Many assume that young Americans tend to binge drink more than Europeans, but that is not the case. Europeans like to party just as much as Americans. However, our drinking methods have a number of distinct differences. It’s not just what we drink, but how we drink that changes depending on what country you’re in.

Who Drinks Faster?

Perhaps it comes as no surprise that the fast-paced American culture has led Americans to drink their alcohol quickly too. The drinking culture is much more relaxed in Europe. Europeans tend to drink more frequently, but also more casually. They grew up drinking, so it’s never a show, and shots are not as popular.

The Music We Drink To

If you’re out on the town in Europe, EDM or dance-pop music is what many of the bars and clubs will be playing. In the US, rap has quickly become a solid part of mainstream bar culture. Expect to hear rap and hip-hop playing more often than not in US bars.

We Drink The Wine We Know

Is it the culture of buying local that is influencing both Americans and Europeans to drink wine from their own region? Or is it just that people are more likely to drink what they are familiar with? Either way, Americans tend to choose American wine and Europeans choose European wine. It’s as simple as that.

Chitchat With The Bartender Isn’t Common Everywhere

If you’ve ever been to an American bar, you’ve probably seen patrons at the bar stools chatting it up with the bartender. That’s the standard in the US, but generally not the case in Europe. There, bar-goers like to keep it quick, order their drink, and end the conversation.

Whiskey Versus Gin

The all-American tradition of drinking whiskey is a habit that to this day has not died. Americans are more likely to order whiskey, bourbon, and rye when they’re out at the bar. Europeans, on the other hand, especially Brits and Spaniards, tend to choose gin much more often.