In Britain you never have to explain why you drink. You do have to explain why you don’t drink. Because it is not normal. The norm is to drink. There must be something in the British psyche which is making people to want to be inebriated for large parts of their lives.
— Alastair Campbell (in Stereotyp documentary on Britain by Knackeboul, see also this article and the brilliant BBC article Why do the British drink so much?)