, but beggars can't be choosers.
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It was a rubbish pub, but beggars can't be choosers.

15. And you'd designate the task of going up and buying the drinks to one person.

If they got served, it was their job to go up and buy the drinks all night, which often gave them a free pass on paying for their own round.

16. Getting served made you a little cocky and you tried to get into an actual club without ID.

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17. You may have even gotten your hands on a fake ID.

Or tried to pass off somebody else's as your own.
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Or tried to pass off somebody else's as your own.

18. But you always had that one friend who'd let the team down by wearing trainers.

"Seriously, if you hadn't worn trainers they definitely wouldn't have known we were underage."
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"Seriously, if you hadn't worn trainers they definitely wouldn't have known we were underage."

19. At some point one of the cooler kids would hold a house party.

It was always the kid with the rich, neglectful parents.
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It was always the kid with the rich, neglectful parents.

20. You'd bring a bottle of Lambrini, because you were classy like that.

This shit could really get you fucked up.

21. Inevitably, the point would come when some of your friends were old enough to drink, and some of them were not.

This was always tricky when they were ID-ing at the door and your younger friends couldn't get in.
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This was always tricky when they were ID-ing at the door and your younger friends couldn't get in.

22. When you first turned 18 years old you'd flash your ID at doubtful bouncers and barmen with a smug self-confidence.

23. But eventually things got a little less exciting.

You kind of started to miss the effort and teamwork that used to go into getting pissed.
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You kind of started to miss the effort and teamwork that used to go into getting pissed.

24. So you tried to make things a little more exciting by drinking on a train.

There's nothing classier than mini bottles of Echo Falls and pre-mixed cans of cocktails.

25. And pre- drinks became a vital part of your night-out routine.

26. You had one night where you got so drunk on a certain drink that you'll never drink it again.

EVER.
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EVER.

27. This led you to discover what a REAL hangover is.

28. Looking around you and realising that everyone else is only 18.

You were the young ones once. Were you that noticeably young then?!
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You were the young ones once. Were you that noticeably young then?!

29. When you first ordered wine at a restaurant you felt classy as fuck.

And it was the second-least expensive one, so as not to look cheap.
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And it was the second-least expensive one, so as not to look cheap.

30. You have even reached the height of adult sophistication by bringing a bottle of wine to a dinner party.

And drunk an unreasonable amount of Pimm's during the summer.

31. You've spent waaay too much on a fancy cocktail.

Anything over £6 for a cocktail is honestly a little ridiculous.
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Anything over £6 for a cocktail is honestly a little ridiculous.

32. And probably drunk overpriced gin from a mason jar.

33. But now you only drink alcohol you actually like, because the only person you drink to impress is yourself.