Drinking Customs

Every culture has their own customs, whether it be specific types of food enjoyed during celebrations or holidays, or a convention that seems otherwise peculiar to those looking in. Drinking customs are quite popular all around the world and vary in practice by each culture. While many people are aware that different cultures have different customs, not many know the specifics. Following are a few interesting and lesser known facts about drinking customs across the world.

In Cologne, Germany, it’s custom to drink out of only one type of glass.

That’s right! In Cologne, the most popular beer is referred to as Kolsch. It requires a specific consumption, however. After a convention in 1986, it has been completely forbidden to drink Kolsch out of anything other than a stange. This is a specific type of cylindrical glass. It’s not uncommon to see many people carrying or toting stanges in their arms or in baskets or wagons to ensure of proper celebration.

In Japan, it’s tradition for groups to pour each other drinks.

It’s true. When there is a group of people who are looking to drink alcohol, it’s Japanese custom to pour one another drinks. It symbolizes a kind gesture to a friend or stranger by demonstrating kinship and respect. In fact, if you pour your own drink, its actually highly frowned upon.

The average Russian drinks 18 liters of alcohol yearly.

In Russia, vodka is the most popular and prominently consumed alcohol. In fact, most consumption of vodka is not consumed with any other liquids, such as soda, milk, or even water. Most Russians consume the vodka straight up. And many believe it’s tradition that once a bottle of alcohol has been opened, it must be completely finished!

France hones refined drinking customs.

The French are considered large drinkers, meaning that they not only drink to drink, but they drink to enjoy. In fact, alcohol, especially wine, is especially respected and used as a regular celebration. Ladies are served first, then men, and only until the glass is half full, usually never more than that.

Kazakhstan drinks mare’s milk

Kumis is the name of the national drink of Kazakhstan, and it is made of fermented mare’s milk, consumed in celebratory manner or not. The effects of the otherwise seemingly harmless drink are actually intoxicating! The beverage has the alcohol content level of a beer.

Regardless of where it is in the world, each culture has their customs and ways of celebrating. While many who read this may judge or find some of these customs strange or unconventional, just think of what these countries might think of your beer pong, egg nog, or what have you!