Expat Drinking in Spain – Why Do Expats (Especially the British) Drink So Much?

Wine barrels, Spain - copyright Sergio Flores Borrego, Creative Commons


One thing any visitor to Spain notices, if you see a group of expats, especially the British, they’re probably drinking copious amounts of alcohol. Not being able to manage their alcohol, or drinking to excess, is a huge part of expat life in Spain — and even the tourists manage to get in on it. But why?

Easy to figure out — it’s the price (it’s cheap 4-6 euros for a good bottle of wine), the availability (it’s everywhere) and the taste (superb!). Plus, expats, particularly those who don’t learn Spanish, are often lonely – and that means turning to the bottle.

But….as people who’ve lived and traveled in Spain for years, we’re here to tell any expats thinking of drinking to excess. Please don’t. Drink like the Spanish do – in moderation.

Watch this video and you’ll see what we mean.

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