Countries of Northern Europe have quite a reputation for drinking. A saying about Scandinavians goes that to them, drinking alcohol without getting drunk is a waste of perfectly good alcohol.
British has a pub and binge drinking culture. The most Northern part of the UK, Scotland, is also known as the heaviest drinking one.
The Irish and the Russians also have quite a reputation for drinking.
Is it unjustified stereotypes that all happen to apply to Northern countries?
If not, what are the reasons? Does it all come down to “There’s not much else to do when the weather’s shitty”?
Do very Southern countries in the Southern hemisphere have the same phenomenon?