Beer drinking is a culture in China. In fact it is believed big contracts are agreed on over a beer table. Having being privileged to attend many social, political and business gatherings, I can testify that the day always ends with 'gan bei' meaning cheers. The other day after a university sports day, I was ready to go home and rest when I received a text that we were to have dinner. My typical dinner is food and juice and soft drinks and wine but this was no ordinary dinner, it was more of a beer feast. Boys and girls garlopped glasses of beer more than my war veteran uncle. They cheered me on to drink. I was acting like a girl my parents raised to be but like they say peer-pressure is not only for juniors, I found myself pouring glasses of poison in my mouth with pleasure. The feeling of being drunk was so beautiful, I didn't want it to stop. I am not the only one.
Beer is very cheap in China with a high alcohol percentage. Some 'bai jiu' (Chinese beer) go as high as 90% alcohol. If i didn't see it for myself I would have denied it.
Beer drinking has become a pastime for many foreigners. Foreigners can't believe their lucky. Innocent young girls and boys have turned into drunkards. As I write I have cans waiting for me. We are not aware of the damage Chinese beer is doing to our health. To make it worse we have clubs at our reach. It's free for foreigners to enter most clubs with free beer too. This beer is nothing short of poison. Records have shown that the most common disease in foreigners is related to the respiratory like lungs, liver, kidney etc.
Chinese have different types of beer which include whisky, vodka, wines and some horribly strong Chinese traditional beers.
As foreigners we should never get carried away. Chinese know how to neutralise this poison from their bodies. They drink a lot of water to flush out the toxins, they drink their Chinese tea, they eat vegetables, they take herbs compared to many foreigners. So the next time you put your name on that guest list, take it slow.
As I write I have JINXIAOMAI waiting for me. I guess, I should lead by example and through it away. Wait a minute, for today, I just finish this one and implement the changes next time.
"Gan bei" cheers