Yes, but not as strict as the UK (aka, with HK characteristics)
Yes. It has to happen.
Each individual's experience of the world is of course going to be different and subjective. Your idea of strange will be someone else's normal, and vice versa. I personally am amazed at the explosion of ideological purity over the UK lockdown, people willingly handing over their civil liberties to a government who, at the very least, has some very dangerous advisors. I think part of it is that people who once saw cancel culture as the preserve of young liberals, now have the chance to participate in it themselves. And there is no zealot like a convert. Mental some of the shit I see on whatsapp of "social distance shaming".
An individual's liberty stops where an another individuals liberty begins. Trade offs are made on a daily basis depending on points of views. The rights of people to smoke have been severely curbed in favor of the people's right to breathe clean air. Apparently, it is against civil liberties to take people's temperature in parts of Europe so they are getting on planes with fevers. I am not overly concerned about people surrendering some liberties in democratic societies. Of course, it is different in an autocratic place like Hong Kong since you may never get it back and there are no proper mechanism for people to voice their concerns hence the problems that HK have and will continue to face.
When people have nothing but blame towards foreigners importing the virus and spreading it by not wearing masks, a lock down is inevitable. No alcohol will not effect the locals as much since I haven't really seen many locals drinking decent amounts of it. I will admit that I do not know if they drink large amounts at home in front of their parents.
Also, whenever I see the bars in Wanchai or GC, I would say the ratio of western to Asian is around 10:1... compare that to the population demographic of HK.
Some HK people drink and drink to excess, sure, but it's a minority... it's a social norm. in the Anglosphere in particular...
I am sure there are more local bars, drinking dens etc for locals but like the original poster I probably don;t go the the right (or wrong) places.