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Cultural differences: alcohol, cigarettes, party

Cultural differences: alcohol, cigarettes, party

First, we haven’t got the same access to alcohol and cigarettes. In Germany, we have student pubs which are directly in the residence. For example, I just have to take my residence elevator and I would be directly in a student pub downstairs. In one way, we feel more “safe” because I haven’t got to across a city by night to come back home

But, it’s quite dangerous because the access to alcohol is easier, and we could say every day to our friends “yeah, why not for a beer tonight”. Here, I think that people have a quotidian consummation of alcohol quickly. It’s not only because of the distance, but also the price. The student bar purpose cheaper price because the waiters are volunteers’ students, and we can have a beer (0,5 cl) for only 1,50€.

It’s the same problem with the cigarettes, the price is cheaper that in France (about one or two euros of difference) and the access is easier. We can buy it in supermarket, just before we pay our products, in a tobacco or at special machines. Those special machines are in the street or in our student residence and they are accessible at every hour. We just must select the packet, put money and a national card to prove our majority and we have the packet. It’s not accessible to someone without a German national card but I think that it encourages the addiction.

Secondly, the quantity of alcohol isn’t the same at all. Generally, when we ask for a fresh beer (not from a bottle) it will directly be half of a liter. In France, it’s generally something about 0,25cl. Also, the cocktails are truly stronger and all the French girls couldn’t drink they

Thirdly, parties generally are in the middle of the week. It was weird and illogical for me because party and courses aren’t a good mix. They are organized each Wednesday in one or some of the three main student pubs. Nothing happen during the week-end because all the students came back their family home.

Finally, advertising of alcohol and cigarettes are allowed in Germany and they promoted a cool image of those products, even if they are truly dangerous.

MundiVox

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