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Presumably, a major part of fresher's week is alcohol. Since I never tasted it before, I decided to buy a beer today, and oh my does this taste horribly! I'd rather puke than finish it off. I even tried to mix it up with cola or juice, or just dilute it with water, with no substantial success.

Now, some claim it's possible to enjoy freshers without drinking, but how much would I miss out? Can I somehow get myself to enjoy alcohol? I'd much rather socialise with people who drink than with the "odd types" as someone refered to them, or with Muslims, which in my case would be problematic (don't blame me if that remark is skewed, in my country the media potrays them as the most homophobic group out there).
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I drink loads and I hate the taste of lager, other drinks such as pitchers from spoons or vodka coke etc are sooo much better

Don't feel pressured to drink but don't use taste as an excuse not to! Maybe talk to your flat mates about it and they can teach you the ways 👍🏼
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If you really do want to drink to fit in, try getting something like vodka and vimto when you go out or something, it tastes pretty good and gets you drunk. Although I'd recommend drinking at home with some friends if it's the first time you've ever drank or gotten drunk. Last thing you want to do is to go OTT without realising and chunder, ruining everyone's night or something equally stupid
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(Original post by Cookiezi)
Presumably, a major part of fresher's week is alcohol. Since I never tasted it before, I decided to buy a beer today, and oh my does this taste horribly! I'd rather puke than finish it off. I even tried to mix it up with cola or juice, with no substantial success.

Now, some claim it's possible to enjoy freshers without drinking, but how much would I miss out? Can I somehow get myself to enjoy alcohol? I'd much rather socialise with people who drink than with the "odd types" as someone refered to them, nor with Muslims, which in my case would be problematic (don't blame me if that remark is skewed, the country I live in has virtually no Muslim population, and the media potrays them as the most homophobic group out there).
Noooo beer and mixer Beer is an acquired taste - if you've never drank before try alcopops such as WKD of Smirnoff Ice? They have the alcohol content but taste just like a soft drink! Or a weak vodka mixer - Vodka/Coke Vodka/Orange might be an idea.
However you don't have to drink and shouldn't feel pressured too. Even at my uni (Leeds) we had people in our social group who either didn't drink/drank v little on a night out and still had a good time! They came on nights out and maybe just had a few alcopops/Shots to get relatively drunk during freshers.

Have fun and don't feel pressured to drink if you don't like it! You can honestly enjoy freshers sober / drinking minimally and won't miss out on the social side
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Cola with beer...? Hahah only on tsr

Try cider, you'll prob like it cause its a lot more sugary.
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The usual approach is to have hard liquors mixed with what is essentially coloured high fructose corn syrup in the form of overpriced cocktails. After two or three of those, you'll be more than drunk enough

Just avoid Long Island Iced Tea - there is no tea in it, I assure you, and it is lethal for the day after due to the sugar content

Alternately just...don't drink. Just get a soft drink and drink that. Sure it's overpriced but, you're all sat around drinking together (regardless of whether those are alcoholic or not) and probably cheaper than the alcoholic drinks so...
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As indicated, those weren't my words.
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Lol, did you really try and mix beer with orange juice? :rofl:

Mix vodka and coke, or dark rum and coke-or any rum really.
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If you don't like the taste of Lager, try a blackcurrant cider (kopparberg) or a mixer like Jack Daniels and coke or vodka and coke.
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(Original post by Cookiezi)
Presumably, a major part of fresher's week is alcohol. Since I never tasted it before, I decided to buy a beer today, and oh my does this taste horribly! I'd rather puke than finish it off. I even tried to mix it up with cola or juice, or just dilute it with water, with no substantial success.

Now, some claim it's possible to enjoy freshers without drinking, but how much would I miss out? Can I somehow get myself to enjoy alcohol? I'd much rather socialise with people who drink than with the "odd types" as someone refered to them, or with Muslims, which in my case would be problematic (don't blame me if that remark is skewed, in my country the media potrays them as the most homophobic group out there).
Beer is most certainly an acquired taste. Fruit ciders like kopparberg and rekorderlig may be more to your tastes.
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Omg beer and orange juice please never do that again.

