23 Aug '11, 9pm

"Candidates with good drinking capacity will be prioritized." What better explains China's rise?

BEIJING - Mr Peter Chi, from north-eastern Liaoning province, knows he has to cut back on his four-times-a-week drinking habit. He has passed out at the table on numerous evenings and was once hospitalised after drinking spurious alcohol. He is not an alcoholic or a party animal but as a respectable head teacher in his 40s, he feels he has little choice but to indulge or risk harming his career. "No one likes binge drinking but it's not under your control," he complains. "Of course I don't like it but there's nothing I can do." Unlike in the West, heavy drinkers in China are older and, in many cases, imbibing not just for fun but for career reasons. "If I drink, it doesn't necessarily help me get promoted but if I don't, it's less likely that I will be," Mr Chi explains. "So I must drink, even if it's not pleasant at all ... It's very normal to get an order to drink from b...

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