British Drinking Culture! 🥂

By Brian Lemay 36 comments

It’s a well-known stereotype that we
Brits love to drink and by drink we mean *drink* drink! Beer, wine, cider, spirits, bubbly… you name it we can down it but where did this reputation even come from
and more importantly is it true? Well you only have to watch Brits abroad to see
that we definitely drink for different reasons than many of our European
friends in Spain Greece and France people seem to drink alongside food
contributing to an experience which is enjoyed with friends but in the UK
people seem to drink with the sole aim of getting drunk. Drunk, wasted, pissed,
trashed these are some of the words you’ll hear Brits refer to themselves as
when stumbling out of a club at 3:00am The legal age for drinking in the
UK is fairly complicated you have to be 18 in order to buy alcohol from a shop
or a bar but if you’re 16 or 17 you are legally allowed to have beer, wine or
cider with a meal as long as you’re accompanied by an adult and it’s bought
by an adult. But not spirits, it’s illegal for 16 or 17 year olds have spirits because
that make sense! Yeah if you’re between the ages of 5 and 16 though you
can legally drink alcohol at home that’s right as long as you’re 6 years old
you can drink alcohol at home legally although the government do recommend
that an alcohol-free childhood is the healthiest and best option. So perhaps
this is why Brits drink more heavily than other countries because we start
earlier than anyone else no one quite knows the reasons why Brits love booze so much, but in terms of socialising it is a huge part of British culture. According
to alcohol concern drinks are 61 percent more affordable today than they were in
the 80s unless you live in London then you’re forced to choose between having
one cocktail on a night out or paying rent but before you assume that we Brits
are the heaviest drinkers you might be interested to know that we’re in good
company when it comes to the amount of alcohol consumed although the French
might have a civilized meal with their drink they actually drink more alcohol
per year than us so do Australians and many Eastern European countries they
just don’t stumble out of clubs vomit on the pavement and drunk called their ex! So guys thank you so much for watching that video we just thought we’d give you a
little bit of info on British culture in terms of drinking and boozing that’s a
good slang word if you want to use that boozing! We’re here at the YouTube Space
they’ve built a nightclub set the last time we were here it was in the pub video
where we were in the pub set, oh yeah that was a great video, it was! If you haven’t seen that we’ll link it up in the description below yeah hopefully this
has cleared up a bit of what it’s like in the UK in terms of drinking culture
coz we know it’s quite different where lots of you are from. Excellent so if you did enjoy the video please like and comment and share and all the things and we will
see you next time bye


shahafas k.a

Dec 12, 2017, 7:03 am Reply

Woa! Awesome thanks to you guys! 🙂

Ezekiel Anthony

Dec 12, 2017, 7:08 am Reply



Dec 12, 2017, 7:16 am Reply

Culturally insightful. Thanks! [Lia, thanks for the update on pronunciation: KON trih byuting]


Dec 12, 2017, 7:41 am Reply

Really appreciate this video! Well done! Drinking conventions in the UK is a topic my students ask about all the time.Thanks for your insight! BTW: grooving on the production values and look. Cool guys! Love and cheers! 👍💗😘🎄🇬🇧

Simon Dario Valdivia Alberti

Dec 12, 2017, 9:56 am Reply

I like more when you guys are just yourselves talking and not like getting a script, it feels more like a realistic/sincere conversation and obviously you both are just so funny and lovely! I have been seeing your videos several months now, you guys definitely make me smile every time ♥️

Beatrix Wickson

Dec 12, 2017, 12:09 pm Reply

To be fair, many Australians are also shameless pissheads who binge drink and then do the walk of shame in the dawn light. So you're not alone.

Sunkara Eliya

Dec 12, 2017, 12:52 pm Reply

Likely means probable or expected.could you please explain this?

Serina T

Dec 12, 2017, 2:27 pm Reply

I have lived in England my whole life and due to being bought up in a Muslim background I have never drunk alcohol and I'm 18 😊

Nikolay Smirnov

Dec 12, 2017, 3:08 am Reply

Brits drink less than Russians do – believe me 🙂

Karen Murray

Dec 12, 2017, 4:53 am Reply

Suddenly inspired to wear a tiny umbrella in my hair.


Dec 12, 2017, 10:18 pm Reply

Another great video, was actually having a glass of wine whilst watching.

Stefano Gucciardi

Dec 12, 2017, 1:40 pm Reply

I didn't drink my whole life, then I lived 2 years in London…

Laura C

Dec 12, 2017, 3:03 am Reply

Moral of the video eat when you drink.

tony rant n rave

Dec 12, 2017, 9:24 am Reply

I think the reason for the boozing culture goes way back to the first world war when the pub opening times were restricted so the working man wasn't drinking but working. After the outbreak of World War I the Defence of the Realm Act was passed by Parliament in 1914. One section of the Act concerned the hours pubs could sell alcohol, as it was believed that alcohol consumption would interfere with the war effort. It restricted opening hours for licensed premises to luncheon (12:00 to 14:40) and supper (18:30 to 21:30). But I remember pubs opening at 11:00 to 15:00 and 18:00 to 22:30. So the male population had to neck as much ale as they could and the one who could drink the most was always looked at as being "the man" and that is why we drink so much, because we can!

