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.
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. It doesn't end there, though. Even when drunk, Ann says clubbers will usually order more bottles of spirit inside the nightspot. My friends make sure my cup is always full," says Ann nonchalantly.
When asked to give an estimate of exactly how much she drinks, she says: "I really don't count. Maybe about 10 glasses? All too often, binge drinkers like Ann can be seen passed out and sprawled on the ground at the end of a clubbing night.
Once, I had to tell one young woman's friends to try to cover her up because she was wearing too short a skirt. Another person was vomiting all over her long hair," says a resident of Robertson Quay, which is near the popular Zouk nightclub.
When approached for this story, a Zouk spokesman says that staff are alert for people who have had too much and will offer them water instead. He adds: "At the club, the binge drinking hasn't become worse, However, there is the problem of many clubbers 'pre-gaming' and drinking copious amounts of alcohol at the riverside behind Zouk. This has been getting worse with time. This happens at clubs everywhere, despite previous calls from nightclub owners to try to stop the problem by limiting the alcohol available at convenience stores.
If you walk past the drinking outlets dotting the banks of the Singapore River or in the Marina Bay area after clubbing hours on a Friday, you will see party-goers who have passed out. As Ann shockingly admits, it is her goal to get tanked.
She hardly remembers what happens when she's out partying. She laughs as she adds: "Usually, it's very embarrassing like making out with many strangers on the dance floor or stumbling all over the club.
Lawrence, 20, is in national service and requested that we don't use his full name to avoid trouble. He admits that he stays clean all week, then goes overboard on the one weekend night out. Everyone else gets wasted, so it's not fun when you're the only one left to take care of the others," says Lawrence, who says he has at least eight drinks each night he parties. Ann's parents have tried to stop her from going out at night because of her drinking habits but she does not heed their advice.
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