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32 Signs You Learned To Drink In Britain

It's all about the Strongbow and Apple Sourz.

1. First things first, you adhered closely to the law, and wouldn't have dreamed of drinking alcohol before the age of 18.

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Sort of.

2. There's a good chance the first time you had a drink was in a park, cunningly hidden behind some bushes away from adult eyes.

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There are actually twenty-three 14-year-olds in this photo.

3. You had one friend who could actually get served, usually a guy who'd had a growth spurt early and developed a crappy beard.

"Look upon my stubble, for I am a MAN." Honest.

4. Or there was one specific girl who could always seem to get served, and there was just no logical reason why.

Boobs. It was because she had boobs.

5. If neither of them were around, you had to resort to asking someone's older brother, or, at absolute worst, a stranger to go to the nearest Nisa for you.!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sUnr9sOHKISNQ2ElH8c2Ruw!2e0

Suddenly, all the drinks seemed to get much more expensive. Weird, that.

6. You still have very strong, and not always positive, memories associated with Strongbow.

7. Especially if it came in a 2-litre plastic bottle.

8. If not Strongbow, maybe Frosty Jack's was your thing.

Sure, "sharing" bottle.

9. Unless you were very classy, and went with Lambrini, or Caribbean Twist.

10. Eventually, you were convinced you looked 18, and figured out the only shop in the local area that would happily serve your clearly underage self.

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They knew. That old dude in the newsagent definitely knew – he just didn't care. Though at the time, you were sure it was your undeniable air of maturity that did it.

11. When you first tried to buy something in a shop, you discovered you had no idea what you were supposed to be drinking, however.

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Often resulting in you buying whatever you saw your parents drink. Which was not a good idea.

12. Then you found out about a pub that was very lenient on its ID-checking policy, and that was exciting.

13. Though in reality you just found the darkest corner and hid there, hoping no one would suddenly decide to throw you out.

14. This was probably around the time you were drinking some ludicrously, vividly coloured drinks.

15. Which means you also know that WKD Blue stays blue, even when you're puking it up.

Even if it wasn't actually you puking.

16. Then house parties were a thing, so you know the joys of everyone drinking from one massive bowl. Which had everything in it.

Yeah, "punch," that's what that is...

17. House parties were also when you first learnt hard lessons about passing out in the wrong places.

And you never drank too much again.

18. And then spent the next day desperately trying to hide your crushing hangover from your parents.

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19. Then you ended up borrowing someones ID to get into clubs, and desperately memorising their star sign.

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Especially in that weird year when some of your friends had turned 18 and others hadn't.

20. Or figuring out a weird tactic to get you in, like showing up at 8pm, and waiting around for hours until it actually filled.

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21. You probably went through a period of drinking Apple Sourz because you thought it was edgy.

But a few years later you were drinking it again because it was cheap.

22. You have very strong opinions about the actual rules of Ring of Fire.

23. Despite now firmly believing that drinking games are for children and Americans.

What the bollocks are you people doing?

24. You still have to fight the urge to order a shot when your order doesn't quite reach the card limit.

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25. There's at least one spirit you'll never be able to drink again.

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Probably tequila. Sometimes sambuca.

26. You primarily associate Jagerbombs with pain and regret.

Despite feeling hungover just looking at them, you probably would still have one though.

27. You're weirdly confident that you're a more competent human when slightly drunk.

28. Your pool skills, for example, peak after a few drinks.

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29. You still believe beer tastes better in the park.

It's what summer is for.

30. You fully accept the main reason for taking a train journey is to drink on the the train.

31. Hell, you'll have a drink at any time or place!

32. And of course, you will never, ever, EVER be able to break the round system.

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