In China, the amount of alcohol you consume is in relation to the amount of respect you have for your host. But what if you want to remain sober, or you are a lightweight when it comes to alcohol? In China, an app called eDaihe (which translates to “to drink on behalf of”) can find you a surrogate drinker who will consume enough booze to let your host feel very respected.
The surrogate drinking service is offered in 36 cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. Pricing is determined through private negotiations between the app user and the surrogate drinker. Over 100,000 people subscribed to the app during the first 24 hours that it was available. Potential surrogates put up a profile that includes their name, gender, location, and the amount of alcohol that they can handle.
Because of U.S. laws and worries about liability, we most likely won’t see this app made available in the states. In fact, it is China’s unique culture that will probably prevent the eDaihe app from being offered in other countries. Besides drinking to give respect to a host, most family gatherings see plenty of alcohol consumed and business deals are often sealed with plenty of drinking.
source: SCMP via Newsweek