Now watch this clip - it shows a group of English friends who have a new flatmate from Holland. They find her attitude to (not) drinking very confusing. It sums up the British perfectly:
You can find a tapescript of the clip on this free worksheet, https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B1LCyaQkPPAhdWNteFRFamZaMEk
Here is some more useful vocabulary for drinking in Britain:
a soft drink
Can you match the word in the box with the definitions below? Answers are on the worksheet.
1. ------ a non-alcoholic drink
2. ----- a shop which sells alcohol (in Australia “bottle shop” in the USA “liquor store”)
3. ---- drinks such as whisky, vodka, rum, tequila etc
4. ----- a small drink which you drink very quickly (in one gulp)
5. ---- a traditional british beer, also called ale, dark gold colour, often served at room-temperature – served in pints or half pints
6. ---- a cold, golden-colour beer, usually imported from France, Belgium, Germany etc – served in pints or half pints
7. ---- a mix of beer and lemonade, popular with in summer especially with ladies and Australian men.
8. ---- a person who doesn’t drink alcohol
9. ---- an adjective meaning “not drunk”
10. ---- a cold, golden-colour drink, made from apples, served in pints or half pints.
11. ---- a selection of drinks which you buy for everybody with you (everybody takes turns to buy all the drinks, we don’t just buy individual drinks for ourselves).
12. ---- adjectives used to describe if a drink has bubbles or not.