An American asked Brits if they really go to the pub so often and they were only too happy to help
There’s no shortage of cultural differences between the UK and the US, obviously, but this particular Redditor was only interested in one of them, the two nation’s differing attitudes towards alcohol.
Specifically, the concept of ‘going to the pub’.
Here’s what throwaway0891245 had to ask.
And it prompted no end of informative and entertaining responses after it went viral on Twitter. Here are our 13 favourites.
Tell him about meat raffles.
— Martyn Atkins (@martynpatrick) September 6, 2021
Best bit is in the comments pic.twitter.com/gtWvGNn2SV
— James (@jamesmcgraw) September 6, 2021
When I lived and worked in the US, we went for a departmental lunch and one of my colleagues ordered a glass of wine. There was *much* gossip about her in the days that followed, worrying that she Might Have a Problem, etc.
— Ben Stephens (@stephens_ben) September 6, 2021
To be fair, it’s no longer the norm to have three pints at lunchtime. We’ve definitely regressed as a society since the 90s.
— David Roe (@DavidRoe92) September 7, 2021
A friend just sent me this after sharing your tweet pic.twitter.com/MbogiF5Ef5
— Sidney Debaque (he/him) (@SidneyDebaque) September 7, 2021
Lol this is like when my American friend asked what to get her team as a well done gift and I said booze. All her other American friends were stunned. They couldn’t believe that was a normal thing here
— ly (@wee_frumpy) September 6, 2021
I love the use of quotes around “go to the pub”. It’s not a figure of speech mate, we really do go to the pub
— Eddie Robson (@EddieRobson) September 7, 2021
I remember seeing a leaflet in California titled, “Am I an alcoholic?”, and criteria included having an alcoholic drink more than once a week and “drinking alcohol to relax”.
— Mark Ludmon (@MarkLudmon) September 7, 2021
Not only is going ‘down the pub’ a thing it’s much more than that. At the Pub you can play Darts, Aunt Sally, Pool, Dominoes etc where you can play your rival pubs in leagues. There is also Morris Dancing which is interlinked with Pubs in oh so many ways.
— Richard Grimbo-Yatesy 🎊🎊 (@yatesy_oi_oi) September 7, 2021
I remember chatting with a US comic book editor many years ago & he loved coming over to the UK for conventions etc. “Back home, people think I have a drink problem, over here I’m just ‘sociable'”
— Mark Worthington (@uncletel5705) September 7, 2021
This reminds me of the @lucyportercomic gag – Americans go for “drinks” and have one drink, the British go for a “drink” and have loads. Sorry for paraphrasing.
— bruce dessau (@brucedes) September 7, 2021
This must be somebody who lives in a phenomenally small bubble
— Dismal Abysmal (@DismalAbysmal) September 6, 2021
the bubble is colloquially known as “not britain”
— Dirch For Red October (@YavenyChrosac) September 6, 2021
To conclude …
— Ali Plumb (@AliPlumb) September 7, 2021
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