DRINKING IN GERMANY...I think I have noticed something!

Gold Winger
Gold Winger

Here in America, drinking with meals goes way back before free refills were a thing. Coffee with breakfast, water with other meals or even coffee at all times of day.

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Ute Ziemes
Ute Ziemes

I'm German. I basically do not drink while I'm eating. If a dish tastes good to me, I want to keep the taste unaltered in my mouth for as long as possible and not falsify or dilute it with a drink. At a meal that is usually served with coffee, I always ask to give me the coffee only afterwards. In this case it is about my coffee enjoyment that I do not want to ruin with bread or cake. Already as a child I drank only when I was thirsty or when I wanted to enjoy a certain drink. We children were able to serve ourselves at any time. How to make a real cocoa, or a children's coffee or a tea, was shown to us early. Cold drinks were always in stock. In case of need, I drank tap water. Tap water tastes great when one is thirsty.

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Uhohhotdog Gaming
Uhohhotdog Gaming

How is it possible to not have something to drink with food???? Are Germans camels?

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masterandii
masterandii

Hey Dana, when I was in North Carolina, I realized that the free water always seems to be chlorinated. I don't know if that is the case in the whole US because I did not experience that in California. But what is your experience? If you know chlorinated water from the US, what do you think why they do it and what do you think about the taste? I really have to admit that I always tried to avoid drinking the free water because I was a little scared by the chlorine in it. Greetings from Düsseldorf Andy

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Julia
Julia

I feel like my peers and I always have some kind of beverage in a restaurant, but when we eat at home (especially lunch), we often don't even put glasses on the table, so of course noone wil drink anything. Anyways, for breakfeast we always trink coffee and for dinner it is water or even beer most of the time. In general I think we do not think enough

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dance2felina
dance2felina

I NEED SOMETHING TO DRINK SO NECCESARY WHILE IM EATING . OTHERWISE I CANT ENJOY MY MEAL!!!!

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David Wise
David Wise

Part of the problem is the difference between the USA v. the European models. In the USA model, you are automatically provided a glass of water, for free. In the European model, you need to order and pay for that water. In the USA, I normally stay with the water that is automatically provided. In Italy, we would order the house rosso, but also a bottle of acqua frizzante.

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Martha Loven
Martha Loven

I've never even imagined eating a meal w/o something to drink. In my Minnesotan brain, that's a foreign concept.

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adlgundafrot
adlgundafrot

I think in Austria it is very normal to drink something to your meal. I´ve never notice something different. It is quite suprising, that germans dont.

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Jennifer Fuss
Jennifer Fuss

I only occassionally order something to drink along side my lunch meals in Germany

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kleinarilou
kleinarilou

Many people are working at an office, and have something (cheap) to dring at their working place - so they can drink before and after lunch without ordering expensive beverage during their lunch hour.

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Daniel28021991
Daniel28021991

I never saw/ did this!

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Michał Wolski
Michał Wolski

In Poland it's quite normal to order hot drinks to your meal, for example a hot tea to your dinner even in the middle of the summer :)

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bearchay889
bearchay889

I have to have a drink, but it's nearly always just a small bit at the end of the meal to cleanse the pallet. That is unless i'm just really dehydrated and need more.

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Mr.X89
Mr.X89

new intro sucks :( where is the little plane flying around???

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Maria Müller
Maria Müller

I almost always drink a beverage with my meal, but I noticed that I often miss to drink between the meals as if I forgot that humans need water to survive.

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Simon Einspieler
Simon Einspieler

i usually drink something when i eat but strangely i first finish eating and afterwards i drink my drink because i was once told that it is healthier that way but i´m not sure if that is realy true guess i´m used to it by now

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Fidi987
Fidi987

My mother told me that when she was a child, they never had water/ drinks at mealtimes and they rarely drank during the day (they had to go to the kitchen to get something to drink). Then, everybody started to talk about "drinking more water" and we all got water bottles in our rooms and water glasses at mealtimes. That's when my mother realized how much we had restricted our water intake before (all family members). In restaurants, they will often give you salted or otherwise heavily spiced food to get you to order more (expensive) drinks. You get condiments such as olive tapenade or garlic dip with baguette etc. before your meal to make you thirsty. And then a small drinks costs about 3 € and a larger one 5 €. So two larger drinks equal a pizza or another small/ medium dishes.

