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A latest report produced by the Viet Nam Beverage Association shows that Vietnamese people drank more than 3.4 billion litres of beer and another 70 million litres of spirits last year – a 40 per cent increase from 2010 – putting the country in the global top 10 in terms of alcohol consumption.
Vietnamese love drinking, but the thing is they also like to force others to join their fun. At the table, it is quite common to be collectively asked to drink no matter if you are a heavy drinker or have a zero tolerance to alcohol.
These actions are traditionally supposed to show hospitality to guests, while the more the guests drink, the more they demonstrate how much they are enjoying the party.
Have you ever been in this situation before? How do you feel about it? Is it bad or good, in your opinion? How do you deal with the situation, especially when you want to say no? Have you encountered this kind of pressure to drink outside of Viet Nam? If you are an expat, what is the drinking culture in your country?
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