I wanna try alcohol for the first time but I'm absolutely ignorant in the subject so if any of you can answer these questions I would greatly appreciate it.

1) what drink do you recommend for a first timer who doesn't wanna get drunk?
2) how long do the effects of that drink last? My parents are muslims so they won't approve and I would get in serious trouble if they saw me and found out.
3) where can I get that drink?

I would prefer you don't suggest beer because I heard that it tastes like shit and I want something I would enjoy.

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If you're not used to it, it all tastes like shit first time.  I would actually recommend beer because it's not all that strong (4 - 5% alcohol) compared with wine (9 - 13% alcohol) or spirits (35-40% alcohol).  The effects of a pint of beer probably take 2-3 hours to wear off.  They say it's 1 hour per unit of alcohol (equivalent to 25 ml spirits).  I like beer and spirits but wine isn't my thing. 

Well I tried Heineken, nasty stuff. I don't know what other kinds of beer are available in Egypt though.

I've started taking a can of beer into the shower with me when I wash my hair, since it takes about 3 hours and it gets boring. 

Since you're young, and female.....word of caution. Don't drink alone, and don't drink with people you don't know. STAY SAFE. I've been there girl. Be careful......

I recommend Alize (accent over the e). I like the orange bottle, but Alize red passion is also good.

Only drink one glass. You won't feel drunk, but you'll get the taste, and feel the effects.

Only drink one glass.

I know that now, thank you :)

Alcohol is a liquid drug. It is the only drug accepted by many societies around the world. It has destroyed so many lives over the millenia because some individuals cannot control their insatiable desire to consume it. That being said I can happily confess to enjoying on a daily basis a glass or two of wine. And my recommendation would be to try ONE glass of wine; wait a short while to experience the effects and then, MAYBE, try just one more. Then stop! If you consume too much you will pay the price with a cloudy head and a hangover the next day. Cheers mate!

En vino veritas..... 

If you decide to go for a wine, I would recommend "14 hands" (if you can find it)....pinot grigio.

Remember:

ONE GLASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm keeping that in mind and I'm probably gonna wait a few years.
Won't wine be too much for me though?

@ Dream - a glass of wine is pretty light.  That would be a good first-time drink.  I prefer white - light and floral - rather than red - heavy and fruity. 

I don't know about that turns out I'm a wuss and only a bit of vodka was enough to make me dizzy.

I wanna try alcohol for the first time but I'm absolutely ignorant in the subject so if any of you can answer these questions I would greatly appreciate it.

Gallup's Mirror, graduate of Boston Bartending school and former alcohol awareness educator, at your service. I no longer drink, but I know the ropes.

1) what drink do you recommend for a first timer who doesn't wanna get drunk?

The effects of alcohol are less about what you drink than about how much alcohol is in it.

A simple glass of beer on average has 2% to 5% alcohol. Drink one or two of those and you'll probably feel it (a 'buzz' rather than a 'drunk') depending on how quickly you consume it, how much food is in your digestive tract and how much body mass you have.

A shot of distilled hard liquor like whiskey has 40% alcohol on average. Slam back one or two of those and it may well knock you over.

The alcohol content is usually printed on the label. For wine and beer it's shown in percentages. For hard liquor it's given as "proof" which in the United States is a number equal to twice the alcohol content (80 proof = 40% alcohol). The calculation differs by region and country, so it's best to ask.

If you don't want to get drunk, it may be better to try beer or wine the first time. The sweet (or wet) varieties of drinks tend to be better for newcomers, as the dry (non-sweet) drinks can be an acquired taste. A glass of white wine or a pint of brown ale might be a good "first drink" for anybody.

2) how long do the effects of that drink last? My parents are muslims so they won't approve and I would get in serious trouble if they saw me and found out.

It depends on how much you drink, how much alcohol is in it, and how quickly it's absorbed into your body. Your stomach and small intestines absorb alcohol. Your liver breaks it down. On average, one ounce of liquor (about one standard bar drink) takes an hour for your liver to process. If you consume three drinks-- whether in 10 minutes or 90 minutes-- your body needs three hours to process the alcohol.

There could be other residual effects even after the alcohol wears off. Alcohol makes you urinate and dehydration and possibly headaches can result, but usually this only happens if you drink a lot of it.

3) where can I get that drink?

That's a tough question because I don't know your situation. In terms of getting a good drink properly served and putting yourself in the right atmosphere to enjoy it, your best bet is a bar and in the company of friends (old and new). If you live in a country where public bars and alcohol sales are banned, you may have to look into other options, but I can't tell you what they are.

I would prefer you don't suggest beer because I heard that it tastes like shit and I want something I would enjoy.

Not all beer is created equal, my friend. There are beers that are truly awful, but many are impossibly delicious. A lot of that is a question of personal taste, so experimentation with different brands is called for, if you're in a position to do it. As a college student I tried one or two different beers each week until I settled on a few favourites. It helped to walk right by a world class selection of excellent beer every day on my way to work or school.

However, if you're concerned that beer won't be your thing: my suggestion is that you try a glass of white wine or champagne.

I agree, Champagne is your best bet.  It tastes nice and makes you giggle after just one glass.  It's no stronger than regular wine. 

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