I agree that beer is generally not a pleasant drink. Years ago I didn't really like it, now I can drink lager and beer and find it okay and sometimes preferable. Just try diff alcoholic drinks until you find something that you like. There are lots of diff liquours with lots of diff flavours. I'm sure you'll like something like cointreau at least.
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Cider is much stronger in taste than lager.
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Stick to ciders like Strongbow, Kopparberg, Rekorderlig, or vodka/rum mixers and you should be ok. Try and avoid Westons cider otherwise you're going to be very drunk very quickly, and don't overdo the jaegerbombs.

Desperados is a pretty good beer for people who don't like beer, but don't match it volume for volume with beer as that would be a mistake. If you drink 1 bottle for every pint the people around you drink then that would be a pretty good tactic.
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(Original post by Cookiezi)
Presumably, a major part of fresher's week is alcohol. Since I never tasted it before, I decided to buy a beer today, and oh my does this taste horribly! I'd rather puke than finish it off. I even tried to mix it up with cola or juice, or just dilute it with water, with no substantial success.

Now, some claim it's possible to enjoy freshers without drinking, but how much would I miss out? Can I somehow get myself to enjoy alcohol? I'd much rather socialise with people who drink than with the "odd types" as someone refered to them, or with Muslims, which in my case would be problematic (don't blame me if that remark is skewed, in my country the media potrays them as the most homophobic group out there).
Just tagged a few people in
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Haha, good to know I'm an "odd type" then. :/
I very rarely drink, and when I do it's a small glass of wine that I don't even finish. I never got to live my teen years like everyone else due to illness, so that's one reason. The other being I don't see the fun in it, haha

What I'll say OP, is be careful. I've heard mixing drinks with other alcoholic drinks (don't ask me what, because I don't know) really isn't good, lol. It probably won't take much before the room is spinning, if you've never had alcohol before. But, have a fun freshers
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Presumably, a major part of fresher's week is alcohol. Since I never tasted it before, I decided to buy a beer today, and oh my does this taste horribly! I'd rather puke than finish it off. I even tried to mix it up with cola or juice, or just dilute it with water, with no substantial success.

Now, some claim it's possible to enjoy freshers without drinking, but how much would I miss out? Can I somehow get myself to enjoy alcohol? I'd much rather socialise with people who drink than with the "odd types" as someone refered to them, or with Muslims, which in my case would be problematic (don't blame me if that remark is skewed, in my country the media potrays them as the most homophobic group out there).

Hey Cookiezi,

I was in the same boat when I was 18! I wasn't a big drinker at all, and 5 years later I still don't really enjoy the taste of straight alcohol Some tips for freshers week/drinking in general:

1) Take it easy - don't feel like you have to join in with the crazy drinking games or go shot for shot with your flatmates. Trust me, it's better to know your limits and maybe get a little light teasing from your housemates than to make a fool of yourself by getting sick in front of all of them.

2) Start on something 'soft' - don't immediately try to drink straight whiskey or rums. WKD or Smirnoff Ice (known as alcopops) are generally good starting points. After that, you may want to progress to fruit ciders (like Rekorderlig, Old Mout or Kopparberg) or weaker spirits like Malibu or Archers with a mixer. Once you've gotten used to drinking and worked out what your limits are, you could start trying vodka mixers and shots (do NOT get Tequila as your first shot. Tequila is no one's friend haha).

3) Don't mix your drinks - This applies more to spirits, beer and wine rather than alcopops. I've found that if I drink more than one or two types of drinks, I'm much more likely to have a bad hangover the next day, and a lot of my friends say the same thing. So if you start drinking vodka, stick to vodka. Don't get a vodka, then a glass of wine, then a beer/cider as it could make you feel ill.

4) If you don't feel like drinking, don't drink - Easy as that. Lots of people don't need any alcohol to have a great time. For those that do, I think that says more about them than it does about you.

Hope this helps, and have a great freshers' week!!

All the best,
Ashley
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