The World Alcohol Beverage Alliance (WABA) International Wine Industry Research Institute has launched a thorough study to determine if playing Cai Quan, or finger guessing, a common act of Chinese people upon a wine table, can help with people’s synaptic transmission. According to the study, such a practice can be traced back to the imperial Han Dynasty, which has been passed down to the ordinary households and has prevailed over the course of time.

Li Shizhen has put it, “wine is the best medicine of all”, he considered that a moderate amount of alcohol is beneficial to one’s arteries and veins, and a panel of experts from the Institute assumed that moderate drinking with the practice of playing finger guessing could be an effective measure to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), thus the focus of the study has since been established, and the panel decided to conduct the research by keeping track of a group of people who have the habit of finger guessing and moderate drinking.

On November 15th, 2018, a stage has been set for a special “finger boxing”, where “finger-boxers” competed with each other to win the game, experts have studied the top 8 “boxers” and a couple of “potential boxers” via 2 methods called Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) and MoCa Test. Combining the test results and the players’ physical conditions, experts have preliminarily decided that moderate drinking with finger guessing is good for people’s physical and mental health.

Conclusion: Finger guessing while drinking is a distinctive local feature which helps alleviating fatigue and has a tendency to improve well being. Besides, it facilitates the quick response and the memory of the brain and serves as an effective prevention to senile dementia.

—Collected by Chen Youyang of WABA International Wine Industry Research Institute