Youth & Alcohol in Chile “Trago a Quina” Part 1

TVN-Trago a quinaThis is a quickie post to let you all know that tonight National Chilean Television (TVN)’s Informe Especial program will air a report on youth drinking in Chile… okay, you say, and…?

The “and” is that I will be on the show.  A couple months ago the producers of the program contacted me as a sommelier and asked me to gather a group of sommeliers to for a tasting (that means evaluation) of the products that will be featured on the show.

By the time they got to me, they had already interviewed the young people (teens and early 20s) that gather in parks to drink–often heavily–on weekends. They found that they usually drink “coolers” and rum, so they bought the same products most often consumed, sent them to be chemically analyzed, then took the results to the medical community (neurologists, I believe), and then came to us, the sommeliers, for a blind tasting… man was that rough work… but we did it… and the results will be aired tonight right after the soap “Donde está Elisa,” which means about 11:40.

For anyone outside the Chilean television viewing range who would like to see it, you can watch it on Internet at

You can also check out the preview (which shows me making faces) at

By the way, the title “Trago a quina” refers to bottles of rum sold for less than $500 Chilean pesos (less than $1 US!)… which should give you an idea of what this is all about.

I’ll write up Part 2 after the show… unless, of course, I die of embarrassment while watching it!

5 responses to “Youth & Alcohol in Chile “Trago a Quina” Part 1

  1. This is a great blog!…great content and very well written..your efforts are apprieciated

  2. Thanks! More to come soon!

  3. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  4. ¿Can you believe that I didn’t know what “trago a quina” meant? And I’m Chilean…

  5. @Raúl- yeah, well my guess is you’re not part of the hanging out in the park to get drunk quick crowd! 😉

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