International students on British drinking habits – ‘people don’t know when to stop’|Thomas Thurnell-Read, Lorraine Brown, and Philip Long

Having seen depictions of British pubs in television, film and, increasingly, social media, most international students were aware of alcohol consumption being important to British culture before they came to the UK. This prior perception was confirmed by their initial experiences on arrival. Our interviewees felt that getting drunk was an important part of British cultural life and reported being initially surprised that drinking to excess was an expected part of university life...