The Chinese drinking culture is set for a transformation. According to a survey of 109,441 Chinese conducted by the China Youth Daily’s Social Investigation Center, 84 percent said they were not fan of the drinking culture in China.
The long tradition seems to be on the wane, reflecting a change in an important aspect of China’s material culture.
On one hand, as living standards improve, Chinese people pay more atte
ntion to their health. More people are choosing tea over liquor as their daily beverage. Instead
of sitting at the table for the night, people now prefer healthier lifestyles. On the other hand, Chinese pe
ople have realized that drinking culture may provide opportunities for the undeserving who can get what they want by
pleasing those who insist that they drink. This is not only unfair to the deserving but also undermines ethical conduct.
Nowadays, Chinese people have developed more decent drinking habits.
Those who risk their lives drinking heavily are not the so-called heroes anymore, and those who alw
ays urge others to drink may be gradually isolated by their friends. More and more Chinese pe
ople enjoy having only a few drinks and chat over the cup. Taking small sips and slowly tasting liquor seems more enjoyable.
In addition, real friendship cannot be measured by how much alcohol is consumed. Neither can bottles of liquor build relations am
ong people. Instead, they only hurt people’s feelings and health. When people are sober again, the ecstasy and promises disappear.
After all, true friends are those who care about your health, not those who urge you to drink.
Take my poor friend. After he got out of hospital, he completely forgot who forced him to drink at the t
able. When he was blind drunk and almost choked on his vomit, all he remembered was those who loyally stayed by his side.