Advertisement
Saturday, Nov 27, 2021
Outlook.com
women drinking

Swiggin' Janes

With drinking no longer taboo for middle-class urban Indian women, they're imbibing it with much spirit

Swiggin' Janes
T. Narayan
Swiggin' Janes
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

Harsimran is one of thousands of urban, middle-class Indian women who head to a bar a couple of times every week, to wind down with a drink after a hard day’s work, or pass the night in a hedonistic blur of potent cocktails and shots. Fuelled with their new financial independence and the increasing social tolerance of women’s drinking, more urban women are drinking than before. They might begin their drinking careers with innocuous-tasting Baileys and breezers; comforting and sweet confections which, nevertheless, contain hard spirits. But they soon move on to undisguised and unabashedly stiffer drinks—whisky, vodka, gin.

A number of studies, including the recently released Alcohol Atlas, are also throwing up some explosive data on the drinking patterns of Indian women. For one, never mind all those debates on whether the legal drinking age ought to be 25 or 21, many girls now start drinking in their teens. Like 19-year-old Leela. "I’ve been drinking since I was 12," says the trainee in a Chennai-based ad agency. "And by the time I was 15, I’d done all that 18-year-old kids do. So when my college classmates got excited about their first beer, for me, it was all pretty sedate."

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Roses Among Thorns: The Many Solidarities Of Diverse Protests

Roses Among Thorns: The Many Solidarities Of Diverse Protests

Every act of dissent is an art. Of pain and pathos. Of hope and new dawn. It’s their story. It’s everyone’s story.

Jai Kisan: Success Of Farmers' Protest Proves The Strength Of Their Convictions

Jai Kisan: Success Of Farmers' Protest Proves The Strength Of Their Convictions

Farmers’ movement reaffirms that peasants are makers of their own rebellion.

Pragmatic Shreyas Iyer Wants To 'Stay In The Moment,' Not Thinking Of Kohli’s Return

Pragmatic Shreyas Iyer Wants To 'Stay In The Moment,' Not Thinking Of Kohli’s Return

Shreyas Iyer scored a century on debut in the first IND vs NZ Test in Kanpur. It remains to be seen whether Iyer will play when Virat Kohli returns for the Mumbai Test.

‘Clock Can Be Reversed In J&K After Farm Laws Repeal’

‘Clock Can Be Reversed In J&K After Farm Laws Repeal’

Former Chief Minister and Member Parliament Dr Farooq Abdullah:'The restoration of early statehood and Article 370 is the only way forward. Otherwise, Kashmiris will continue to bleed and there will be hardly any progress in this part of the world'.

Advertisement