Hey all, I am currently an 18 year old college football player. I turn 19 in two weeks. I have never had a drink of alcohol, gotten drunk, gone to a party, or smoked weed. However, almost all of my friends and family drink and I have been tempted and offered to do so several times. I am a pretty devout Catholic and I believe that I should stay sober, and follow the law, and not drink till I am 21. I know a lot of people think I am a loser for doing so and thinking like that. Also, being a college football player, I don't drink because I don't want it to affect my athletic performance, although I am not sure how much it will. I also think it is kind of sad how people have to rely on drugs and alcohol for a temporary effect to pick up girls, become more social and have fun. I feel like people feel like they are at a high point when they are drunk, but the next morning it's gone and they are hungover. But I hear all the time how I am not living and having fun in college. I also hear how much fun it is and how a lot of guys pick up girls when drunk and at parties. But anyways, I have been considering drinking alcohol or just trying it out or experimenting with it. Do you think I should? How old were you when you first started drinking alcohol? Was it worth it/enjoyable? If I do decide to drink, do you have any tips for my first time?