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SilberRegen
SilberRegen

At my grandparents house it was custom not to drink while eating, because "you will eat less if you're full of water and you are at the table to eat". They both always had a glass of water (and bottle for refill) ready on the counter to drink throughout the day, but never on the table for lunch or dinner. We (grandchildren) had to specifically ask for it if we wanted to drink something with the meal. They would however order a drink with their meals in restaurants, most likely a "Radler" or "Pils" :) I assume this is a habit from a period of time, where the time to consume food was limited and you needed all the calories you could get.

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Lena Vogelsang
Lena Vogelsang

when I was in the US I shocked my friends by either taking no drink at all OR taking unsweetened iced tea, without ice. Can't say what grossed them out more, the lack of sugar or the lack of ice.

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Heather Bonin
Heather Bonin

Yeah, no drink with the meal really is odd! I pretty much always have something with. The only occasion I'd say that I don't is when the meal I had was SO heavy and dense that it weighs like a brick in my stomach, and adding a drink to it would be torturous. In those instances I'll wait a while, then most likely have something to drink; the food needs to settle. But to have nothing at all under normal circumstances is strange. The drink serves to be the agent to "wash down" the meal, to break it up, to have something cold or light to serve as a sort of palate cleanser. The drink, in social occasions too, serves as sort of an after-meal activity to carry on while sitting around with the people you're sharing a meal with (after meal wine or coctails, for example.) But to not have anything? Very weird!

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Alistair1231
Alistair1231

most of the time when I have something to drink when I'm eating, I barely touch it until I'm done.

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mehle84
mehle84

In meiner Kindheit wurde immer gesagt, man trinkt nicht während es Essens, sondern erst danach... Keine Ahnung warum...

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MIM-TV
MIM-TV

I don't know just a single German who chokes his food down dry. The first question in the restaurant is always: "Would you like to order your drinks"?, even before you look at the menu. I'm sorry, but you really seem to run out of themes.

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nannakurzhaar
nannakurzhaar

some believe it is not so good to drink too much while eating - it dilutes the acid in the stomach and can make problems to people with a sensitive stomach or digestion trouble. But I don't know a lot of people who don't drink at meals.

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Jasmin
Jasmin

Meine Mutter hat mir immer gesagt ich soll während des Essens nichts trinken, damit ich mich nicht ''satt trinke''. So hat es sich irgendwie auch eingestellt, dass ich zum Essen nichts trinke. Erst danach.

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Richard Leonhard
Richard Leonhard

When I go out to eat, I usually order a beverage with a meal and if I didn't there would be something missing. But other than that, it's really not something I care much about.

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Thomas Stammel
Thomas Stammel

Ich trinke sehr viel beim Essen. Beim Frühstück mindestens 2 Tassen Kaffee, Mittagessen 2 Gläser "Apfelsaftsorle" und zum Abendessen entweder nochmal 2 Gläser "Apfelsaftsorle" oder ein Weißbier oder ein Pils.

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Sebastian Mustermann
Sebastian Mustermann

I'm from Bavaria and I've genuinely never heard of or seen someone not have something to drink whilst eating.

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Norbert
Norbert

Wenn ich Zuhause oder im Restaurant esse habe ich immer was zu trinken, in der Arbeit, zu Mittag (Kantine) hole ich mir nie etwas zu trinken. Maximal nach dem Essen ein Becher Wasser.

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Ellen Norman
Ellen Norman

In Sweden we also always order something to drink, however we also always offer free water. In Germany I have gone to eat (I live here now) a few times without ordering something to drink, which actually is completely fine if you have drunk enough before the meal... however, it is still kind of strange to me. Also, Dana - is your last name Newman (American) or have you taken your husband's name, or has he taken yours, or neither of both?

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Azuris190
Azuris190

I nearly never drink something while i have a meal

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Trifler500
Trifler500

I pretty much always drink something with a major meal, but not always with a snack or light meal. I find that drinking something helps reduce the quantity of food that I eat as well, which is a good thing.

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MrJlin1982
MrJlin1982

Like Stefan, sometimes I will, sometime I won't. I think its European thing,curtainly a northwestern Europe thing. Intresting I gonna check out

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MrJlin1982
MrJlin1982

I the Netherlands they often ask Do you want something to drink? Instead of what do you want to drink?

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Connie Mack
Connie Mack

I'm curious as to whether Germans subscribe to the "eight glasses a day" as we do in the U.S.? I would find it hard to drink a healthy amount of water if I had to avoid drinking around three meals a day, plus I would not want to drink right before bedtime.

