In relation to the above post; the British drink much more than almost any nation except possibly the Aussies. We’re good at it. In most places socialising revolves around the local pub (see any of our soaps for proof)
You may be interested to know we have had occasional panics about drinking, resulting in the creation of our draconian licencing laws.
However we are going through a relaxed period and the governement is planning to relax licencing restrictions to allow pubs to set their own hours (as they do in scotland).
At the same time they are also planning on cracking down on happy hours, as they think it causes bingeing.
No plans to shift the age from 18 though (and many town centre pubs operate an over 21 policy - although this is more for sound business reasons than altruism (18 years olds are rarely that rich).