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17 Scottish Drinking Quirks That Make The Rest Of The World Say "WTF"

Drinking in a park at 1am in January? Yeah that's perfectly normal here.

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1. Keeping your empties and using them as a cross between a trophy and a decoration.

Like the stuffed heads of animals you've killed.
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Like the stuffed heads of animals you've killed.

2. Spending every single social occasion in the pub.

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People in other countries don't automatically gravitate to bars whenever they want to hang out with their friends. Hell, just look at Friends – those guys were always in a coffee shop. Other cultures just don't love pubs the way we do.

3. Our love of caffeinated booze.

Here's a fact that'll blow your mind: Caffeinated alcoholic drinks are actually banned in the US. Imagine the outcry if that happened in Scotland. From Buckfast to Dragon Soop, we just love drinks that wake us up while they get us shitfaced.
Twitter: @jmccorki

Here's a fact that'll blow your mind: Caffeinated alcoholic drinks are actually banned in the US. Imagine the outcry if that happened in Scotland. From Buckfast to Dragon Soop, we just love drinks that wake us up while they get us shitfaced.

4. Drinking outdoors even when it's freezing.

This is basically a rite of passage for all of our teenagers. If you've never made a snow angel in a city-centre park at 1am in January, are you even Scottish?
Twitter: @ScottishCaption

This is basically a rite of passage for all of our teenagers. If you've never made a snow angel in a city-centre park at 1am in January, are you even Scottish?

5. Letting dugs into pubs.

Apparently this is seen as "unhygienic" in other countries: They don't know what they're missing out on. Plus dogs are way more hygienic than drunk people.
Twitter: @katie_pooch

Apparently this is seen as "unhygienic" in other countries: They don't know what they're missing out on. Plus dogs are way more hygienic than drunk people.

6. And letting kids into pubs.

We hardy Scots tend to visit pubs from an early age, but it's not really the done thing in other countries. Still, didn't do me any harm. *strawpedos a pint of whisky*
Twitter: @twisteddoodles

We hardy Scots tend to visit pubs from an early age, but it's not really the done thing in other countries. Still, didn't do me any harm. *strawpedos a pint of whisky*

7. Pouring booze into a bottle of juice so you can drink it on the sly when you're out and about.

Usually when you need to spend a long bus journey into town getting a wee bit pissed with your pals, or when you're up a hill freezing your ass off at Hogmanay.
Twitter: @nicky_justin_x

Usually when you need to spend a long bus journey into town getting a wee bit pissed with your pals, or when you're up a hill freezing your ass off at Hogmanay.

8. Pubs staying open until 1am.

This confuses pretty much everyone who comes to visit, as does the fact off-licences close so damn early. In England, pubs tend to shut at 11pm, but English off-licences are open much later. They even have 24-hour offies in London. Imagine.
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This confuses pretty much everyone who comes to visit, as does the fact off-licences close so damn early. In England, pubs tend to shut at 11pm, but English off-licences are open much later. They even have 24-hour offies in London. Imagine.

9. Our ambitious round system.

Buying rounds when there's two of you is fairly sensible, but buying rounds when there's about 12 of you = a surefire way to make sure you and your friends drink 12 drinks each then shit yourself in the doorway of a pound shop at 1:15am.
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Buying rounds when there's two of you is fairly sensible, but buying rounds when there's about 12 of you = a surefire way to make sure you and your friends drink 12 drinks each then shit yourself in the doorway of a pound shop at 1:15am.

10. Panic-buying two drinks at once when it's last orders.

Because it's after 10pm and you know you can't get anything anywhere else.
Twitter: @Gmac2610

Because it's after 10pm and you know you can't get anything anywhere else.

11. Taking alcohol home from pubs.

"Can I buy a bottle of wine to take home?" "Yes. That'l be £16.99." "FFS"
Twitter: @BeckieGriffiths

"Can I buy a bottle of wine to take home?" "Yes. That'l be £16.99." "FFS"

12. Using literally anything you can find as a mixer.

In Tuscany they drink fine wines on beautiful terraces while nibbling antipasti. In Scotland, we mix Lucozade and Southern Comfort, because...*shrugs*
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In Tuscany they drink fine wines on beautiful terraces while nibbling antipasti. In Scotland, we mix Lucozade and Southern Comfort, because...*shrugs*

13. Takeaways that serve or deliver alcohol.

Although to be fair we really only order wine from a chippy if it's 9:55pm and we won't make it to the off-licence in time. It's our fourth emergency service.
Twitter: @marykate_wolken

Although to be fair we really only order wine from a chippy if it's 9:55pm and we won't make it to the off-licence in time. It's our fourth emergency service.

14. Drinking this like juice.

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People in the US (where MD 20/20 originates) have a healthy respect for this strong, cheap, brightly coloured "wine". But we drink whole bottles in one go.

15. Taking this exact photo whenever you're at an airport.

You have to show this photo along with your boarding pass or you're not allowed on the plane.
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You have to show this photo along with your boarding pass or you're not allowed on the plane.

16. And taking the same photo pretty much as soon as you arrive in another country.

People of other nationalities find the public transport system first, or their hotel. We find the nearest pub or supermarket to see how cheap the drinks are.
Twitter: @DLCookson

People of other nationalities find the public transport system first, or their hotel. We find the nearest pub or supermarket to see how cheap the drinks are.

17. And, of course, getting wasted on trains.

There are literally 1,204,202 more of these tweets. Folk from other countries just don't understand why we treat our train services like a series of mobile pubs.It's because we can, people from other countries. Because we can.
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There are literally 1,204,202 more of these tweets. Folk from other countries just don't understand why we treat our train services like a series of mobile pubs.

It's because we can, people from other countries. Because we can.