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Eva Müller
Eva Müller

U usually get tap water for free at restaurants in Germany

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Pegasos 1986
Pegasos 1986

I am German and I always have something to drink with the meal. It just makes stuff go down so much more easily. But I am also one who will empty a filled glass of beverage within half an hour or so - just because it is there.

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Mayhem
Mayhem

Great videos, but please, for the love of god, make a distinction between german and austrian songs, it might not matter to you, or your american followers, but i've been to oktoberfest a couple of times and i know for a fact that at least 50% of the "german" songs are actually austrian musicians and we are kind of proud of our music, foremost if it's played up and down in every bierzelt at the oktoberfest. Also, i'd love to see you read out STS songs, or austrias unofficial anthem "I am from Austria".

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Quanten Christ
Quanten Christ

Sometimes i first eat my whole meal and then chug down half a liter of water afterwards :D

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Sirena Tobin
Sirena Tobin

I noticed nobody carried around water bottles in Europe except tourists...and there's always the still vs bubbly water thing.

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Mr Person
Mr Person

I always drink something when I eat. Most of the time it's a must because I take big bites and need to help it go down lol.

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Roger Lynch
Roger Lynch

Drinking hear means much more as the commen thought of getting drunk. It is a cultic act to celebebrate civilisation. A sense Americans have lost totaly as the result of the Puritanic influence on their culture. Fine Wine of Beer is NO beverage in the average way. Or as Berry Newman had phrased it in PETROCELLI ones, IT IS VINO and not just a drink. That expressed the European viewpoint very well. In so far dear Dana your premesis is wrong. The meal is just an adition to the fine creation you so ordinary call beverage.

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Glutdrache
Glutdrache

I think it depends where in Germany you're going to a restaurant. Where I live it would be weird not to order a drink. They expect you to order at least a small glas of water

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Toni7926
Toni7926

If people eat alone or with their partner at home, they usually don't drink anything. If there is a group of people in someone's home, he will ask them and they will usually say "yes" to a drink. After all it would be rude not to ask and I feel like accepting a drink is the right thing to do regardless of wanting it, but I can't really say where that thought comes from. If you go to a restaurant, it's usually considered rude not to have at least one drink, because people assume that restaurants earn most of their money by drinks. I've heard on Youtube(not from anyone in the real world, though) that you could ask for tap water as well. I personally would never ask for it, because others might think that you either don't have the necessary money or are too greedy to spend it.

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Phil S.
Phil S.

If you drink a lot while eating, you dilute the stomach acid. This makes it harder for your body to digest the food.

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Lori Mitzel
Lori Mitzel

I have to have a drink, preferably water or iced tea, with a meal. In fact, I have one of those drinks with me at most times. Many Americans carry water with them. In Germany, I wonder what came first, having to pay for water or not drinking a beverage with a meal?

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Manolo García
Manolo García

I'm from Spain and live in Germany and what I have noticed is that most of the time at lunch with family of my girlfriend (German) they put the food and everything in the table BUT NO glases or drinks... and then I stand up and go grab some for me. At the beginning I didn't know if I was being rude or what... but in the end they understood that this is how we do it in Spain :)

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Flower Dolphin
Flower Dolphin

I always order a drink. When the food is dry or very sweet for example, I drink while eating. But when the food is very saucey or moist, I’ll drink before eating, then I eat all of my meal and then I finish my drink.

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Sonnie Travels
Sonnie Travels

In Japan, they don't drink while eating. I rarely ever see anyone drink so I'm always wondering if everyone is dehydrated lol Every time I go to a restaurant, the water is free, but since Japanese people don't drink with their food they give you INCREDIBLY TINY GLASSES! So I had to learn how to ask for a pitcher of water for the table :) P.S. I LOVE your freckles!

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saschapanzer
saschapanzer

Nah that's definitely not true. It's pretty much a given that there's something to drink when you eat basically anywhere and for anybody I know

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Andrew Bristoe
Andrew Bristoe

WOWOOOOOWWW Aussies sometime an only drink meal that is so weird!!!!!

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Rachel Johns
Rachel Johns

I can't not drink something with my meal. It's refreshing in between bites and kind of a pallet cleanser.

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Donny Sandley
Donny Sandley

Come on 🙄 your from the south 😏👍

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Thomas Knip
Thomas Knip

Uh, no, really not. In my 50+ years as a German I NEVER EVER (sorry for shouting) experienced in my family, at relatives, at friends, at strangers,wherever ... a meal without a drink. Be it breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon or dinner. Never. I know of some elder people that they had been taught a a child not to drink while having a meal. So it might be a style of education. Or maybe it's a regional thing. But, nope, it's not common in Germany.

