Thank you for your contributions to a very lively discussion, and thank you YU for posing an interesting question that made everyone think.
From your comments, it seems that there is a kind of culture of forgiving people for bad behaviour when they are drunk in Japan, especially in relation to “office parties.” I think that attitudes are gradually changing, but it seems to me that Japanese people still drink much more than they should. I asked a class of students the other day how many of their fathers drank every night after they came home from work. Practically all of them raised their hands. I’m not sure what the safe limits for alcohol are, but I know that you definitely should not drink every day.
Here is some feedback on your comments.
I think people are 100% responsible for their actions whether they are drunk or not.
This is really disgusting and I don’t think the excuse is accepted at all!
… and I don’t think this excuse should be accepted at all.
Apparently, “being drunk” is divided into 3 types(単純、複雑、病的酩酊) in the Japanese justice system
Nice sentence. You could also say, “Under Japanese law, being ‘drunk’ is…”
Of course,, this kind of behavior should not be allowed whether it’s a crime or not,…
A good word to use here would be ‘tolerated’ – “This kind of behaviour should not be tolerated…”
By the way, when I think about these being-drunk-crimes(I’m not sure about this expression),
Maybe “alcohol-related crimes”?
We should control ourself.
We should control ourselves.
If you still believe it and do something stupid like sexual harrasment, you are just an outdated, foolish person.
I’m afraid there are still a lot of those around!
Don’t they really remember anything?
Do they really not remember anything?
Please don’t ask me because I don’t drink much.
You could also say, “I can’t help you there because…”
In fact, I have a very low tolerance of alcohol. When
In fact, I get drunk very easily. / I can’t drink very much. (A-Z: alcohol)
I’ve finally realized that not being able to handle my alcohol tolerance was heredity.
… was hereditary.
If it offended you, I’m sorry.
It didn’t offend me! Thanks for sharing your story.
Kimi, thanks for sharing your stories! Why should we hate you???
Why would we hate you???
Once her dad came home drank, he peed after he opened the door of the closet.
I heard a worse story than that. One of my friend’s told me that her husband had opened a drawer and was squatting over it! I’ll leave the rest to your imagination!
Does people sleep with someone unconsciously when they are drunk?
I’m sure most of you know this, but just in case some of you don’t, “sleep with” is a euphemism for “have sex with.”
Given that this is true, we certainly should change our English education, but I don’t know if it’s a matter of “starting time” or “quality of English education”.
It’s actually a matter of three big problems:
1. Far too many students in a class.
2. Nowhere near enough hours of study.
3. A focus on strange and unnatural English for the purposes for entrance exams.
Starting the students earlier will not make a difference, I’m afraid.
Which is better?
1. He was dead drunk.
2. He was sober.
Which would be better?
You know what, every time I tell my family name(it’s one of typical Okinawan names) or where I am from, most of the people say to me “You must be a big drinker” or “You like drinking.”
I get the same thing being from Wales!
…to excuse for their bad behavior.
…to excuse their bad behavior.
I think Japanese people get drunk and become violent, too.
Not on the scale that British people do, I can assure you! Or not in public, at any rate.
I found afresh there are many incidents caused by alcohol in Japan…
It opened my eyes to how many incidents are caused by alcohol in Japan…./ It made me realise how many incidents….
You’re a really hard worker Kimi. I think your name should be published on the “practice test” as the supervising editor!
I agree! Thanks for all your help. I really appreciate it.
By the way, does “You speak for yourself!” mean「勝手に言ってろ」?
It means “That is just your opinion! I don’t agree.”
…but my husband drinks everyday.
…but my husband drinks every day. (A-Z: everyday)
Well, let me share one story what happened to me.
Let me share one story about something that happened to me.
1.Some students tend to think studying abroad is an end in itself, not a means to an end. Students should not be satisfied with that.
2.He wanted to start a business, so living on one thousand yen a day was a means to an end. He didn’t feel unhappy about bearing enough to live on.
The first sentence is okay. The second should be “Living on such a tight budget didn’t bother him.”
1. We asked a constructor to give us a ballpark figure for how much it would cost to renovate our kitchen and bathroom.（
I think it doesn’t differ so much from the way you do!
Really? I think it is far less common for people to invite their friends to their houses in Japan. This is one of the things I miss about Britain.
Men often can sleep with women who are not his type at all when they are really drunk. Don’t you think so?
I don’t want to upset any wives, but I’m afraid that is true whether we are drunk or not!
Have a great weekend, and see you again with a new topic on Monday.