"While in a karaoke box, I took a dive on the table and spilled drinks all over the person I was with."
The speaker, a 33-year-old woman, used the English word "daibingu" (diving) to describe her drunken fall. Since this term appears in Iwanami Shoten's authoritative Kojien dictionary ("Daibingu: tobikomu koto"), usage in this context appears to be acceptable.
In its latest monthly poll of 100 salarymen, Takarajima (July) asks the subjects regarding drinking habits, and more specifically about unpleasant things that happened to them while they were under the influence, under the headline "Yoparatte no Daishittai" -- huge mishaps (or indiscretions) that happened (to me) while drunk.
Reflecting the magazine's mostly young readership, the respondents were mainly males and females in their 30s (38 people) and 40s (36 people), with another 17 in their 20s. Only nine over age 50 took part.
Due to a variety of factors reported elsewhere -- such as the recession cutting into married workers' "pocket money," cutbacks in corporate entertainment budgets (also due to the recession) and a trend toward less after-work socializing between co-workers -- the frequency of drinking is not as common as some might suppose. Forty-eight, or just under half the respondents, told Takarajima they go out two times or less per month, as opposed to 10% who said they go out 10 or more times per month.
Only two of the 100 respondents said they managed to imbibe for an average of 2,000 yen or less. Sixty percent said their average expenditures exceeded 3,500 yen per evening and another 20% said they typically spent between 3,000 to 3,500 yen.
The magazine lists up 25 personal accounts of embarrassing indiscretions. Interestingly, most of the ones from males insist they had "virtually no recollection," or "just a vague memory" of what they did while drunk.
"Once while drunk, I sat at the base of Hachiko in Shibuya and while shouting, 'Go for it, all you teeny boppers!' began flinging 100-yen coins," a 36-year old gent employed at a general contractor recalls.
The females' accounts, however, tended to be much more detailed, and entertaining to boot.
Take the one by a female civil servant, age 36, who typically goes out three nights a month.
"My female boss often invites me out. After she's had a few drinks to loosen up, she'll start rambling to me, saying things like, 'You're still young, and are a good dresser, so everything's fun for you. You've got long legs and aren't overweight -- you're about one-half my weight.'
"But when I corrected her in in jest by saying, 'Not one-half -- more like one-third,' she became infuriated."
A 28-year-old woman in a media-related business says she tipples an average of 15 times a month.
"One night the drinks were so yummy I couldn't help myself, but just chug-a-lugged them down. Before I realized it, I couldn't walk, and a 'sempai' (senior co-worker) took me to his (or her -- gender here was not specified) place to sober up. There was no elevator, just a spiral staircase that I had to climb up to the sixth floor. So there I was climbing in circles, and the booze was churning around in my stomach and my head was spinning, and, well, I regurgitated right there on the steps!
"I was passed out on the bed while my sempai went out to mop up the mess," she blushes. "I was mortified!"
Other accounts included a not-so-funny fall that resulted in a fractured skull; having one's pocket picked; and awakening the next morning to discover that while in his cups the previous night, the gentleman had proposed marriage to a Filipina pub hostess.
Takarajima's eminently sensible advice is to neither overindulge in drink -- nor let others force it upon you.© Japan Today