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Gummy Bear
Gummy Bear

I ONLY drink beverages at meals. That's literally the ONLY time, and it's usually diet coke or peach tea that I drink.

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Freddy2TakeOff
Freddy2TakeOff

5:20 "What are your meal drinking beverage habits?" => To be honest: *you* made me thinking of that strange non-drinks habits on meal - and I can't remember having seen this that often. On the other side: as a ½ French-man, I agree that, based on a menue or even a simple breakfast / lunch, liquids have automatically been given with, when I back in France or even in my living area in Germany (Saarland). But also, the Saarland is quite right beside Germany, so the habits went over the border anyway. But there are even some more things based on the "Drinking in Germany"-arguement: in France, when you're sitting in a café or a restaurant: when you're ordering an ice-cup, a glass of water will be automatically been bring to you for free (same in Italy and even some more countries, btw); but, in Germany, as long as you haven't ordered one (which means, that you'll have to pay for too), no water will be offered to you. The waiter is not even obligated, mainly because - let's say: 98 % of the Germans - don't *want* a water accompanying their ice consumption. So, I wonder, if those things you noticed couldn't maybe be a local quirk around Munich & Bavaria ... I don't know, though.

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Jørn Opdahl
Jørn Opdahl

From Norway: Almost never drink anything when eating dinner or lunch. Breakfast, coffee or milk.

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Fotomax K
Fotomax K

I usually drink something when I eat, but not a lot and it depends on what I eat. Btw, I am German

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Markus Wolff
Markus Wolff

When I go to lunch at work, I usually don't get anything to drink. Simply because that would cost extra and I usually have ample liquids back at my desk which I drink all the time throughout the workday. Why would I pay extra just to have something to drink right at the time I'm eating when I know I'll be back at my desk in a few minutes where I already have something that was either much cheaper or even provided for free?

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Martin Ibert
Martin Ibert

I actually have tended to not purchase a drink with my meal in the US, especially when I am driving and hence cannot have any alcohol, as I just go with the free water from the red plastic cups even if it tastes like a swimming pool. My favourite non-alcoholic drink is sparkling water, and that's hard to come by anyway in North America. However, in Germany (where I live) I usually order something to drink. Especially as I know that restaurants usually make their money on the drinks they sell, not so much on the food, so I feel kind of guilty not having at least a small sparkling water with my meal, even at lunch. But I find myself not actually drinking while I am eating. I drink while I wait for my food, and I finish my drink after I have eaten up, but while I am eating I am hardly drinking anything.

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crappiefisher13
crappiefisher13

hmm every person i know has something to drink with his meals and that is given 100%.. so it has to be a 110% given in the US....

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mamavegana
mamavegana

When I was invited to eat with a friend (as a kid) I was shocked that his family didn't have anything to drink with their meal. I got lectured immediately how detrimental drinking while eating is for digestion... and I have met quite a number of people that were brought up that way. I, on the other hand, wouldn't be able to enjoy a meal without having sth to drink available.

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Half Eye
Half Eye

With eating soup or ice cream or jogurth ..., something to drink is unnecessary.

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Reticulon
Reticulon

I usually order several beverages when I eat in a restaurant. Many of my colleagues or friends do not. And most times I pay 2...3 times the amount for my lunch compared to theirs. But although we do not have free refills in Germany, I need to have sth to drink all the time when I eat and to bridge the time waiting for the next dish.

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Torsten
Torsten

I have normally something to Drink during lunch. But in my childhood lunch with my grandparents it wasn‘t ok to drink during lunch. I have no idea why

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Lori Burdeaux
Lori Burdeaux

We ALWAYS have drinks with meals. We live in Texas, and when we eat out, normally the waiter/waitress will come to the table, introduce him/herself, and ask for the drink order. The food order will be taken after the drinks are delivered.

