Hey! When you're thirsty, then you're thirsty! There must be a lot of thirsty folks in Britain!
In November of 1972, I participated in the LONGEX 72 Naval Exercises down in Auckland to Wellington. Participants were the Navies from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the US. While we were all interacting, it seemed that the Canadians were the most prolific drinkers in the lot! In fact, we were told from the Canadian sailors that they were allowed to drink on board ship!
So you're whining about the Brits is a total shock to me because in my book, the Canadians are the ones that will drink a person under the table!