Being drunk abroad 'British trait'

More than a quarter of people in the UK think getting drunk abroad is a British characteristic, a new survey has revealed.

Twenty-eight per cent of people think getting drunk abroad is a British attribute, while fewer than one in three people think working hard makes people British.

Opinium Research surveyed 2,012 UK adults and found that 60% of them thought drinking tea was a British trait - closely followed by talking about the weather.

Forty per cent of people associate a "stiff upper lip" with being British and 32% of people think supporting the Royal Family is a British characteristic.

But fewer than half of people living in England knew it was St George's Day on April 23, according to the survey.

Only 48% of people know the date which celebrates England's patron saint, yet 57% know when St Patrick's Day is.

In comparison, eight in 10 people in Wales know when St David's Day is and everyone surveyed in Northern Ireland knew when St Patrick's Day fell.

Despite not knowing England's saint's day, 61% of English people described themselves as English rather than British.

James Endersby, managing director of Opinium Research, said: "Our research has revealed that it's hard to pin down what it means to be British. With several stereotypical attributes making the list as well as wider personality traits, it goes to show that Britishness is a complex mix of characteristics."

The survey revealed that one in five adults would like an extra bank holiday to celebrate being British.

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