Archaeologists discover British soldiers were pretty wasted during WWI
British troops stationed in Israel drank a whole lot of spirits to keep their spirits up during the war.
While looking for way older things in northern Israel, archaeologists uncovered a collapsed Ottoman building that British soldiers hung out in for almost a year during the war. In a refuse pit near the building, they found soldier buttons, riding equipment and, most excitingly, booze.
And I mean a LOT of booze. 70 percent of the trash they uncovered was liquor bottles. It seems that British soldiers liked to drink as much as you'd expect they would.
“The pit contained a wealth of artifacts including fragments of fascinating bottles," said Ron Toueg, the excavation director, "each of which is a story onto itself." Indeed, the kind of story that starts with a drinking game and ends like "The Hangover."
So, what did the Brits like to drink?
“Mainly wine, beer, soda… and gin, liqueur and whiskey," described Brigitte Ouahnouna, one of the researchers. The British troops successfully took control of the region from the Ottomans during the war, and they apparently did it with a pretty high blood alcohol concentration.
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