I'm 20 right now and turning 21 in a month. I just tried half a wine glass of "Kendall Jackson's Grand Reserve Merlot" just for the hell of it because I was bored and wanted to experiment. The smell was bad and the taste was bad. I forced myself to finished that half glass and every sip after the previous was just worse. I felt like I needed to puke after the last sip. Right now I can feel my face being hot and a bit of a headache. I also feel a bit of pressure pressing on the side of my head. It's a bit harder to concentrate/focus and had difficulty walking from my room to the kitchen. I still feel sober though.
This was the 3rd time that I've tried alcohol. The first time was an extremely small amount of Heineken beer that my brother finished for me because I hated the bitterness of it. The second time was some fruity cooler thingy that had very low alcohol content from what I was told. Apparently, I got a red face according to my family and I felt crappy to. This time I feel worse than that previous time. (Maybe due to the higher alcohol content?) All of these times were with my family so was all good.
I keep giving alcohol a try but it's not really working so far. I'm planning to try give it a few more tries because I'm assuming it's the brand and type of alcohol I'm trying. I really want to see what the big deal is about with alcohol and why my friends and family like it so much. Thus I only have one question in mind. Does it get any better?
Alcohol is indeed an acquired taste. However, there are some forms of alcohol that don't suite you while others (obviously) do.
I tend to prefer white wine over red wine, 'halfom' (no English name afaik, it's regular blonde beer mixed with table beer) over regular pure beer, wodka over rum etc. It's just a matter of trial and error really. Perhaps a bit of time as well.
DO TRY TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND DON'T START TO BINGE DRINK TRYING TO FIND WHAT YOU LIKE!
(yes capital as some people are obviously incapable of understanding responsible drinking)
As somebody who's been alcohol dependant for the past year or so, and recently started getting off it with the help of my doctor, I can only suggest staying away completely if you can help it.
I was pouring £100 a week into alcohol that I drank at home, and £80+ on a night out, which just used up my full wage slip every month. It's genuinely life-ruining if you get to that point - the negative effects far outweigh the positive in all honesty. The only positive thing I found that I got from it was more confidence.
If you really feel like you NEED to try alcohol properly, try a shot of Jack Daniel's or Jameson mixed with coke (I wouldn't suggest double/triples yet if you just want to try it) or some Irish coffee (If you like coffee, of course)
You may even prefer cocktails or alcopops.. I dunno, it's about trying different things and finding "your drink"
If you don't like the hard stuff by it's self I recommend find a nice smooth liquor to mix with it.
Baileys Irish Creme?
Kahlua coffee liquor?
Experiment with Triple Sec and Blue Curaçao. They're generally smooth with a citrus taste.
Maybe try which ever flavor sounds best to you in Schnapps form?
But that's liquor.
Wine is a different matter... A merlot is a bad beginner win. It's a bit too dry/strong. I suggest maybe a white zinfandel.
21yrs old and drank alcohol like 5-6 times. In all of them just the bare minimum and all of those times it was disgusting. I tried beer, wine, champagne, scotch, whiskey and something else. Hated every single one fo them. I can't, and probably won't, understand how other people can even finish a single bottle of beer. If I am going to drink something alcoholic I am going to get some sort of a cocktail which tastes more like a lemonade but still retains that little bit of "tipsy" and is actually tasty.
I drink to enjoy the flavor not to get drunk.