The First Time I Got Drunk

November 13, 2008 7:00 am

In order to keep up with this NappyBlowMe thing I singed up for, DeeMarie over at My Life In A Nutshell and I decided to share the stories of our first drunken experiences. DeeMarie’s story involved being told to pack her things when confronted by her dad the next morning. Be sure to check it out.

Although some of you have previously stated that you DIDN’T think I was a goody two-shoes during my high school years, I sort of was. I managed to make it through them without ever partaking in any drugs or alcohol. Seriously not even a cigarette touched my lips. When I applied for colleges my senior year, I got into all four state schools that I had applied for. My friends all went to the University of Florida but I chose not to go there for a very specific reason. Several of my older friends had already gone and dropped out of UF because it was such a party school. They all got sucked up in the drinking vortex and I was afraid I would be next. Instead, I went to the smaller, closer University of Central Florida which was an hour and a half away should I need to run home to my parents.

After I graduated from high school, I spent the summer working as much as possible to put away money for school. My parents didn’t have money to pay for college so I took out student loans and worked to pay for the rest. This kept my nose pretty clean since I was always working and being responsible and all of that lame crap. The summer rolled by without any incidents until the night before I moved away. I went to my friend David’s house a couple of blocks over to say goodbye. David was one of the UF drunken dropouts and had moved back home to his parent’s house. He liked to poke fun of my good girl routine and was always trying to get me to drink a beer with him. I secretly had a crush on David and really wanted to impress him so that night when he asked if I wanted a beer, I said yes. He was so shocked at my response and quickly ran to get me a Natty Lite. Mmmm, nothing like a cold Natty Lite for your first alcoholic beverage. All eyes were on me so I chugged the damn thing (it was NASTY). Then I asked for another. And another. We finished off the beer and moved onto strawberry daiquiris. Suddently I wasn’t feeling so well so I had David walk me home.

When we got to my house, it was pretty late but the lights were still on. I snuck into the house doing my best “I’m sober” routine. My dad was asleep on the couch and as I walked down the hallway I saw my mom sitting in her bed reading a book. She looked at me suspiciously (I was a good fifteen feet from her) and said “what are you doing?”. “Nothing,” I said. “Then why are your eyes bloodshot?” (Seriously how the hell could she see my eyes from that far away?) “Cuz I was drinkin!” I giggled. Bad move on my part. My poor mom immediately broke into tears and went on and on about how I was going to move away to college and be an alcoholic and ruin my life. I ended up being the one to console her even though MY room was spinning.

I paid dearly for my binge drinking when I woke up the next morning. I spent a good portion of the morning huddled over the toilet praying to the porcelain gods. The saying “beer before liquor, never sicker?” That saying is absolutely true. To this day, I still can’t drink strawberry daiquiris, just thinking about them makes me gag. I went off to college the next day and began my adult life with a bitchin hangover. Although there were many other nights I regret, I never did turn into the dreaded alcoholic. My mother is actually proud of the person I turned out to be.



  1. Laufa

    Woohoo UCF!!! I grew up in Cocoa, FL and went to Brevard Community College – it has the beach extension of the UCF campus there. I’m a born and raised Floridian, now transplanted in corn country. My drunken days were after I was married and were way more wild – too wild to blog about (parents read them).

    Laufas last blog post..Spin: Relax?

  2. DeeMarie

    So we both made it through college without becoming drunken flunkies!! You were way too good for Dave, I just know it. 🙂
    Glad you were able to calm your mom down. Sorry about the Strawberry Daquiri thing. I have the same hatred for peach schnapps!!
    Linking you right now!!!

    DeeMaries last blog post..Pack Up Your Stuff!- With an Update

  3. carrie

    I went to UCF as well!!!! Funny story. I can not touch scotch and peach schnapps for the same reason

    carries last blog post..Relax – Spin Cycle (13/30)

  4. Bubba

    First off, it is sad turn ruin such a good drink like a Strawberry Daquiri, though i would think the nati wouldn’t have been to bad, it is just beer flavored water and all 🙂 Nice story.

    Bubbas last blog post..I guess it is called a MEME?!?

  5. Katie

    Ug, I made it all the way to October of my freshman year of college before trying alcohol. My first drink was a jigger of Jagermeister. I still get nauseous when I smell black licorice.

    Katies last blog post..Time for Some New Tricks

  6. Katie

    Hey, I like this little monster pictures by the way!!

    Katies last blog post..Time for Some New Tricks

  7. HeatherPride

    All’s well that ends well, I say! I was a good girl in high school, too. I used to go to the parties and play the drinking games, and have the football players take my penalty drinks. No one ever hassled me over it, so whatever!

    HeatherPrides last blog post..Take Me Home, Country Roads

  8. Debbie

    How do moms do it??? Well, I know how mine did. WAY on back in the day, my girlfriend and I planned to try pot. Stupid girls that we were – we wrote notes about when to meet and what we were going to do. Mom found one of the notes while we were out at the park trying out a joint. I came home to find her standing at the door saying “So, how is it? How is it to be high and have your momma greet you at the door?” Um, not too fun mom.

