We follow a lot of traditions. Some of them have scientific backing and some are just baseless. Drinking traditions across the world unsurprisingly are thoroughly entertaining. You’d be fascinated to know how far these nations have gone for the love for liquor.
Peru: When in Peru, try to shout. A shouter is basically the person who buys the bottle of alcohol. Unlike India and harami friends, this bottle is actually divided between the whole group and one person keep filling everyone’s glasses. If the bottle is empty and you all are still standing, next shouter buys another bottle. Any voluntary shouter here?
Czech Republic: This one is super simple. Stage 1: pour your choice of booze into an empty glass. Stage 2: If you’re done, pick up the coaster and place it on top the glass (finally some real use for a coaster). Stage 3: Make uncomfortably intense eye contact with everyone and scream “Nozdravy” (even if it may look like you want to murder them) while raising a toast. Stage 4: If you still wanna be at the table until the end of the session, please try to to make sure your arms don’t cross anyone else’s. Stage 5: be ready to be roasted if you place your glass back with even a drop of alcohol in it and Germans are incredibly good at grilling you (easy peesy). Phew!
Japan: In Japan, drinking is how they show their friendship and camaraderie and I believe that’s how it should be. Rule of thumb: never pour your own drink. Everyone in the group gets their turn to pour a drink. So, if you have a large group of friends, kiss your kidney goodbye.
France: When in France, everything is fancy. They don’t believe in quick drinking, they would like for you to enjoy your drink thoroughly. Wait until everyone else has had their cups filled although it’s going to be very very hard, and fill only half a glass if you’re pouring to raise a toast. All the fashion that has happened in France has influenced drinking too. Your hand posture matters, so make sure it isn’t too high or low. Drink in ishtyle!
Korea: Korea is strict when it comes to drinking rules (are you surprised?). Again, never pour your own drink. Also, it’s routine to first pour the drinks for the senior people at the table, so you’re going to have to wait for your turn. Make sure to turn away from the seniors while drinking to show respect (sounds familiar, doesn’t it?).