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pipiaakotze
pipiaakotze

As a kid I wasn't allowed to drink while having lunch, I first had to finish eating, my parents told me. They don't wanted me to be fed up by drinking a beverage. (I'm German aswell)

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Petra Schweiker
Petra Schweiker

I am german and it is a must for me drinking while eating. I love a "dünnes Apfelschorle", maybe 10 % apple juice and the rest sparkling water. I am addicted to eat. Lots of people drink too little. At least 1.5 l per day, even more when it is hot. It keeps your skin young. Today is my 48th birthday and a lot of people say I look 10 years younger. 😁😁😁

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tora meno
tora meno

Personally I need something to drink while eating. And my parents always allowed drinking during meals. However, when I visited my grandma, aunts, and uncles as a child it was forbidden to drink during meals (except breakfast... there's no breakfast without coffee and chocolate milk). I never asked why, but later I read somewhere, that drinking dilutes the gastric acid and so it's bad for digestion. (btw I'm from Bavaria, my family is from Franconia)

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Paul S.
Paul S.

I had this experience with ordering dessert in France. I did not want any and the waiter paused and asked again like he did not hear me right.

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LeenLovesDancing 🎈
LeenLovesDancing 🎈

I'm German and I sometimes don't drink at a restaurant because beverages are expensive. I always carry water with me though. 😂

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chemicaldexter
chemicaldexter

I think that maybe Germany and Austria might be similar here (i am austrian). My grandmother believed that drinking before or during a meal is bad, because it fills up the stomach unnecessarely. Maybe this still carries on in culture.

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Aubacher4tel
Aubacher4tel

Hallo Dana hallo Stefan ich mag eure Videos sehr aber irgendwie sind eure Videos sehr leise vielleicht könnt ihr die Lautstärke etwas erhöhen danke

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Felizitas H
Felizitas H

I didn't really realised it, but yes - as a kid it was quite common for us to not have a drink with lunch. Later that changed (I don't know why) but at first it was absolutely normal for us, to not have a drink with lunch! Nowadays I always have something to drink with nearly all meals, even if I might not really need it.

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Pummy's World
Pummy's World

Ages ago, some medics came up with the theory, that beverages would dilute the stomach acid and is therefore harmful to digestion. That's bare nonsense, but it was influential.

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Pr0fessorScience
Pr0fessorScience

I went to a friend's house once for dinner when I was maybe 5 or 6, and I asked for something to drink with my meal and was told no by her parents: "you can have something to drink after you finish eating." I was shocked, plus super uncomfortable - found out later that I had kissing tonsils and eating without drinking any liquids made the irritation worse. In hindsight, their kids were very thin and they were probably trying to make sure they didn't fill up on water instead of actual food. I, however, did not have that problem and intended to finish my food either way. Anyway, never wolfed down a meal so quickly in my life, after which I gulped down two large glasses of water. Her parents probably thought I was being starved at home. Meanwhile, this all happened in NYC.

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Living Flower
Living Flower

If you don't order, don't complain tho. If you say you don't want something to drink, don't complain. Beside you still can order something to drink while you're getting your lunch f.e. Same in Germany households. If you've been asked and say no, it's that way. You can still ask afterwards but people simply don't ask thousands of times to make sure you really don't want to drink, also they don't simply fill you something in because it's actually too expensive even for households if you don't drink it anyway. German politeness is, ask your guest something but don't badger them. It's being assumed that you're actually old enough to know what you want and if you decide to have something, you'll also be old enough to open up your mouth on your own.

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Flek Einssiebeneins
Flek Einssiebeneins

I usually drink after I eat my meal.. I don't know why though^^

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Sowieso
Sowieso

Bei meinen Großeltern durften wir früher auch nichts trinken während des Essens. Er meinte, dann würden wir schneller satt werden und bekämen früher wieder hunger. Normalerweise trinke ich aber immer etwas zum essen.

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The Stonegate Roadrunner
The Stonegate Roadrunner

There's no rule. Everybody decides according to their mood. On top, Germany being not a very hot place to live at, nobody gets health issues by skipping a drink at mealtime.

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Jannet Anderson
Jannet Anderson

I ALWAYS HAVE To Have Something To Drink When I Eat!!!!! Usually Flavoured Water. But In The Summer, I Drink Pure Leaf Lemon Ice Tea. 🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋

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Jean Heart
Jean Heart

Though german, I´m a bad example... grew up in humid Asia, so "always" drinking something - continued here in Germany! Also to pass the time until the food is served PLUS always have a coffee after the meal!

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Billy Riedel
Billy Riedel

I live in America and I sometimes don't drink anything when I eat something

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DeDe6548
DeDe6548

I’m German and I remember that in kindergarten we weren’t allow to drink while having lunch, only after. And that is pretty much what I still do today. I don’t usually drink while eating but after. Also I always carry a bottle of water and have come to take sips of that wherever I am, even if I’m at a cafe or restaurant. Because when I’m there I usually order coffee or something sweet but then I do need some water in between and I then usually just drink my own.

