it is time to decide for yourself. What is all the hoopla about?
Read on to find out more about this significant first #Encounter which will feature in multiple memories all through your life.
Step 1: The Why?
The “cool” factor is about trying to fit in. Then, curiosity of why everyone raves about it, why every celebration goes around “Where are the drinks?”
and why “Open bar” on an invite is enough to change minds of the most socially awkward people. For some, it is to experience the
much hushed about “high” and really ‘feel’ it.
Step 2: The When?
Any occasion is good enough when it’s time to prove you’re a grown up. Legal ages for drinking alcohol vary across the world.
In India, it varies from 18-25 across states, with some declaring it illegal and some with different age limits for different drinks.
Yes, you can have a beer but not for the whisky.While the strict advice is to follow the legal age, there are hidden sorties planned much before that.
Such a hurry!
Step 3: The Who?
While some share their first drink with parents, the most thrill is in the forbidden pleasure and hence with partners in crime.
A slightly grown up friend with a sly “Haven’t you tried it yet?”
and swiftly switching a glass into your hand or a group of friends planning the first escapade is most likely.
Step 4: The Where?
Scene of crime: Topmost is home – Home alone or a farmhouse on a weekend. A slightly secure place for this insecure antic being planned.
Windows shut, drapes drawn, glasses out and go!
Step 5: The What and How?
BEER– the MEN obsession and also easy on the pocket.Vodkabeing transparent is easy to disguise and wipe from the liquor cabinet (Shhh!).
Wine, the much sniffed about classy drink is another bet. Then if you want to cross the line but not really cross it, there are Breezers .
With just 5% alcohol, these taste like soft drinks.
Step 6: Down to Business
shout “Cheers” to calm the shaky nerves and SIP! Hmm, was it worth it?
Step 7: The after shocks
almost bitter. Plain vodka tastes like a mouthful of chemical. Wine, depending on the type, can range from smoky and strong to sweet.
Most likely, your first reaction will be ‘Yuck’.
You will try hard to keep a straight face. You may gulp it down (Mistake #1) or sip with difficulty or put it away (#Rare).
Whatever the case, most do not get drunk with their first drink unless they have gone with Mistake #1 repeatedly.
Step 8: The follow up
Good quality liquor and taste distinctions will then follow. For some, the first taste itself would be bad enough to make lifelong teetotallers.
Not a bad decision (#Prayer)!!
For the rest, you’ve made it. Be responsible, be sensible, be discerning and yes, have fun. Cheers!
How was your first #Encounter?