Before you panic that I am wasting away (chance would be a fine thing) I mean that the fridge is empty of....booze. Living here means that you can't ust nip down to the local offie or corner shop and buy booze, nor can you stock up during a regular shop at a big supermarket.
To be able to buy any alcohol to consumer in your own home you need a licence. getting one of these is a long process, it involves having a visa, work permit, stamp and letter from your employer saying they don't object to it, oh and was there a tenancy agreement too? Can't remember. Suffice to say it wasn't easy - and then you have to wait five weeks for it!
You can only buy alcohol from certain places - they tend to be 'hidden' (used to be called hole in the walls), you don't need a secret handshake to get in, but they are discreet places, and once in you can purchase every alocholic beverage imaginable.
So, if you find yourself in the upsetting situation where the house is dry, it isn't easy to remedy too quickly. Just as well I live 5 mins from three five star hotels which serve wine, then!