Japan is a drinking country. You do not have to be here very long before you see your first salary man passed out in front of the station, dead drunk, at about 7 at night. Fact of life in Japan, some people here drink hard. In fact, largely the same thing can be said of the foreign community in Japan as well, though we tend to pass out a bit later than 7. The link below is to a great article about alcoholism among the foreign community and what help is available.
If you are in Nagoya, and think you have a problem ignoring the call of the wild chu-hai, there is help available in English.
Mikokoro [Sacred Heart] Center, Hisaya-Odori Station
English-language A.A. [Alcoholics Anonymous] meetings on Sundays from 19:00.
From Hisaya-Odori subway station, go out Exit 1 (Starbucks). Walk north (you’ll see the elevated expressway in front of you), and cross two small streets until you reach the Otsubashi bus stop. Look across the street and you’ll see the Mikokoro Center.
English AA meets on the 2nd Floor
Open Meeting every Sunday starting at 7pm/1900
3-6-43 Marunouchi, Naka-ku, Nagoya 460-0002
 971-0334 | www.mikokoro.net
Michael 052-832-3110 (ext. 439) or 090-7699-8311 email@example.com
By ASHLEY THOMPSON
“A reader has a query about alcoholism in Japan: “How is it generally perceived and what kind of help is available for foreign alcoholics who speak little to no Japanese?”
It will come as no surprise to any Japan resident to hear that alcoholism is a problem in this country, just as it is in other parts of the world. Needless to say, this disease affects not only Japanese but non-Japanese living here as well.”
For Tokyo http://aatokyo.org/