I'm 19, female, not that it really matters of I'm male or female, but whatever lol. Anyway, I am now legal drinking age for where I live.
I have never drank any alcohol, except for one sip of cherry whisky. That's it.
My parents pouded it into my head that alcohol is "the devil" and never to touch it. But I honestly don't think it's that bad. When I told my parents that, I was informed that my grandfather (on my mothers side) used to be an alcoholic. I don't really know how to react to that.
-Does that hat mean if I drink I will become an alcoholic as well?
-How concerned should I be?
-If I decide to drink how much is to much?
-How do I know my limits?
I don't want to drink a lot. Maybe just socially. Like a drink here and there.
Also- what should I drink?
Wine? Beer? Rum? What? Lol.
Thanks for your help!
Most Helpful Guy
The predisposition to addiction (alcoholism in this case) IS genetic, so there is definitely a real risk.
EVERY addict starts off believing they are drinking or using drugs or whatever for FUN - to have a good time. NONE of them think they'll ever have a problem - but many, many of them quickly do.
People who aren't genetically predisposed to alcoholism can have one or two drinks every so often and stop drinking because they've decided they're done, and they can get totally smashed sometimes, and drinking has little negative effect on them.
Addicts take a few sips and they can't stop until they're wasted - and then they need to get wasted again ASAP. They can't stop - they tell themselves that they don't WANT to stop, but the truth is that they usually can't even though they eventually want to stop.
I can't tell you what will happen to you - maybe someday soon there will be a test - but you can avoid the risk entirely by not drinking. Choosing not to drink won't kill you - heck, it won't even prevent you from having fun or having friends, even if they drink.
Your parents lived through alcoholism, and so they've seen what it can do to people. One of my best friends lost 27 years to alcoholism, so I've seen it too. He's been sober for 2 years, but he's a shell of who he was, and most of his potential has been squandered by the bottle.
I'm not suggesting that this is everyone's experience - obviously it isn't - but if there is a known risk, it's at least worth thinking carefully about...0
Most Helpful Girl
if you drink I would start really small. Like shot of vodka once a month with a mix of pineapple juice, that was my first drink and I did it when I was 22 and in Thailand with some group of colleagues. Now if you get older and have a love interest, I would recommend buying moscato wine or however you spell it. One bottle should last you about three months, I barely drink if you couldn't tell. My parents were non-alcoholics and I grew up not drinking much.0