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Hi I'm an international student and I'll be coming to the UK for Uni. I come from a place where there is not much of a drinking culture and I know I will be coming into a social scene with quite a bit of drinking culture in the UK. I'm open to drinking (for socialising with moderation), but am worried I won't fit in due to my inexperience in drinking. What could I do to make myself more comfortable and adapt easier?
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There are plenty of students (UK and otherwise) who don't drink for a variety of reasons, so there will be other students who don't drink. While UK school leavers do have extremely poor judgement and tend to think binge drinking is a substitute for a personality when they first go off to uni, even among those people eventually the realities of hangovers/money/studies will cause the excesses of freshers week/year to taper of a bit.

So, basically, don't worry about it too much. There will always be something else you can do with someone else as an alternative, and nobody (worth knowing anyway) will judge you for drinking responsibly.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Hi I'm an international student and I'll be coming to the UK for Uni. I come from a place where there is not much of a drinking culture and I know I will be coming into a social scene with quite a bit of drinking culture in the UK. I'm open to drinking (for socialising with moderation), but am worried I won't fit in due to my inexperience in drinking. What could I do to make myself more comfortable and adapt easier?
The drinking age in the UK is 18, hence there a plenty of people who start drinking at uni, yes there are people who have been having a few drinks before they come to to uni but its a mix.

No need to feel worried, if you want to drink then drink if you think its not for you then dont bother, theres plenty of stuff for both light/casual drinkers and non-alcoholics (ive got a good mate at uni, who just doesnt drink at all, he still comes clubbing etc. and tbh it saves him a lot of £££).
only thing is if you do decide to binge drink dont try and down a bottle of vodka night 1 (it wont go well).
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Hi I'm an international student and I'll be coming to the UK for Uni. I come from a place where there is not much of a drinking culture and I know I will be coming into a social scene with quite a bit of drinking culture in the UK. I'm open to drinking (for socialising with moderation), but am worried I won't fit in due to my inexperience in drinking. What could I do to make myself more comfortable and adapt easier?
I love clubbing, the reason, is because I love to dance. That is my main priority for 'fun' and I ask for glasses of Iced water lol and I have an amazing time. In regards to this type of scene, a lot of people drink for a 'confidence' boost or just because. I am tight so you won't find me drinking 'just because' and I don't need that boost. Perhaps just 1 shot to get you going and that's it? Otherwise why spend money on lots of drinks (when you aren't particular interested in doing so in the first place) to only end up wobbling like a fool. To each their own. You can most definitely have fun and make great friends whilst drinking moderately or not at all like myself. They won't care or know once they are off their heads anyway lol.

In regards to a more talkative social scene like a pub/bar... perhaps get 1 cocktail, that way for someone who has inexperience you can try something that is not too much, ask the bartender what they suggest for someone who is new to drinking and want something light, they are usually very nice and understand that position. Or get the non-alcoholic option but still interesting/new, a mocktail.

At the end of the day, whether you go ask for just 1 alcoholic drink or for some Orange juice, your drinking habits/preferences should not deter you from socialising or meeting new people. If someone has a problem with it, you probably do not want to be around someone who prioritises alcohol as a factor for a good friendship anyway lol.

Best of luck! Have lots of fun!!
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Hi I'm an international student and I'll be coming to the UK for Uni. I come from a place where there is not much of a drinking culture and I know I will be coming into a social scene with quite a bit of drinking culture in the UK. I'm open to drinking (for socialising with moderation), but am worried I won't fit in due to my inexperience in drinking. What could I do to make myself more comfortable and adapt easier?
As already mentioned you will find plenty of students and groups that don't drink.

I drank far too much when I was a student. It seemed a lot of fun at the time. However, looking back, I feel that I would have had a much more fulfilling time if I'd been much more moderate. Don't be pressured into doing something that is unhealthy, and a colossal waste of time and money.
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