Teetotallers totally typical things

You’ve probably seen lots of photos on the internet of passed-out salarymen, but have you ever been curious about what sober people get up to? No? Oh well, have this survey from Goo Ranking regardless, where they look at typical behaviours of non-drinkers.

As an ex-vegetarian, I can identify with a number of the answers as explaining being a veggie got very tiring; if I hadn’t minded the white lie, the best answer is just “religious reasons”. The true answer involved one flatmate’s awful cooking, Morrissey, ripping chicken legs off (shop-bought cuts, not live hens!), and, in a very roundabout way, religion.

Note that in Japan there are a lot of all-you-can-drink offers; almost every izakaya (traditional restaurant/pub mash-up thing) offers set menus with optional all-you-can-drink add-ons from about 1,000 to 2,000 yen, so most office booze-ups end up at these kinds of places.

If you thought sweet cigarettes were bad (I believe they are banned these days in many countries), in Japan as well as Chanmeri (fake champagne aimed at kids), we have this drink which they used to call “Beer for Kids”, but now perhaps to be more socially acceptable is just “Drink for Kids”:

Fun fact: 0% beer-like drinks from beer manufacturers (even completely 0.00% fizzy hops tea) require you to be over 20 to purchase.

You might be an alcoholic if…

goo Ranking had a rather fun little survey, a look at stereotypical features of people who love alcohol just a little too much.


Between the 7th and 21st of July 2015 goo Ranking conducted their own survey via their web site/ 1,298 completed the open survey, but no demographic information was provided.

Number 3 is perfectly normal, I would argue! Whenever I take the shinkansen, I make sure I have a beer by my side. I have absolutely no clue as to why potato salad is the mark of an alcoholic! Finally, in number 14 Hoppy is a cheap beer-like drink with a rather downmarket image, and shochu is a spirit. Here’s a truck-load of Hoppy:

I am so hoppy

Working women and drinking at home

How often do you drink at home? graph of japanese statisticsThe publishing company Sankei Living recently conducted a survey into drinking habits of working women.


During January 2015 701 female members of the City Living email newsletter members completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 5.6% of the sample were in their twenties, 35.9% in their thirties, 45.8% in their forties, and 12.7% in their fifties. 25.1% were employed full-time in positions on a promotion track, 48.8% in ordinary full-time positions, 7.6% contract employees, 9.0% dispatch workers, and 9.6% in part-time or short-term employment. Furthermore, 25.0% lived by themselves, 29.2% were single and living with their parents, 23.1% DINKS, Dual Income No Kids, 16.1% with children, and 6.6% other.

That’s quite a lot of drinking, and more worrying, the number who drink on their own is quite significant. Fortunately, at worst there was just three people having beer for breakfast or a swift one at the office.

For myself, I have drunk exactly one can of beer at home since I moved to Tokyo, and before that I averaged about one or two a year.

Drunken toilet FAILs of the Japanese

I’ve not had a failure ranking for a while, so here’s a rather good one from goo Ranking looking at what toilet-related failures people have had while drunk.


goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 18th and 20th of August 2014 500 members of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was split 50:50 male and female, but no further demographics were given.

Looking at the list, I don’t need to be drunk to do number 5, and as for number 6, back in my student days I got locked in overnight in the student union due to that…

As this blog entry is a bit lonely without an image, here is a toilet awaiting drunken fails…


Japanese’ worst drunken moments

I’m back with more nonsense from goo Ranking, taking a look at the most horrible drunken incidents they have experienced.


Between the 27th and 30th of June 2014, 500 members of not the goo Research monitor group, but instead a company named iBridge, more specifically their Research Plus monitor group, completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female, and rather than award 100 points to the top answer, they chose to report the results as a percentage of the total.

I guess the drunken train sprawl is too commonplace to feature in the list!

Note also that this survey most likely presented a list of all 25 situations and people indicated those they had experienced, or at least remembered having experienced.

Disappointingly, I can only recall having five of these experiences – surely my readers can do better!

University students and under-age drinking

Have you ever drunk alcohol while underage? graph of japanese statisticsThe site t-news Web, a site for university students that claims to have over 30,000 subscribers from the Tokyo area, with a high percentage of them being medical students from Tokyo and Waseda Universities, took a look at underage drinking by university students.


