Chinese Alcohol Culture

Alcohol has an internal connection with sociality in China. Drinking provides more chances for one to make more friends as the old saying says, “Frequent drinking makes friends surrounding”. Moreover, alcohol also serves effectively to deepen and strengthen friendship. Since it shows one's friendliness alcohol is always used to relieve misunderstanding and hatred no matter how strong it is.



Alcohol and Health
Chinese people do believe that moderate drinking of alcohol is good to health. When it is cold, drinking alcohol can keep out the cold and promote blood circulation. Many Chinese do sip a little alcoholic beverage at intervals to keep them fresh and healthy. Some even soak traditional Chinese medicine into liquor to achieve better effect, which was proved to be successful.


Alcohol and Business
Banquet can form, strengthen and consolidate business partnership and alcohol plays a very important role. Banquet is the place where businessmen hunt business chances. Slightest rip and change can be discovered in banquet. Your rivals’ business information may be on your hand and help you take the reign, thus greet your success.


Alcohol and Art
Alcohol had great impact on Chinese artists than any other ones. Many of them produced their peak-of-perfection masterpieces drunk right after drinking. Being drunk and into the state of free production was the important tip Chinese artists resort to free their artistic creativity. Many famous poets, such as Li Bai and Du Fu in Tang Dynasty, had excellent performance and left us surprisingly marvelous poems after drinking the mysterious liquid.
Painting and calligraphy were raised to higher level by the aid of alcohol. Wang Xizhi, Chinese famous calligrapher respectfully called Calligraphy Saint, retried dozens of times to overwhelm his most outstanding work, Lantingxu (Orchid Pavilion Prologue) which was finished when he was drunk, but ended up in failure. The original one after drunk was the best.

Alcohol and Entertainment
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.


Alcohol and Military
In the vicissitudes of Chinese dynasties, wars followed all the way. Alcohol was the only entertainment of the military in the time of cold weapons. Alcohol at that time 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, Duke Mu of Qin 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. In “The Romance of the Three Kingdoms”, almost every chapter associates with alcohol. For example, Guan Yu, a hero then chopped Hua Xiong's head off while the hot wine prepared before that was still warm. Zhang Fei, pretending drunk, captured his enemy's fortress easily.