Bruce Posted September 10, 2011 Posted September 10, 2011 (edited) As a reply to another post on the respect for human life, there was a reply post that Asians do not handle alcohol very well. Actually, Asians handle alcohol very well. It is not the alcohol per se that causes problem, but instead the local culture is the souce of problems whilst drinking alcohol. While I don't like to use the words good / best and bad / worst, we all understand them. There is an enzyme in our blood that breaks down the alcohol and assists the liver in removing it from our systems. Asian (Japanese actually) have the highest consentration, American Indians have the lowest, and we whites and blacks fall somewhere in the middle. Pinoys are not true Asians, but are a hybred blend of mutiple cultures... (However, on a personal note, I do find it annoying that east Indians and pakistanis say they are from Asia! Will someone PLEASE correct the map!) This is why the Japanese can drink you under the table until 3am, go home, sleep and get up at 6 for work and have no hangover. The American Indians are by this time, passed out under said table and will be hung over for the next day or so. Now the culture aspect.... The Japanese live in a very structured society. real lines drawn as to acceptable behaviors and how to act. Even whilst drunk, they are still functioning on these well learned rules of behavior, however somewhat relaxed as they sing and dance and stumble around drunk. The Jap is generally a happy drunk. However in countries that have much more relaxed social behavior guidelines, those individuals, whilst drunk, often act out and are violent. Alcohol acts as an amplifier. If you are a happy person, you are more likely to be a happy drunk. If you are a depressed angry person, then expect an even more depressed gloomy arrogant drunk. If your best friend is your machette, then expect to be grabbing it and yelling and acting out with it. While the Japs have swords, they are more revered and ceremonial / traditionally respected. The pinoys have machettes which are used as tools and to protect the house in case someone breaks in at night. I believe that the Pinoys handle their alcohol ok, but they do not have the social structure or personal discipline that controls their behavoirs once the alcohol takes effect and loosens their self control. Edited September 10, 2011 by Bruce 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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