Over the 20th and 21th of April 2013 323 undergraduate and postgraduate students completed an internet-based questionnaire. 51% of the sample were male, and 25% were from Tokyo University, 16% from Waseda University, 14% from Keio University, 3% from Hitotsubashi University, and 42% from other.

Judging by other forums, asking about the drinking age and carding is a common question for people planning to come to Japan, so as far as I am aware from other people’s input, there is very little if any checking of credentials except perhaps at night clubs. Most convenience stores and supermarkets, however, when you buy booze the till pops up a message on a screen asking you to confirm if you are 20 years old, usually both in English and Japanese. I’ve not actually bought any booze outside a pub for years, but it appears that there is no “NO” button on the till, so unless you shop in a school uniform no-one quite frankly bothers.

Flirting at the office night out

goo Ranking often looks at what behaviours people hate, but this time for a change they look at what behaviour when going out drinking in mixed company (particularly office parties) by members of the opposite sex would they find unavoidably attractive, for both men looking at women and women looking at men.


Over the 6th and 7th of February 2013 1,122 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 60.1% of the sample were female, 10.2% in their teens, 16.6% in their twenties, 26.5% in their thirties, 25.0% in their forties, 11.1% in their fifties, and 10.6% 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.

How the Japanese drink

How do you think you can handle your drink? graph of japanese statisticsDIMSDRIVE Research recently reported on a survey from last August into drinking alcohol.


Between the 19th of August and 2nd of September 2010 7.069 members of the DIMSDRIVE monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.6% of the sample were male, 9.9% in their twenties, 29.8% in their thirties, 32.5% in their forties, 18.1% in their fifties, and 9.7% aged sixty or older.

Normally, I fall into the once every two or three month category, although when I have a business trip overseas I may occassionally have an extra shandy or two; I’m most likely off to Munich next month, so I might force myself to sample a litre or five of the local brew…

Here’s Tokyo Metro telling you to get beered up at home, not in the platform:

Please get completely drunk out of your head at home

Hot toddies not very popular in Japan

Have you ever drunk warm alcohol? graph of japanese statisticsLooking at this recent survey from iShare into alcohol people want to drink warm, although the traditional Scottish hot toddy seems very much unknown, the Japanese equivalent is a sake egg-nog called Tamoago-zake, but I don’t fancy the sound of it.


Between the 8th and 14th of October 2010 459 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 55.8% of the sample were male, 29.4% in their twenties, 32.5% in their thirties, and 38.1% in their forties.

Some of people’s favourite recipes included shochu plus umeboshi (sour plum) plus hot water, warmed white wine mixed with a little honey, red wine stewed with herbs, spices and dried fruit, plum wine diluted with hot water, kumquat wine with ginger and cut with hot water, rum and butter and sugar and boilng water, and finally rum and sugar cubes added to boiling milk.

Banning all-you-can-drink promotions in Japan

Do you agree with limiting or banning nomihodais? graph of japanese statisticsAccording to recent guidance from the World Health Organisation, they would like member states to limit alcohol promotions, so in Japan the all-too-common nomihodai – all you can drink may very well be in their sights. To find out what the average Japanese person thought of this, iShare conducted a survey into the subject of banning them.


Between the 12th and 15th of July 2010 441 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 58.3% of the sample were male, 29.0% in their twenties, 32.9% in their thirties, and 38.1% in their forties.

The usual nomihodai is when you go out for a course meal as a group. An average work outing will be between 2,000 and 5,000 yen for food only, then an all you can drink on top of 1,000 to 2,000 yen. The menu will be quite varied, soft drinks, one or two types of beer, various fruity chu-hai alcopops and other cocktails, a number of types of sake, and whisky, usually with a two-hour limit to match the food. I’ve never seen hot tea or coffee though, now I think about it.

I don’t think many people really abuse it, although Japan has got more of a drinking problem than it wishes to admit to, I think. I’d target effort more towards the cheap gut-rot spirits and the even cheaper supermarket own-brand alcopops that are about five times cheaper per unit than the mainstream beer brands and under the 40p per unit minimum price that the Scottish government is probably going to recommend.