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Utter nonsense. The average Pole drinks far less than the average Brit and many of them hardly drink at all. The Polish attitude to alcohol is bizarre. Just about every Pole will tell you that ‘a strong head for alcohol’ is a defining characteristic of the typical Pole, and then immediately tell you that they themselves hardly drink. I’ve come across dozens of Poles, male and female, who just don’t drink at all; I think I’ve met one Englishman in my entire life who forswears. A Polish woman who drinks more than the occasional glass of wine or sickly sweet ‘hot beer’ is truly a thing to marvel at. British lasses suck down pints with the best of them and will question your manhood if you’re unable to keep up.
The truth is that my 87-year-old grandfather could drink the average Pole under the table without really trying. In fact, I believe this is actually one of his hobbies now that he’s given up golf.
So where does this myth come from? The answer is, of course, from the phenomenon of the public drunk. For some reason that I’ve never quite been able to fathom, alcoholics in Poland carry out their business in public. They get utterly wasted on industrial grade spiritus and then pass out on the nearest pavement, bench, doorstep, or Police car; often in 3 foot of snow. My sources tell me this is mainly because they get kicked out of the house at dawn by their wives or mothers or aunts and can’t afford to go to pubs. The point is that finding comatose alcoholics strewn about the streets is a new phenomenon for visiting westerners. They tend to get the impression that most Poles are staggering around half-cut most of the time as a consequence. Nothing could be further from the truth.