I'm 21 from England. In England you can drink alcohol in bars from the age of 18. I can honestly say I drank more alcohol before I was 18 than I have drunk in the last three years!
Indeed, 12 months ago I decided to cut out alcohol COMPLETELY!
At first I found the social pressure quite challenging but once I made the unbelievable progress that I've made with my physique I had the confidence to decline alcoholic drinks politely.
I'm happy with my definition and I don't want to lose it:
I've discovered that you certainly DO NOT need alcohol to have a good time, party lots, perform on stage, fool around and have lots of friends!
Since going alcohol free I feel more confident!
I've been in Germany for about three months now as an exchange student.
I've been to practically every student party/bar night/pub night. I know pretty much all of the guys and girls in my hall of residence by name. I have great friends and feel good.
I think everyone here is alcohol-free anyway but I just wanted to add my success story with regard to the POISON that is alcohol!!
PS So what do you drink at parties/in pubs?? Well, mineral water, when possible. Of course, juice sucks as well, especially the concentrated kind, and ESPECIALLY these menacing "juice drinks", which contain raw cane sugar, another POISON!!! You have to look out! I'm gonna post on the thread about junk food now.