Laura Nicol Lozano Suarez

Dec 12, 2017, 10:35 pm Reply

LOVE your accent!
thanks for the video from Colombia


Dec 12, 2017, 12:44 am Reply

Brits drink so much because they have no idea how to socialize or have fun if they haven't completely drunk their inhibitions into oblivion. Sad.

Kristina K.

Jan 1, 2018, 6:39 pm Reply

Hello, I discovered you through Jess's channel and her I discovered while looking for information about London. Both of you have been very helpful as for what to expect when going to London. I'm traveling to London for the first time next week and am very nervous mostly about the amount of people in London streets. I've heard that it's very busy and seen some videos of overcrowded streets (just seeing the amount of people there is terrifying, the will literally eat me alive). My plan is mostly to walk around, keep a low profile and definitely not use a public transportation, as I don't want to get lost and in trouble. 😀
Also, I will be going on a date with a proper English man and I'm really nervous about meeting him. The reason I'm writing to you about my planned date because I was wondering, if you could give any suggestions or maybe make a video about what to expect when going on a date with an English man and what should I be aware of. He is polite whenever we text or call but what annoys me mostly is the amount of English slang he is using and I'm struggling to understand him because he is also speaking very fast and I feel complete idiot because I do not understand a thing he is saying. I've asked him before to speak in proper British English because I'm not familiar with the local slang, because excuse me, we were not taught to this in an Eastern European school. It was all about the past and future tenses, articles and being extremely polite! 😉
Anyway (is it anyway or anyways? I don't like "anyways" but I've seen and heard it lately many times…), I'd appreciate very much if you could give me a couple of advises on how to handle a very verbal English man.
Thank you and I'm looking forward to your new videos! 🙂

Lori Delia

Feb 2, 2018, 1:12 am Reply

Too funny,😀

John R

Mar 3, 2018, 5:30 pm Reply

I've got a short story and one that reinforces the stereotype. A year ago my wife and I were in London and staying in the Sofitel located at Heathrow. Each evening we'd go to the lounge for dinner. The hotel put out…well, you name it…it was all there…lots of drink choices. We are wine fans so my wife and I sampled wines with our favorite being an Argentinian Malbec.

There were a couple of couples who we thought were local; maybe not from London but British. Nearly all of them went straight for the gin each night we saw them. Nothing wrong with that of course but kind of funny just the same.

Isi Ggarcia

May 5, 2018, 8:15 pm Reply

Looks like you've had it. God bless

Diego Fianza

May 5, 2018, 2:02 pm Reply

I dig this vid…very well produced.

Dan Belbey

May 5, 2018, 2:48 pm Reply

Because of age restrictions in the USA, there is a lot of underage illegal drinking because it is thought to be so taboo…..naturally when the age was reduced to 18-year-olds, who had no experience with ETOH, the automobile accidents increased to the extent that they raised the drinking age once again to 21-years of age! Drinking in the USA is not cheap usually, so by the very nature of things cost wise, we don't have as much of a culture any longer! I never touch Spirits, but I do consume an inordinate amount of wine on a weekly basis. I believe in the French dictum: A Day without Wine is like a Day without Sunshine!

buster brown

May 5, 2018, 4:17 pm Reply

Being of Irish and American Indian extraction….many Americans have a predisposed problem with alcohol.

heidi gibbons

Jul 7, 2018, 11:41 pm Reply

Holy shit, you start early!

heidi gibbons

Jul 7, 2018, 11:42 pm Reply

What about Scotland and Ireland?

Alcolex Bryan

Jul 7, 2018, 12:36 pm Reply

British people can not handle their alcohol at all especially not as much as Irish people


Jul 7, 2018, 5:43 am Reply

I like your umbrella fixed in your hair 🙂

Galaxy Animal

Jul 7, 2018, 3:06 am Reply

Russia drinks the most alcohol, & has the highest death rate from alcohol-related diseases.

Nily Sener

Feb 2, 2019, 4:31 pm Reply

“We start earlier than anyone else”
20 of the european countries are cringing

Molly Brown

Apr 4, 2019, 9:24 pm Reply

Honestly i think most brits have gotten drunk by at least 13

Jack Taylor

Apr 4, 2019, 10:15 pm Reply

Tory cunt. Been sipping cider from 12 on the park. Up the fucking north

Animation Mojo

Aug 8, 2019, 8:39 am Reply

I’m a Brit, I’m now 28, first time I got drunk was 13.

Lyuboslav Petrov

Sep 9, 2019, 10:26 pm Reply

no life meaning or purpose, depression and crappy weather are some of the reasons people get wasted in Engalnd

Albert Meza

Oct 10, 2019, 11:27 am Reply

Joel, you looked very handsome and, quite approachable, back in the day. Lia, cute as a button, as always.

Zach Butts

Nov 11, 2019, 10:00 am Reply

This video didn't explain anything about the drinking culture in England traditionally or in modern times. Waste of time.

banjo mcgrooder

Jan 1, 2020, 1:52 pm Reply

We train the kids on Shandy Bass.

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