Indians are unique in most of the aspects and why should they be an exception to their drinking culture. Indians enjoy consuming alcohol and getting high, unlike western nations where it is a part of the culture or socialising. In India, usually alcohol consumption, whether recreational or habitual is considered a vice and often frowned upon by self-righteous teetotalers. Following are the list of few differences between the alcohol consumption culture between the east and the west part of our world.
Consuming alcoholic drink with a meal is not the norm
Indians love to booze before their meals and rarely along with their meals. Unlike western countries that consume alcohol after their meals, Indians love to start with their drinks. Unfortunately, by the time they start consuming the food, the alcohol consumed gets already absorbed in the body system. Additionally, the greasy food and Indian snacks contribute to acid reflux causing worse effect the next day.
A lot of young folks hide their drinking habits from their Elders
Most of the youth nowadays consume alcohol in their early college days. But, since consuming alcohol is considered as a social taboo in Indian society, many of these folks hide about their alcohol consumption habit from their elders or parents. In fact had they received guidance on which drink is to be consumed, they would enjoy the right drink than consuming something wrong. In India, one will rarely find parents and children consuming alcohol together.
Cocktails are less common than on the Rocks
People in India enjoy their drinks on the rocks or Patiala pegs along with soft drinks. Western culture is more known for consumption of cocktails where various flavours, spirits, liqueurs, and bitters are mixed together for exciting recipes. Indians love consuming alcohol but haven’t learned the art of appreciating cocktails the world swears by. Cocktails are being now accepted in certain pockets of the country however, their true success will be achieved when bartenders get their due and are stopped being considered as waiters.
Bars are a lot more lax about checking Consumers ID
Though there are strict policies with respect to alcohol consumptions but no one bothers to check ID of people who consume alcohol. In certain locations, people are supposed to be carrying a license to consume alcohol but no one majorly knows about the policy or how to procure one. Such cases are brought to limelight only during the festival or party season like New Year celebrations. Until then AGE has no BAR!
Women unaccompanied by Men Drinking in Bars in Uncommon
Women consuming alcohol is India is considered as a taboo and usually one won’t find women visiting the bars unaccompanied by men, unlike in the western nations. For a fact women will face extreme prejudice from people if they acknowledge the fact that they enjoy drinking responsibly. In western countries, bars are also supposed to be social hangout where they meet women and become friends, unlike India where one never expects to meet a woman alone at a bar.
Apart from the above differences, there are few others like one won’t come across many wine connoisseurs in India or the fact that most of the people by liquor from wine shops. A westerner will almost see a black Friday shopping rush at liquor stores in India where purchasing the alcohol itself is an experience. Usually, many restaurants in India with good ambience also don’t serve liquor, especially if the budget is on the lower end of the spectrum. And finally one will usually come across a very limited choice of beers, though, which has been changing due to the establishment of many microbreweries, especially in the metro cities.