Alcohol and Social Activities 2
Alcohol and business
Banquet, is the place where businessmen hunt business chance and slightest rip and change can be discovered and their rivals" business information may be on your hand and help you take the rein, thus greet your success. Certainly, banquet will form, strengthen and consolidate business partnership and alcohol, of course, plays a very important role.
Alcohol and entertainment
Most people have alcohol just for entertainment. It is used to add to the fun during festive times to highlight the happy and exciting moment due to its inciting effect. Surrounding tables and playing drinking games, with glass clinking, people will soar up both physically and mentally. Unfortunately, there are always some drunk after too much consumption.
Alcohol and military
In the vicissitudes of dynasties, wars followed all the way. Alcohol was the only entertainment of the military in the time of cold weapons. It was used as stimulants and rewards for the army men. The stimulating agent can make cowards brave and stir up the exhausted and heighten the morale of the army. Therefore it was the most important and effective material resorted to raise morale before and in the campaign and reward the triumphant military after. According to history records, in the Warring States period, Qin Mugong of the Qing kingdom, poured the insufficient liquor into the Yellow River and drunk with his soldiers. There were many stories like this, and generals who did this always won their wars. In historical novels, alcohol and battles frequently cohabited. Such as in The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Guan Yu, the Chinese Ares, chopped Hua Xiong"s head off while his wine was still warm; Zhang Fei, pretending drunk, captured his enemy"s fortress easily. In the novel, almost every chapter associates with alcohol.
Alcohol and its use in China
Sacrifice ceremony - first and still remaining use of alcohol to show respect to ancestors and gods.
Warrior foy - Chinese usually will toast for their warriors" victory before their departure.
Triumph celebration - military tradition held after victory.
Banquet - alcohol appears on the state banquet, business banquet and family feast.
Cold resisting - Chinese people have used it to resist cold for thousands years.