Drunk people at Zouk, Clarke Quay

Drunk people at Zouk, Clarke Quay

SINGAPORE - Every weekend, she puts on her best party outfit and leaves the house with her make-up perfectly done.

But when she returns home, Ann's eyeliner is smudged. Her lipstick has all but disappeared and her hair is dishevelled. Her dress is stained with spilled drinks and her vomit.

That's how the marketing executive, 23, returns from a night of revelry, which always involves binge drinking.

Binge drinking refers to excessive consumption of alcohol over a short time.

"I know it's bad but it's the fastest way to get high," says Ann with a sigh.

"How to have fun if you're not high?"

She asks that we do not use her full name as she does not want to lose her job.

Ann admits that she gets some cheap alcohol from liquor stores before hitting her usual nightclub along the Singapore River.

She and her friends share the cost of a bottle - sometimes two - of whiskey and down all of that quickly.

"I just don't want to enter a club sober," she says, reflecting a trend among clubbers here who down cheap alcohol before getting into a club.

It doesn't end there, though.

Even when drunk, Ann says clubbers will usually order more bottles of spirit inside the nightspot.

"When we open bottles, I don't really keep track of how much I'm drinking. My friends make sure my cup is always full," says Ann nonchalantly.

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