Behavior: Drinking as a Way of Life

In Japan alcoholism is reaching epidemic proportions

After his customary ten-hour day at the office, a bright, up-and-coming young businessman went to a cocktail party given by his boss. A little nervous, he tossed back so many stiff highballs that he lost count. Feeling no pain, he proceeded to insult his host, lose control of his bladder, pass out on the floor, and was carried home. Was he fired for having disgraced himself so? No. This was Tokyo, not New York. When the young man returned to work the next day, not a word was...

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