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364. Tell Me Your Stories about Drinking

Heo,Won-jun, Cho,Ju-hyung 기자2016.11.06 22:05:32

Since early times, alcohol has been a good friend to humans, as Benjamin Franklin said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”, and every KNU student may try this evidence of God’s love. Drinking alcohol discloses many human emotions and people have their unique habits when they get drunk. In this section, six people will tell you interesting stories about their own drinking habits and the customs of their country.


        ① Kim, Dong-ju/ Dept. Business Administration/ Sophomore/ Korea

My own habit when I get drunk is quite unusual compared to other people. When I drink too much, I play hide and seek with my friends. At first, they were shocked when they first saw my habit. These days, however, they get used to my habit and enjoy it. One of the worst memories that I have experienced is the last drinking party before I joined the air force. My friends made a weird drink which mixed all lots of things including beer, soju, and even leftover food. It was so disgusting that I threw up all things I ate before.

        ② Nguyen Xuan Doan/ Dept. Mechanical Engineering/ Freshman/ Vietnam

I don’t exactly know about my drinking habit, but when I am drunk I become speechless, since my personality is quiet and reserved. In Vietnam, most people drink juice to get rid of a hangover. Lemon juice with sugar, and ginger juice are the most widely enjoyed. Some people take medications before drinking so as not to suffer from a hangover. It is a precaution, like taking anti-sickness products, and I heard Koreans also use the same method. In addition, the drinking culture of Vietnam, such as offering alcohol, is similar with Korea’s. For example, when seniors offer me a drink, it is very hard to refuse.

③ Karina Nagovicina/ Dept. Korean Language and Literature/ Junior/ Latvia

           In Latvia, we do not usually overdrink, but on holidays, including Midsummer Day, we drink strong alcohol such as tequila and vodka with fruits, cheese or snacks. Furthermore, there are many beer festivals with various beers. There is also a traditional Latvia alcohol, ‘Balsam’ which has two flavors, basic and blueberry. The one made with blackberry is my favorite. When I get drunk, I usually tell a joke or laugh more frequently and I tell some philosophical stories to my friends.

        ④ Lee, Ye-hui/ Dept. Mechanical Engineering/ Freshman/ Korea

I like drinking Makgeolli in traditional Korean bars, which are decorated with wooden interior designs. So-Maek, which is a blend of soju and beer, is another one of my favorites. My special So-Maek recipe is mixing each bottle of soju and beer, and adding some water. This proportion of blends creates the best taste. My own habit when I become drunk is taking bizarre pictures of others since many people become ugly when they are drunk. With those pictures, I use Photoshop to make them look funny. To overcome hangovers, I take a walk while drinking chocolate milk for a long time. For the walking course, I recommend Sin-Cheon, a nice road stretching along the riverside.

        ⑤ Anna Khodak/ Dept. English Language and Literature/ Sophomore/ Russia                     

My own habit when I get drunk is laughing a lot, though I do not laugh when sober. Among many kinds of alcohols, I recommend you to drink vodka with juice. While Koreans turn their head when they drink with elders, in Russia, we do not need to show respect. We can refuse an offer if we do not want to drink, whoever makes the offer. However, similar with Korea, Russians usually enjoy alcohol with chicken. After drinking, people eat salted cucumbers or tomatoes to cure their hangover. All Russians have these salted products on their shelf.

         ⑥ Greta Kompauskaite/ Dept. Business Administration/ Freshman/ Lithuania

Two days before, my friend and I went to drink at the North Gate. There were two Korean women who drank only two bottles of beer while we, two Lithuanians, drank six bottles of soju and they gave us a strange look. It might be quite funny for them to see that we enjoyed soju like soft drinks. In Lithuania, we usually go pre-party at someone’s house to get drunk before going to a club because it costs too much to buy drinks there. In addition, we do not usually eat and drink at the same time, which is common in Korea. When we are drinking, we say ‘cheers’ and hit each other’s glass while making eye contact.

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