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Dionysus
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(Original post by Gamaya)

I've never been properly drunk
Therein lies the problem. It all seems rather pointless and very expensive until you've been wasted at least once. At the same time, don't go beyond your safe limits. As for the fact that you're underage, frankly going out underage sucks, especially if the people you are with are legal. Wait until you're 18, it's a lot more fun.
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(Original post by Gamaya)
I am 17 and I drink. Not excessively. Once every couple of days I'll have maybe a bottle of lager, normally either Stella or Carlsberg, at home, usually with my evening meal or when I'm watching a game of football. Every once in a while I'll be invited to a party where I'll drink a little more.

I've never been properly drunk, although seeing what others look like and behave like when drunk has put me off getting wasted. I'll get tipsy and I'm fine with that. I also at parties sometimes get this guilty feeling of underage drinking. I'll get p!553d when I'm 18, that's what I tell myself tbh.

Basically, I have these friends who mainly girls who keep asking me if I'll go out drinking with them. a) I obviously have no proof of age as I'm underage and b) I doubt I look 18. Also, "going out" drinking worries me in that if something feasibly went a bit wrong I'd have to make my way home etc at night etc. I know this sounds stupid but is it a worry based in nothing? I'm not that big a fan of clubs etc, which is where they mainly go. They keep going on at me like "you hate going out drinking don't you" and even though i have no personal problem with alcohol, i have a problem with underage drinking, getting into whichever club it is, buying the drinks, and not getting too wasted. also these girls get p!55ed well easily.

Should I just ignore them and wait until I'm 18 so i have nowt to worry about? What would the consequence be if i was caught underage drinking?

This is a genuine issue for me, so please answer whole heartedly with a degree of sensitivity.

PS its not exactly embarassing so no need for anon
Bars also sell soft drinks, you dont have to go out and get wasted. I dont drink alcohol at all and i go to parties all the time. I have just as much fun if not more because i dont have to deal with the after effects. Dont drink if you dont want to, buy soft drinks, I doubt anybody will care
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(Original post by Dionysus)
Therein lies the problem. It all seems rather pointless and very expensive until you've been wasted at least once.
Personally I'd say it seems pretty pointless and very expensive even though I've been wasted at least once.
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In exact the same way that people go to prison for having sex with people they meet in 18+ clubs but who turn out to actually be underaged.
I think that they would have a pretty good case in court if the person had told them they were legal age (and lied). You don't exactly ask to look at a persons ID before you sleep with them.
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(Original post by sabby ohh)
I think that they would have a pretty good case in court if the person had told them they were legal age (and lied). You don't exactly ask to look at a persons ID before you sleep with them.
Unfortunatly it seems your legal viewpoints arnt shared by the actual law. Even if someone lies about their age, its still illegal and people WILL go to jail:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/e...on/6750317.stm

Id also recommend reading the thread at:

http://www.unicef.org/voy/discussion...ead.php?t=3110

Which contains alot of people posting about their personal experiences or those of close friend/relatives whom have been charged and jailed for having underaged sex despite the underaged person lying about their age (in one case she even had a fake id saying she was 18).
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Unfortunatly it seems your legal viewpoints arnt shared by the actual law. Even if someone lies about their age, its still illegal and people WILL go to jail:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/e...on/6750317.stm

Id also recommend reading the thread at:

http://www.unicef.org/voy/discussion...ead.php?t=3110

Which contains alot of people posting about their personal experiences or those of close friend/relatives whom have been charged and jailed for having underaged sex despite the underaged person lying about their age (in one case she even had a fake id saying she was 18).
http://www.parliament.uk/commons/lib...0/rp00-015.pdf
read page 18? Unless this has changed and I am not aware of it.

It probably does happen, but the first link you posted made it seem like the girl had not actually told him she was above the age of consent, "The girl had told Foster, of Brittania Avenue, Dartmouth, she was aged 15." and therefore the judge didn't believe that the man had reasonable grounds for believing she was over 16... and the second link was mostly about people in america??
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Ah i think you may be right then. I was basing my knowledge on a conviction of someone in my home town that happened a couple of years ago whereby he met a girl in a club who turned out to be underaged. The 2003 admended Act does allow for a defence of Reasonable belief, but does not give guidelines for reasonable.
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