How old were you when you had your first drink?

Asked by Jane Belanger

January 5, 2011

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Christian Gutierrez

From Chula Vista (Marketing)

I was probably 14 or 15. I went down to Tijuana — because I grew up in San Diego. I’m not a big beer guy, so I went into a bar and got a rum and Coke.

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Karen Lane

From Point Loma (Healthcare Executive)

I think I was about 14. My father used to always order a Tom Collins. We were out to dinner at a nice restaurant and he said, “Would you like to taste this?” I said, “Sure!” He slid it over. I thought it was kind of nasty! Forever I tried to drink that drink and turn it into something healthier. I would have gin and diet tonic with a lot of lime. I had that drink for a lot of years until I realized it wouldn’t be the gin that would kill me — it would be the diet soda. So I stopped drinking it.

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Chandra Slaven

From North Park (Senior Sustainability Planner)

I was 12. It was a Budweiser, my parents’ beer. I was in junior high. I remember sneaking it with all my girlfriends in my bedroom. We thought we were so badass. Little did we know that Budweiser sucks!

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Susan Buckley

From Rancho Bernardo (Retired)

I don’t remember the exact first drink, but two things come to mind. My girlfriend and I were at my step-grandmother’s and she gave us beer — I think we might have been 14 or 15. The other one was when my girlfriend would spend the night at my house and we’d get into my dad’s liquor cabinet. We’d try to drink whiskey and it just tasted so horrible! I thought, How could anyone drink that? It’s just awful! Then we’d put a little water in the bottle.

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Lester O'Connor

From Hillcrest (Student)

I was a late bloomer. I was probably, like, 16 or 17. I remember exactly what it was: Zima, with Skittles inside to make it more colorful. It dyes the drink. I don’t remember liking it. I didn’t start drinking regularly until about three years ago, and I’m 28 now.


I Am Stardirt Jan. 9, 2011 @ 12:41 p.m.

My Dad took me to the bar with him when I was a toddler. I would sit at the bar eating pickled eggs and hot sausage. He would sprinkle salt over his beer and I would sip from his glass.

This was in Iuka, Mississippi 1962. Today that behavior on the part of my Dad would not be tolerated.


Evelyn Jan. 11, 2011 @ 3:06 p.m.

17 isn't late blooming. I was 20 when I had my first drink. NYE 2007/2008.


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