Drunken Japanese FAILs


Woohoo, another FAIL ranking! This time it’s a good one for not just the festive season, but also for tomorrow’s Coming of Age Day, which usually includes getting blootered with your old school mates after (or indeed, before) the ceremony. So, the subject is failures people have had when drunk, conducted by goo Ranking as usual.


Over the 25th and 26th of November 2011 1,074 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 57.4% of the sample were female, 11.6% in their teens, 14.7% in their twenties, 26.9% in their thirties, 25.0% in their forties, 11.1% in their fifties, and 10.7% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. Further note that the 125 people in their teens would not have been asked this question since they are below the drinking age of 20.

It’s a bit of a cliche, so I’ll skip a photo of number one, and instead find a different kind of crashed-out drunk:


I’ve never had the falling asleep in the train one, although when I first came to Japan in the evenings seemingly random trains decided not to stop at my stop, so it was all too common for me and other foreigner colleagues to end up quite a bit further down the line than we intended…

Looking at the list, I’ve only done four, honest!

Ranking result

Q: What failures have you had while drunk? (Sample size=949)

Rank Score
1Fell asleep on the train and ended up at the last stop100
2Threw up in the train, on the platform97.7
3Walked into a lamppost, wall on the way home64.9
4Went into the opposite sex toilets63.4
5Fell asleep in the pub55.0
6Spat out abuse to someone older than me46.6
7Stuffed my face at a late-night ramen shop42.0
8=Fell asleep on the road home41.2
8=Spent all my cash so had to bum drinks41.2
10Made a mistake changing trains and ended up in an unknown station35.9
11Fell asleep in the toilet at home35.1
12Forgot to lock the toilet door and someone walked in32.8
13Made a drunken and passionate phone call, email, etc to an ex30.5
14Compulsively phoned everyone late at night25.2
15Got lost going between pubs, on the way home22.9
16Drunkenly declared my love to someone I fancied19.1
17=Got home in someone else’s shoes14.5
17=Fell asleep in the nude at home14.5
17=Lost my mobile phone14.5
20Lost my bag13.7
21Entered the wrong house13.0
22Spent the night in a field11.5
23Got home in someone else’s jacket9.9
24Joined in with the wrong group at the pub9.2
25Stepped in dog poo between pubs, going home8.4
26Flushed my mobile phone down the toilet7.6
27Brought the pub menu, ashtray, etc home6.9
28Deleted someone important’s mobile phonebook entry in a moment of drunken passion6.1
29Got home barefoot3.8
30Got home with someone else’s bag1.5
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1 Comment »

  1. Warren A said,
    January 9, 2012 @ 06:55

    Where’s the “I woke up beside someone I don’t know” or “punched my best friend” responses? Those are REAL and valid polls. lol . . .

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