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Limiting alcohol turns adults into teenagers

World Cup Diary:

On Friday, the eve of the opening of the 2022 World Cup, I’m on my technique to dinner with folks from UOL on the lodge after a working day. I name one other journalist pal and say: “Sell beer”. My colleague instantly replied that he would discover me there.

The dialogue illustrates what has develop into the habits of a lot of the employees and followers at this World Cup within the face of Qatar’s restrictions on alcoholic drinks. We all develop into teenagers once more, attempting to beat obstacles in order that we are able to drink beer on the finish of the day – and have the ability to pay for them.

A pal signifies the area the place accommodations and eating places are licensed, one other says that he acquired a cargo from a pal and saved it within the lodge, a 3rd explains that it’s attainable to acquire a license to purchase drinks in markets.

In Qatar, international nationals and residents should purchase drinks at sure locations to devour at house. This alternative has opened up for many who work right here on the World Cup. My card, if I’ll say so, ought to arrive within the subsequent few days. I really feel like a youngster who received a pretend ID to go to a bar (mine is cool, see).

The matter is so bureaucratized that the day on which you’ll purchase your drink with the required amount should nonetheless be specified with an endorsement. This is a chance to purchase a beer for round R$20. Wow!!! See if I’ve time to hit the market with the World Cup frenzy.

Outside the market, the most affordable bars will cost you slightly below US$10 (R$55) for an extended neck. That’s 5 occasions greater than you pay in an analogous bar in Brazil.

The habits of the followers is so modified that the opposite day I noticed a video of a man consuming bottles in a row for the modest worth of R$90 every. He spent hundreds of {dollars}. actually?

At the opening of the cup, the cry of despair of the Ecuadorians: “We need beer, we wish beer”. At Fan Fest, mile-long strains to purchase a bottle, confusion on the door as a consequence of too many individuals eager to enter the occasion.

Fifa president Giani Infantino has mentioned followers will “survive” after a last-minute beer ban round stadiums was put in place. It’s as if the World Cup is about survival, not enjoyable. This is similar Infantino who put within the guide for followers that they’ll drink close to the arenas.

What is for certain is that Qatar has imposed its personal tariffs on all followers going to the cup. But there in Doha they’re attempting to beat these habits. It’s as if Qatar is a restrictive mum or dad who needs to maintain us sober.

When a pal got here to an Indian restaurant – the one which “sells beer”, we requested for a bucket with 5 small bottles for the 2 of us. It value us greater than 3 times what my dish value. A colleague from UOL requested if he may take the top of the bottle. “Sure,” we replied. “That alone is value its weight in gold,” he noticed.

This Monday’s UOL News Copa (21) talks about England’s World Cup debut, evaluation of the participation of Brazilian referees Raphael Klaus and Wilton Pereira Sampaio, new VAR know-how, Brazil’s second coaching session, stars exterior the Championship and extra. ! Check:

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