As a comic strip in a mainstream newspaper, I barely show the characters drinking, much less very drunk (or as the Americans call it, shit-faced). On the other hand, it’s a real situation when young men have to drink with their prospective father-in-law, who spend every night drinking scotch (or whiskey) with their drinking buddies (whiskada?) And you do it out of love, or maybe respect, or just being Filipino.

So writing about this rite-of-passage is very much the same as undergoing the rite-of-passage itself.