, the Russian hangover
, is not an unpleasant after-effect of drinking
, but an accepted and important part of the drinking process - a half or third-way stage
, a significant marker. On reaching pokhmelye, the dedicated drinker
does not stop drinking; he merely pauses. Allowing the alcohol to settle in his bloodstream
. Steadying that part of his being which is still known in this country as the soul. Then he presses on. The verb pokhmelitsa
('to have a hangover') does not mean to resort to the Alka-Seltzer
. It means - and we should be quite clear about this
- to reach for another drink."
-from a website named 'The Other St. Petersburg', a more practical city guide to that noble place. I hope to one day achieve this state.