    Debbies last blog post..Now this woman should be the Hasay Poster Child!

  9. Brenda-SeriouslyMama

    I too made it through high school without a drink but then college screwed it all up for me. Academic Probation in my second semester. That’s the semester I paid the mailman to intercept my transcripts and hand deliver them to me. One benefit of growing up in a small town. 😉

    Brenda-SeriouslyMamas last blog post..Girls Rock!

  10. jenni

    Your first beer was a Natty Lite? I didn’t think anyone who wasn’t from MD drank that crap. Drunk on daiquris and Natty Lite. I don’t even know what to think.

    I have to admit, I don’t even remember the first time I got drunk. But I DO remember the first (and only) time I got caught. Yikes. My mom cried and I was grounded for a month.

    jennis last blog post..Have You Heard? I’m Having a Baby!

  11. Sprite's Keeper

    You, Carrie and I all went to UCF? (Well, if you count three semesters for me.. I ended up leaving school for a sabbatical since I didn’t know what I wanted to do and then finishing at FAU.)
    The drinking thing has never been my game. I’m no good at the buzzed thing either. So I tend not to drink at all.
    Wanna talk goody goody? I can take ya…

    Sprite’s Keepers last blog post..Another Post Asking For Advice. Why? Because I CAN!

  12. goodfather

    Wow! Great post! This is almost identical to my own experience, LOL. Except my Mom didn’t cry.

    Great post!

    goodfathers last blog post..One year older

  13. Cape Cod Gal

    One of my finer performances in front of the parents was a full recreation of the dancing scene from “Robin Hood Men in Tights” I had told them I was going to see the movie, but instead I drank and entire bottle of Sambuca with my boyfriend. I figured if I told them about the movie, they would believe I went to it. To this day, they’ve never said anything about it.

    Cape Cod Gals last blog post..The Gods Must Be Crazy – HASAY Update

  14. Lydia @ On The Verge

    I was a good girl until I hit college. Then all hell broke loose. I am surprised I’m not an alcoholic. But, I stopped drinking after I graduated.

    Lydia @ On The Verges last blog post..Blog Party Day 2 – Christmas Traditions

  15. tattooedminivanmom

    I thought it was liquor before beer your in the clear beer before liquor it hits you quicker or something like that?

    How bout liquor in the front, poker in the back.

  16. The Stiletto Mom

    Lucky me, I grew up Catholic so it was sort of expected. 🙂

    I can’t drink margaritas…very very bad experience in college…and they look so yummy too!!

    The Stiletto Moms last blog post..Relax…Don’t Do It…When You Want To Go To It

  17. Toni

    Wow. That is a lot to drink for your first time. I was not a goody-goody in high school but I rarely got in trouble and managed to graduate 13th in my class. We lived in a small town so it was easy to get beer and that when you wanted it.

    I enjoyed your story and am curious what David it up to, did he move out of his parents home?

    Tonis last blog post..Thursday Thirteen – 37th edition

  18. Cat

    Great story! Should I be worried that I don’t remember my first time? (with alcohol, not sex…although now that I think of it…)

    Cats last blog post..I’ve Never Had Unpaid Confidants

  19. GreenJello

    I’ve never been drunk. I watched enough drunk people during my teen years that I decided it wasn’t for me.

    GreenJellos last blog post..What’s Your Bias? (Round Two)

  20. Christy

    I actually DID party in high school, but it was all out of my system by the time I went to college…BORING! Oh well, at least I got good grades and landed this KILLER cushy gig I’ve got going on (insert eye rolling here.)

  21. steenky bee

    I knew you were a good kid in high school. You cruised around looking for cars to un-dent for hell sakes. I didn’t drink until my Sophmore year in college. I think in my entire life, I’ve been drunk four times. I’m lame. I just didn’t like it all that much. A glass of wine about two times a year is pretty much all I have. The drunkest I ever got was only about 5 years ago. I ended up twirling a baton and dancing at a party for my friend. I threatened two co-workers that were there that I would kill them if they ever breathed a word of it to our bosses. Both of those co-workers are now Senior Partners at my firm. Sigh. Steenky got crazy with a baton and now can never live it down. Also, I’m so a late-night stalker nowadays….sorry.

    steenky bees last blog post..The Spin Cycle: Frankie says, ‘Relax’. Jen doesn’t know Frankie but wishes he would always wear clean undershorts.

  22. Jim

    Mmmm…I never had the light version. Natty regular was good enough for me when I was a youngin’.

    I’ve never had a strawberry daiquiri, how are they?

    Jims last blog post..Lessons from the IT Field

  23. anymommy

    Great story. I wasn’t so good in high school and definitely did some drinking then and in college. These days, I’m lucky if I can stay awake if I have one beer!

    anymommys last blog post..Betty Confidential

  24. Zip n Tizzy

    That is SO funny.
    I love that you come home drunk once, having actually graduated from HS and worked all summer and you were doomed to become an alcoholic.
    I imagine she was already feeling pretty emotional knowing you were leaving home the next day.

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