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Kristof Brenzinger
Kristof Brenzinger

At least if you are going to a restaurant I know nobody in Germany that won't order something to drink.

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Melanie K
Melanie K

Dear Dana, I'm from Germany and I usually have a drink with my meals. But actually, I really had to train that, because when I was a child my parents (and also my grandparents) did not allow me to drink something while having lunch or dinner (with breakfast it was okay though 🤔) and also drinks half an hour before those meals were forbidden. They always said it was because the water (or juice or whatever) also fills the stomach and that I could not eat 'enough' when drinking with the meal and become hungry before the next one 🤔🤔🤔 I think it's pretty much nonsense, but it absolutely influences my drinking behaviour, even now as an adult person. PS: I totally love your videos!!!

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green 7/11
green 7/11

I'm from Germany and I really never ordered a meal without something to drink. It would just feel wrong 😂

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pct
pct

i always drink something with my meal, unless i'm really broke. the lunch thing stephan mentioned is interesting because the only occasions where i wouldn't order something to drink is when i'm out for lunch in a uni or work break. if you have the habit of going out to eat lunch somewhat regularly it can be pretty expensive (at least here in vienna) and so an easy way to save a bit of money is to drink some water before and after and not order a drink, depending on the restaruant it saves you 2-3 euros! so that's the only reason why i sometimes don't order drinks, maybe it's different in the us if they bring you free water? here u usually even have to pay a little (like 1 euro) for tap water in some restaurants

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Markus Hans Hesse
Markus Hans Hesse

As a Kid it was absolutely not allowed to drink at lunch. The adults were afraid, we would drink our hunger away

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OfficialRebekka
OfficialRebekka

I always have something to drink when I eat. The only exception is when I´m eating ice cream (I only drink something when it´s pretty hot.) I don´t know I grew up with having something to drink while eating.

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qivis
qivis

With my grandparents I was quite long not allowed to drink while lunch, because they believed, it would weaken the gastric juice ^^

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carudatta
carudatta

Austria is like US, it seems. You sit down at a restaurant table, waiter comes and asks what everyone wants to drink, everyone orders something; waiter comes back with the beverages, in the meantime you've had time to look at the menu and order your food. Personally I hardly ever eat at restaurants, but I NEVER eat without having a drink - usually plain water. The only people I know who don't drink when they eat have all been to an Ayurveda therapist, because those guys typically tell the patient not to have drinks with their meals (which no other doctor in the world does, nowadays).

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Michumatics
Michumatics

I always drink my Spezi :]

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IahThot
IahThot

I think the habit having a drink with the meal and (maybe) swallowing the food with a sip of a non alcoholic drink increased over the last thirty years.

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timmytubede
timmytubede

That depends on where I eat. In a restaurant in Germany beverages are usually very expensive (We're talking about like 5€/l or even more). So I usually don't order a drink there and get me something afterwards. If I'm at home that's another story. A liter of juice from the supermarket for example is only 99 cent. A liter of Coca Cola is 50 cent if you got it on discount. A liter of fresh tap water costs less than a cent usually. So I drink something along my meal if I'm at home. So you might have noticed something, but only for people eating at a restaurant.

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Valérie K
Valérie K

I'm German and I always have something to drink with my meal (like everyone in my family)... the thought of not having something to drink is weird to me

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Hanne K.
Hanne K.

Ich had a boyfriend, when i was young and at his house there was never a beverage on the table except of breakfast. That was really confusing to me. At my house there was never a meal without drinking anything.

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FutureChaosTV
FutureChaosTV

The only thing I could connect to it is that the generation from after the war insisted on you to first eat your meal and then to drink as to stuff yourself as full as possible. But I have never had that happen again for at least the last twenty years.

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EnChoir Anglistik
EnChoir Anglistik

Austrian here - always something to drink with the food. Unless I am super-broke but am going out anyway for some reason.

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ThatOneDude822
ThatOneDude822

I live in the US and have recently started not ordering drinks when I go out to eat (i cut out soda and don't like the tap water they give at restaurants). My experience is consistently similar to Dana’s experience that Stefan was talking about. The waiter usually looks at me kind of funny and says something like “nothing? At all? I can bring you some water!” almost as if they think I’m declining a beverage because I can’t afford it. I decline the water, and they say okay, but almost ALWAYS bring out a glass of water anyway.

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