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Graphic: Twenty-Five of the World’s Weirdest Drinking Customs


Never toast with a glass of water in Spain, or you may severely regret it.

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Off to Italy? Don’t even think of ordering beer with dinner. In fact, the next time you set off for an international adventure anywhere, you might want to brush up on the local drinking customs to avoid offending someone—or even bringing a lifelong curse upon yourself.

Apparently, the world is full of superstitious rituals around alcohol consumption. In Spain, for example, cheersing with a glass of water will earn you seven years of bad sex. And in Hungary, you should avoid clinking glasses entirely, due to the way some Austrians celebrated the execution of a group of Hungarian revolutionaries in 1848. These important factoids and others are brought to you by WineInvestment.com, who have created this fascinating infographic.

Interestingly, the chart makes no mention of American drinking customs, like the popular practice of drinking through a funnel while being suspended upside down over a keg of beer.