Drinking games are one thing, but there are certain places in the world where there are some rules you have to follow if you want to enjoy a drink and not get cursed.
Every bar has it's own drinking culture and every city has it's own quirks when it comes to alcohol, but did you know that when you enjoy a cold one in some countries you might have to do it according to a specific ritual.
So if you're having a drink in certain parts of the Czech Republic a toast must include eye-contact with your fellow drinkers, no interlinking arms and no spilled drink. Failure to correctly follow these instructions will lead to seven years bad sex.
This ritual has trickled down to South Africa though, because the fear of bad sex is taken very seriously!
In Russia there is a custom that if a drinker arrives late they must drink a full glass (the ‘punishment’ drink). And in some remote parts of Russia a man who spills his vodka must jump in the nearest river and return walking backwards. Thats a ritual that is really not recommended.
If you're in Peru just be aware that the traditional sunday morning post-football drink has a special rule: one glass is shared between all the drinkers. Each man drinks half of his portion and then tips the other half on the ground before passing the glass along. The ritual is probably inherited from the ancient practice of offering gifts to ‘Pachamama’ (Mother Earth). The man who finishes the bottle has to buy the next round.
And in some parts of East Africa, the third drink of the evening must be followed by a story from each drinker. Which is a nice way to get to know the people you're drinking with if you're out to make some new friends.
To toast with water is considered bad luck in the US Navy, anyone who does so can expect to die at sea.
Thanks to the guys and girls at Monkey Shoulder for sharing theses facts. Knowing that you lead and do not follow, Monkey Shoulder encourages you to invent your own rituals. We only ask that you make sure they are safe (ridiculous hats are encouraged).